Study of Available Funding for Women and Girls24. August 2011 - 0:00 — Dejan Georgievski
A new study, “Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding for Women and Girls”, commissioned by Mama Cash, has managed to comprehensively document and present the scope, distribution and diversity of European-based funding focused on women and girls. The study was conducted in 2010 by the Foundation Center and Weisblatt & Associates, in cooperation with the European Foundation Centre. The study covered 145 foundations across 19 countries in Europe.
In general, 73% of foundations in this study were found to be active in the area of education. Other areas of funding including health, arts and culture and community development. Children and youth were the top beneficiary population for these foundations.
Although a considerable number of foundations were found to be involved in some kind of grantmaking or programmatic activities targeted at women and girls, it has also been recorded that a majority of foundations (58 percent) allocated less than 10 percent of their expenditures benefiting women and girls.
The foundations surveyed also identified eight issues of interest for women and girls. “Particularly high levels of interest were noted for violence against women (74 percent), poverty among women and/or girls (73 percent), and women’s and/or girls’ access to education (71 percent).”
Only 30% of foundations expressed interest in issues related to lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.
The study has also recorded the key practices identified by the foundations for successfully supporting women and girls. These practices are:
1) developing strong board and executive staff leadership who understand the importance of giving to women and girls,
2) providing ongoing professional development for staff to build organizational capacity related to women and girls,
3) creating foundation practices, policies, and strategies that are flexible and adapted to fit the unique needs of organisations serving women and girls, and
4) paying close attention to the importance of data and impact.
The study is available at this link, or as a PDF document.