How We Fund

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We are interested in dynamic, long-term, highly engaged partnerships centered around shared learning, and mutual accountability. Once we fund an organization, we are also committed to providing support beyond project funding when needed.

We identify organizations and projects through outreach and follow up when we see opportunity and alignment with our mission, values, partner selection criteria and program selection criteria, described below.

Current grant opportunities are by invitation only.

Currently we offer project-based restricted funding. While we do not offer funding for operating costs alone, our funding can cover part of the organization's operating costs.

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Partner Selection

Local organizations

Organizations that are legally registered as a local non-profit (or equivalent). Organizations that have an independent governing board, paid and professional staff, basic management, accounting and reporting systems, and a track record with program implementation.

Locally-led, and preferably women-led

We believe local leaders and communities should have ownership over their own development and futures, and that local solutions are the most impactful and sustainable. We also prioritize funding to organizations that are women-led or have a clear objective to raise the voices of women within their organization. Women’s voices are under-represented, and we believe that women deeply understand the needs of communities and are often in the best position to address them.

Working in countries most in need

We prioritize funding in countries where the needs are most pronounced (based on the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index), and within those countries we aim to support the most vulnerable regions. However, we do not fund organizations operating in countries where there are high security threats.

Program Selection Criteria

We will evaluate programs based on the 7 areas below.

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