Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund for Human Rights

The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) was founded in 1969 and has funded over 515 projects in 93 countries, focusing on issues ranging from education and health to economic empowerment and human rights.

VGIF provides small grants up to $7,500 USD to grassroots projects that are led by women and that help empower women and girls, in developing countries around the world.

VGIF supports organizations that are governed and directed by women; organizations in developing countries, including the emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, which address issues such as:

  • Economic empowerment
  • Community development
  • Health and nutritional support
  • Literacy and leadership training
  • Educational seminars and workshops
  • Promoting education in the sciences for girls
  • Women’s human rights

The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) provides small grants to grassroots projects that empower women and girls. VGIF often provides early support, funding innovative projects that help grow new organizations, test new community change strategies and foster women leaders.

Four special funds created to provide grant funding for specific types of projects:

  1. Erna Hamburger Fund (EHF)
  2. Asian Regional Endowment (ARE)
  3. Central/South America/Caribbean Regional Endowment Fund (CSACRE)
  4. Leaders Fund (LF)

For more information, visit VGIF.



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