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

Publication date: 
January, 2009

In recent years, interest in philanthropy for and by women has intensified, accompanied by a growing acceptance of the idea that philanthropic investments in women and girls can accelerate positive change in communities. To understand this evolution in thinking and practice within philanthropy, the Foundation Center partnered with the Women’s Funding Network, a global movement of women’s funds, to chart the current landscape of philanthropy focused on women and girls and document the specific role played by women’s funds.

This report examines women’s funds’ distinctive contributions to philanthropy—from their grantmaking impact to their strides in gaining recognition for the importance of investing in women and girls as essential solution-builders.

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