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Global Fund for Women and International Museum of Women merge

Alliance magazine 5 March 2014

Global Fund for Women and the International Museum of Women (IMOW) have today announced that they have merged. The merger brings together Global Fund’s expertise on issues, grantmaking and fundraising with IMOW’s skills in awareness …


EVPA Conference 2013: Why gender balance matters

Antonella Notari Vischer 4 December 2013

I liked the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) annual forum even before it opened, for several reasons: it was being held in Geneva, my home base; and it featured a nearly equal participation of men …


Semillas’ philosophy: Building a network for investing in social change

Antonia Orr 8 November 2013

Semillas (Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer), the only women’s fund in Mexico, has a defined and unique philosophy of philanthropy in Mexico, which is best displayed by our network of individual donors. This …

Turning the tide: new methods of cooperation (and philanthropy)

Carla López 1 August 2013

During the 1980s the Central American region went through several armed conflicts. In the same period, social movements demanding justice became stronger. The contribution of women was key to the changes taking place in Central …

Giving with awareness for change

Elena Rey 28 June 2013

In many of Bogota’s supermarkets, when a woman pays for her shopping she is asked if she wants to donate ‘a few pesos to a cause’. There is usually not much variety in the causes. …

How women in rural India are adapting to a changing climate

Rucha Chitnis 21 June 2013

At a meeting with women farmers in the Sundarbans in West Bengal, India, they share how climate change is increasing women’s burden and responsibilities on farms and at home as men leave in search of …

‘Seize the moment’ philanthropy (haste doesn’t make waste)

1 Mirjana Mirosavljevic Bobic 14 May 2013

An unstable political situation and constant violations of human rights is a fertile atmosphere for emergency situations to arise, but also offers an opportunity for responsible philanthropists to act and react. Most readers would agree …

Funding women’s rights in the DRC: perspectives of a local women’s fund

2 Nyota Babunga 8 April 2013

Over the past 18 years, the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced ongoing conflict, with escalating sexual violence capturing the attention of people everywhere, including funders and the international media. …

Philanthropy in Spain… but… does that exist?

1 Maria Palomares Arenas 7 March 2013

I have only recently started working at Calala, the first women’s fund to be created in Spain, and I have to admit that entering this world has been quite a discovery for me. I come …

A strategy to advance social change philanthropy: strengthening the capacity of local women’s funds in wealthy economies

Linda To 8 January 2013

A wealthy economy does not necessarily indicate a commitment to social change philanthropy, and a developed economy does not always go hand in hand with a democratic political structure or an awareness about human rights. …