OVERVIEW: The Global Fund for Women supports organizations fighting for women’s sexual, reproductive, economic, social, and political rights.
IP TAKE: This is strictly a grassroots and community-based funder.
PROFILE: Anne Firth Murray, Frances Kissling, Laura Lederer, and Nita Barrow established the Global Fund for Women in 1987 in Palo Alto, California. Spurred by a lack of funding interest for women’s rights causes, the group sought to become “[a] global champion for the human rights of women and girls” partly by using “[p]owerful networks to find, fund, and amplify the courageous work of women who are building social movements and challenging the status quo.” It awards grants women-led organizations through its Freedom from Violence, Economic Political, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programs.
The Global Fund for Women’s grantmaking addresses a number of rights issues in the LGBTQ funding space. For instance, the fund’s sexual and reproductive health program supports “[g]roups who fearlessly demand sexual and health rights for LGBTQI communities in places where these rights are consistently denied.”
The majority of grants fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range and support nonprofits based outside of the United States. The fund focuses its grantmaking on supporting grassroots, local, and community organizations around the world that are helping build strong and effective women’s rights movements. To get a broad sense about the types of organizations supported by the Global Fund for Women, explore its informative grants database.
The Global Fund for Women accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and requests for funding. Grantmaking is limited to organizations working in Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa.
- Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Kenya/USA
- Clare Winterton, Vice President of Programs and Integration
- Rufaro Kangai, Director of Programs
- Zahra Vieneuve, Program Director, Freedom from Violence
- Siri Svanoe, Program Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
- Sangeeta Chowdhry, Program Director, Economic and Political Empowerment