At Global Fund for Women, we believe that grassroots movements have the power to disrupt the status quo and radically alter the course of history for women and girls—and all historically marginalized people and communities globally.
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Global Fund for Women was founded in 1987 in Palo Alto, California, by four bold women: Anne Firth Murray, Frances Kissling, Laura Lederer, and Nita Barrow. They were convinced that women’s human rights were essential to social, economic, and political change around the world, for the benefit of us all. Frustrated by a lack of interest in funding women’s human rights, they founded an organization to fund grass-roots women-led movements directly. Our founders knew that trusting local partners to drive solutions in their own communities would lead to meaningful, lasting change. They were right.
Over the course of 30+ years, Global Fund for Women has supported feminist movements and grassroots organizers to end civil wars, get female Presidents elected, and secure laws giving new protection to millions. Today, building on historic wins and the latest research, we are doubling down on supporting movements. By shifting towards a movement-led approach, Global Fund for Women will harness and fuel rising people-power globally to increase their impact and accelerate change.
The Global Fund for Women awarded the organization's first grants in 1988 to eight grantees totaling $31,000.
In September 1996, Murray retired and was succeeded by Kavita N. Ramdas. Ramdas ended her 14-year tenure at the Global Fund in September 2010, and was succeeded by Musimbi Kanyoro in August 2011.
In September 2005, the Global Fund for Women created the Legacy Fund, which is the largest endowment in the world dedicated exclusively to women's rights. It donates over $8.5 million annually to women-led organizations.
Latanya Mapp Frett, who previously served as executive director of Planned Parenthood Global, was appointed president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women in June 2019.
The Global Fund for Women is an international grantmaking foundation that supports groups working to advance the human rights of women and girls. They advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.
The Global Fund for Women publishes an annual report reporting their financial status, information on their grant partners, and recognition of their donors. This report also contains reflections, statistics and projections about the status of women and girls around the world.
The Global Fund for Women also publishes "Impact Reports" which focus on specific issues impacting women and girls.
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