Case study: Feminist philanthropy on the streets of Latin America

Luz Aquilante

The Women’s Fund from the South (FMS) was created in 2007 to promote women's rights by investing in women-led organizations, particularly at the grassroots level. Part of the International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF/Prospera), it supports women’s rights organizations through direct and flexible grants based on the conviction that women have enormous potential to be agents of social change. It plays a critical role in widening the access of organizations to resources and has mobilized more than US$3 million from overseas and supported over 100 women’s groups.

In recent years, external donor funding for Latin American civil society organizations has declined. This has hit the women’s movement particularly hard since women have also largely been excluded from the benefits of economic growth.

Fundraisers talk directly to people in Argentina’s cities. Such campaigns are also used for raising awareness

To counter this, women’s funds have focused their attention on mobilizing local resources and, over the last 18 months, FMS has been running short Direct Dialogue campaigns in the cities of Argentina which aim to recruit small but long-term individual donors.

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