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Fundraising Resources for Women and Girls Worldwide

Women Thrive Worldwide: Realize a Free & Safe World for Women

This resource guide seeks to provide an overview of resources, guides, and sources of funding for organizations working with women and girls.


Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding for Women and Girls

A 2010 survey report that summarizes European foundation granting to programs intended to benefit women and girls…[more]

Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women’s Funds

To understand the increased inclusion and role of women within philanthropy, the Foundation Center partnered with the Women’s Funding Network to chart the current landscape of philanthropy focused on women and girls and document the specific role played by women’s funds…[more]

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID): “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights?”

AWID has multiple publications available concerning funding for women and girls’ organizations…[more]

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID): “WITMs Compilation of Resource Mobilization Tools”

Quality and user friendly information on how to fundraise, write a grant proposal or find donors supporting different sectors and themes, this initiative has reviewed the existing online resources to produce this short document containing what we believe are interesting and good quality manuals, toolkits and guides produced by various organizations on how to mobilize and access funding…[more]

Fundraising for Change: A Practical Guide for Women’s Rights Organizations

Designed especially for first-time fundraisers, the Global Fund for Women’s updated handbook presents some key ideas about raising money to fund women’s rights work in today’s global political and economic context…[more]

Funding Sources for Gender-Equality and Women-focused Projects

This resource is divided into five sections: Women’s Funds (those dedicated to gender-equality and women-focused rights projects), Foundations, International Development Agencies, Prizes, and on-line Directories…[more]


The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Cultivating Philanthropy by Women” by Holly Hall

Female donors now have the means, but they’re still not as willing as men to part with their money…[more]

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP): “Philanthropy and Gender: Not Your Mother’s Bake Sale” by Martha Keates

When it comes to giving money away, are there differences between men and women and their philanthropic behavior?  Numerous studies and countless anecdotal observations suggest that there are significant differences…[more]

Networks & Institutes

Women’s Funding Network

Women’s Funding Network is more than 150 organizations that fund women’s solutions across the globe, making us one of the largest collaborative philanthropic networks in the world. Our members are women’s foundations that span public charities, private foundations and funds within community foundations…[more]

International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF)

The INWF is a unique network in which funders in both the North and the South are organized democratically, and are organically linked to the feminist movement – from which almost all of them emerged. Currently the INWF has seventeen members committed to expanding the resources available to women’s rights organizations around the world…[more]

Women Grants

A regularly updated compilation of grants available for women and girls’ organizations…[more]

Women’s Philanthropy Institute

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute, a part of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, furthers the understanding of women’s philanthropy through research, education, and knowledge dissemination…[more]

Selected Foundations

The Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. We advocate for and defend women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world…[more]

Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a grant-giving foundation based in London. It was founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support the international human rights movement…[more]

Hewlett Foundation- Population Program

The Population Program has two goals: to enhance and protect the reproductive health and rights of individuals and to stabilize global populations in ways that promote social and economic well-being and sustain the environment…[more]

Mama Cash

Mama Cash is the oldest international women’s fund – established in the Netherlands in 1983. She supports pioneering and innovative women’s initiatives around the world, because she believes that social change starts with women and girls…[more]

Nike Foundation

Nike Foundation works to get girls on the international agenda and drive resources to them. The Foundation believes the best way to do that is to prove that investment in her unleashes the girl effect…[more]

Packard Foundation- Population and Reproductive Health

The Population and Reproductive Health program works to slow population growth in high fertility areas of the world and to enhance and protect women’s reproductive health and reproductive rights, especially for marginalized and disadvantaged girls, women, and communities…[more]

Multilateral Organizations

UN Women

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women provides grants to fuel innovative, high-impact programs by government agencies and civil society groups through two funds—the Fund for Gender Equality and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women…[more]

The Fund for Gender Equality

The Fund for Gender Equality is a multi-donor initiative designed to advance high-impact gender equality programmes that focus on women’s economic and/or political empowerment at local and national levels. The Fund is unique in its focus on turning local and national laws and policies into tangible gains for women’s rights…[more]

UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women

The UN Trust Fund is managed by the UN Women on behalf of the UN system. The UN Trust Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports local, national and regional efforts to end violence against women and girls…[more]


UNDEF was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. UNDEF has a specific interest in women’s groups…[more]

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