Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is a publicly supported, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that advances women’s human rights by funding women-led organizations worldwide.



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.

The Global Fund for Women envisions a just, compassionate and equitable world in which all people, regardless of their gender, class, age, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability may live free of poverty, violence, and all forms of discrimination. Women everywhere have a voice, have choices, and are able to realize their full potential within their societies.

Our Movement

GFW brings together a community of men and women who are part of a global women’s movement committed to justice.

Grantees:  Our network of feminist activists encompasses more than 4,200 women’s rights organizations in 172 countries since 1987. These groups and their affiliated networks collectively advance women’s rights through their contributions to global movements for social justice.

Donors:  More than 20,000 individuals and philanthropic institutions have contributed to GFW. They reside in every US state and over 40 countries.

Board:  Our Board is comprised of 17 women originating from 12 different countries and includes scholars, activists, entrepreneurs, media producers, and medical and financial professionals. They provide both strategic guidance and oversight in the areas of financial management and governance.

Advisors:  GFW relies on an extensive advisory network comprised of 150 official advisors and nearly 2,000 informal advisors, all volunteers, living in every major geographic region of the world.

Staff:  GFW operates with a diverse professional staff, divided into 4 teams: Finance and Administration, Development, Communications, and Programs. These individuals hail from more than a dozen countries, and administer daily operations from our San Francisco and New York City offices.



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