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Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women's rights by making grants that support and strengthen women's groups around the world. We mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. We bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women's action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.

Human Rights, Gender & Equality

All 170 countries:
  Summary by region:

Date Founded: 1987
Number of Staff: 58

Description of Services:
The Global Fund is honored to work in a supportive, trust-based partnership with women's rights organizations in nearly 200 countries. The extraordinary courage, perseverance and leadership of these groups advance the international women's movement and promote social justice worldwide.

Our grants range from $500 to a maximum annual grant of $30,000. We primarily provide flexible, general support grants that address universal issues such as reproductive health and choice, access to education, economic independence, environmental sustainability, political participation, the rights of sexual minorities and the prevention of violence against women and girls.
The Global Fund for Women was founded by three ordinary but bold women from Palo Alto, California who dreamed of creating a different way to connect people and ideas around the globe: Anne Firth Murray, Founding President, Frances Kissling and Laura Lederer.

They were convinced that women's human rights and dignity were essential to the advancement of global agendas for social, economic, and political change. They believed that by putting resources into the hands of grassroots women leaders, women would change the world. Frustrated by traditional philanthropy's lack of interest in funding women's groups and human rights, these three women founded the Global Fund for Women and made the first contributions.
Accomplishments & Progress:
- Helped to seed & sustain 27 women's funds in 21 countries, sowing a network of women-led philanthropic organizations in each major geographic region.
- Funded advocacy that secured legislation criminalizing domestic violence in Indonesia, Nicaragua, Mongolia, the Philippines, Bulgaria, the DRC, Ghana, Kenya & Zimbabwe.
- Supported advocacy for women's reproductive rights in 94 countries & successful efforts to legalize abortion in Mexico City & Colombia.
- Invested in the first out lesbian groups in India, Slovenia, Thailand, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, China, Lebanon & Turkey.
- Advanced women's role in peacebuilding by sustaining women?s participation in peace processes in Liberia, the DRC, Nepal, the Balkans, Colombia & elsewhere.

9 Foundation Affiliations
Foundation Name Year Funded Verification Status
Hewlett Foundation 2006 Verified
MacArthur Foundation 2006 Verified
Packard Foundation 2002 Verified
Rockefeller Foundation 1997 Verified
Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network 2006 Verified
Gates Foundation 2001 Verified
Ford Foundation 2006 Verified
W. K. Kellogg Foundation 2006 Verified
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2007 Verified
Financial Information   Verified
Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue: $16,508,956 $14,196,301 $12,137,100
        Program Services Expenses: $13,174,573
(76% of total)
(77% of total)
(78% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $1,192,658
(7% of total)
(8% of total)
(6% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $2,948,086
(17% of total)
(14% of total)
(16% of total)
        Total Expenses: $17,315,317 $15,497,662 $14,833,203

Additional Background Information: The Global Fund for Women is a grantmaking foundation that seeds, supports and strengthens women's rights groups all over the globe. We believe that philanthropy is an opportunity for each of us to make a difference in the world. We rely on the generous donations of a diverse network of individuals, foundations and corporations to enable the Global Fund to make flexible grants with respect and trust. In order to continue to provide this flexible support, our grantees decide where it is needed most. Please understand that we cannot designate donor gifts to any specific organization.

Musimbi Kanyoro
CEO Phone: (415) 248-4800
Development Director:
Elaine Martyn
VP of Development
Phone: (415) 248-4800
Volunteer Coordinator:
Mikaela Rioux
Office Manager
Phone: (415) 248-4800
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Kozue Akibayashi, Japan
Julie Parker Benello, USA
Charlotte Bunch, USA
Supriya Pillai, India/USA
Abigail Disney, USA
Nurgul Djanaeva, Kyrgyzstan
Dina Dublon, Secretary, USA
Lydia Alpzar Durn, Costa Rica/Brazil
Hoda Elsadda, Egypt/United Kingdom
Linda Gruber, USA
Leila Hessini, Board Chair, Algeria/USA
Boriana Jonsson, Bulgaria/Sweden
Gay McDougall, USA
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, South Africa
Marissa Wesely, Treasurer, USA
Sakena Yacoobi, Afghanistan

222 Sutter Street, Suite 500
San Francisco , CA 94108
United States
Phone: (415) 248-4800
Fax: (415) 248-4801
Web: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org

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