The Global Fund for Children is a public charity grantmaker headquartered in Washington, DC. It is unique because it makes grants directly to international groups registered in their countries but not those that are affiliates of US-based organizations (they do make a very limited number of grants in the US). The Fund believes that locally created and locally managed organizations have a better chance of succeeding and surviving. They also highly value the insight and knowledge that their grantee partners share with them and other organizations.
In an audio-recorded session at the Washington, DC Office of the Foundation Center on June 5, 2012, Victoria Dunning, Vice President for Programs at the Fund, outlines the Fund’s view of what children need to succeed: learning, safe places, a healthy mind and body, and enterprise (life and workplace skills).
She also describes some compelling projects the Fund has supported -- from northern Pakistan to Senegal. Victoria goes on to explain the Global Fund’s grantmaking strategy as that of scouting out emergent or overlooked areas, supporting projects financially and strengthening them through capacity building so that they maximize their impact.
What does the Fund look for in terms of proposals?
- Locally created and locally led initiatives
- Direct service projects
- Effective programs
To learn more about the Global Fund for Children visit their web site, which uses multimedia to share the work of their grantee partners and to highlight critical issues facing children around the world. Listen Now >>
This was originally posted on the Philanthropy Front and Center-Cleveland blog. Many thanks to Katie Artzner for the write-up!