Help Women & Girls Fund
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Help Women & Girls Fund

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This fund is for donors who seek to address the disproportionate burden on women and girls among people living in extreme poverty. Supporting effective charities like those listed below mean women have broader access to prenatal care, family planning resources, and opportunities for economic empowerment.  In turn, supporting women and girls enhances the well-being of the entire community.

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Fund Objective

Despite significant gains in gender equality in the past two decades, women and girls are still disproportionately affected by extreme poverty. When you donate to effective women’s charities, you’re making the world a safer, healthier, and fairer place. Read more

Fund Recipients

Development Media International
Development Media International runs large-scale media campaigns in low-income countries to create informative and engaging programming that focuses on maternal and child health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, sexual reproductive health and early childhood development.
Educate Girls
Educate Girls trains community volunteers in India to promote girls' education. They mobilize resources and address social barriers to enroll and retain girls in schools.
Fistula Foundation
Fistula Foundation is the global leader in treating obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that leaves women incontinent, humiliated, and often shunned by their communities. In addition to covering direct surgery costs, Fistula Foundation also supports surgeon training, facilities equipment, grassroots community outreach and holistic post-surgery reintegration.
Population Services International
Population Services International helps women live healthier lives and plan the families they desire.
Village Enterprise
Village Enterprise equips the extreme poor in Africa with resources to start sustainable businesses through a four-part program: entrepreneurship training, a cash grant, business mentoring, and a savings group. There is strong evidence that this leads to a significant and persistent increase in income. Village Enterprise has a sustained focus on increasing gender equity. In 2021, 83% of first-time entrepreneurs in the program were women.

Currently, funds raised will be evenly distributed among charity recipients.

Our Giving Strategy

Our charity evaluation framework explains why and how our team identifies and evaluates recommended charities. Our framework seeks to be:

  • Focused: We focus on problems that are important, tractable, and neglected amongst people living in extreme poverty.
  • Adaptive: We consider a wide range of solutions and organizations with diverse strategies to achieve impact.
  • Practical: We identify the most cost-effective charities, and encourage the greatest number of people to donate.
  • Data-driven: We draw on the best possible evidence available to estimate the impact of each charity.

The Help Women & Girls Fund seeks to empower and support women and girls by increasing knowledge and access to vital health services, including sexual and reproductive health resources, and supporting opportunities to increase their lifetime incomes.  Approaches include: 

  1. Creating engaging, informative media campaigns that help women tackle issues disproportionately impacting their health, including maternal and child health, nutrition, sexual reproductive health, and early childhood development.1
  2. Providing effective health care services, including filling unmet demand for contraception and administering cost-effective obstetric fistula surgeries as well as post-surgery reintegration programs that help women regain their place in their families and communities after devastating childbirth injuries.2
  3. Increasing economic opportunities by equipping women with the resources to start and sustain businesses through seed funding, training, mentorship and savings groups.3

1Development Media International (media promoting healthcare utilization, family planning, early childhood development), Population Services International (promotion of health behaviors)
2Fistula Foundation, Population Services International (reproductive health education)
3Village Enterprise (entrepreneurship training and support)

Fund Managers

Our research and evaluation team works to recommend high impact investments. Contact us if you would like to know more.

  • Anna Demant – Advisor, Research and Evaluation
  • Bilal Siddiqi – Advisor, Research and Evaluation
  • Matias Nestore – Associate, Research and Evaluation
  • Katie Stanford – Research & Business Intelligence Manager