Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Global Fund for Women

Kavita Ramdas believes that the world would be a better place if women’s basic human rights were strengthened, protected, and advocated for across the globe.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to have lunch with Kavita, the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, to discuss why investing in her fund makes a difference. For over 20 years this organization has been identifying women’s groups around the world that are meeting local needs in the areas of economic justice, ending gender-based violence, advancing health, providing access to education, and expanding civic and political participation. In funding them, I would be funding over 500 different groups a year that have been carefully screened for maximum impact. I suddenly felt a weight off my shoulders. Having struggled to find the time to search out organizations that were serving in the most underserved places in the world, I felt my prayers were answered. Kavita spoke passionately of so many programs that were impacting lives, real lives, people she had met and touched. Kavita’s home base is in San Francisco, but we all have an opportunity to meet her at their upcoming benefit in New York on June 5 th, in honor of the Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Though she is not particularly fond of glitzy fundraisers, she realizes that people need to be exposed to their work here on the East Coast, and this is a great way to do it.

The Global Fund for Women is an A ranked charity by the American Institute of Philanthropy and three stars on Charity Navigator. They are also a member of the Women’s Funding Network.

Consider being a donor to this amazing organization. Visit their website.

On June 5th they will be having a gala in New York City to both raise funds and build awareness. For more information and tickets email .

For an insightful recent oped by Kavita visit HuffPo.

1 comment:

Britt Bravo said...

Hi Jackie,

I'm helping the Global Fund for Women get the word out about a raffle they are holding to give away two tickets to the gala on June 5.

The cool thing is that your "raffle ticket" is a 200-word story about a woman or women who inspire you.

You can see more info. about the contest here, and read some of the stories that have already been submitted here.

Thanks for spreading the word about the Global Fund for Women's great work!