Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women

800 Market St. 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 248-4800

Shanda Brooks
Chief of Staff

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1987
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 2002
Number of sponsored projects: 15 international women’s funds

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
We charge a 5% administrative fee. Our fiscal sponsorship program is set up so that women’s funds outside the United States can cultivate their U.S. donor base by doing fundraisers, house parties, mass mailings, etc. and then give their donors the option of donating directly to GFW. The Global Fund maintains discretion and control over the donations. The 5% admin fees covers our Development and Grants Administration team’s staff time on processing these gifts and subsequently making grants to the participating women’s fund.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values
  • Type of service
  • Minimum budget
  • Other: The main criterion is that a participant in our fiscal sponsorship program must be an international women’s fund that has done at least one year of grantmaking. To be considered, a women’s fund must first complete an application and give us a sense of their fundraising goals in the United States. After their application is reviewed by myself and the Management team we will either accept the women’s fund or let them know the reason for their not being accepted into the program.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Other: While the participating women’s fund might re-fund to any of the above listed projects, we ourselves do not sponsor projects.

Services we offer projects:

  • Other: Again, we only offer this program to a women’s fund that is fairly well established and has a general mission like our own. This program allows for the International Network of Women’s Funds to cultivate a donor base here in the United States thus getting more money to the women’s movement.

Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship

Organization description:
Global Fund for Women envisions a world in which movements for gender justice have transformed power and privilege for a few into equity and equality for all. As a feminist fund, we offer flexible support to a diverse group of partners—more than 5,000 groups across 175 countries so far—to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes. To learn more about our work, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.