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Democratisation of philanthropy

The democratisation of philanthropy is anchored in the core value that funding to advance social causes can only achieve its full impact if it is ethical and decolonised. We believe this can only be achieved by reallocating and redistributing power over decisions and resource allocation to people, groups and organisations who are experts in their own work and contexts. Shared decision making is the future and furthermore, the Covid-19 pandemic has created global urgency to move this ethos forward.

Our commitment

Women Win is committed to championing innovative funding strategies to channel resources to local human/ gender rights activists, organisations and movements. We seek the transformation of philanthropy by championing shared decision-making at strategic governance level with representatives of the impacted people/communities. Positioning local experts as central actors leading processes. By moving towards more democratised philanthropic models, we believe our tools and methodologies can be leveraged towards a greater sector-wide commitment towards equity, accountability and necessary innovation for fluid contexts.

Tools and methodologies:

Pooled Funding

A pooled fund is comprised of multiple individual funders. Pooled funding helps amplify the value of the fund, for both funders and partners, by creating more effective mechanisms.

This type of funding model strengthens the resilience and sustainability of the fund by diversifying the income sources and reducing both the risk and dependency as well as power of one contributor/partner.

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Shared governance:

The model is based on a shared and collaborative approach to grantmaking which shifts power from individual funders to a representative group of key stakeholders. This is achieved by forming an Advisory Committee with representatives from key stakeholders as close to the local context as possible. This group convenes regularly to discuss and reflect on their individual goals and the goals of the fund. By leveraging shared governance in fund management, Women Win endeavors to work collaboratively with local experts for grantmaking decisions to disrupt traditional grant management processes thereby fostering faster and more effective responses to changing complex contexts.

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Participatory Grantmaking

One of the main elements of democratising philanthropy is to engage in decision making those who are directly affected by the issues. As Women Win seeks to develop increasingly decolonised processes for grantmaking, participatory methods remain at its core – with activists, civil-society leaders and nonprofit members leading all grantmaking decisions.

By using participatory grantmaking, Women Win aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all the phases of grantmaking and enable members of the community to have the power to determine how resources are allocated.

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Fiscal sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship is a contractual relationship that allows a person or group to advance its activities with the benefit of the tax-exempt status of a sponsor organisation.

Women Win is the fiscal sponsor of a variety of projects and selected organisations aligned with our vision and mission. Women Win offers bespoke processes and structures for project incubation to a wide range of gender equity initiatives extending our legal and tax-exempt status. Emerging organisations and activists can receive external funds and operate during their start-up phase.

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Learning Hub

The learning hub is a technology-rich learning environment that provides formal and informal opportunities for members to come together with peers, funders, grantees, and other experts. It is a shared-learning ecosystem through which peer-to-peer and funder-grantee learning exchanges are facilitated and help work towards capacity building of all participants.

The learning hub enables an innovative interactive platform for real-time learning and network building, and moves away from a traditionally extractive, transactional, and top-down donor-grantee reporting relationship.

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Learn more about

our funds:


ONSIDE is a pooled fund supporting hyperlocal solutions driven by girls and young women-led groups and organisations to tackle inequalities in sports at all levels. Groups access unrestricted funds to support girls, women and non-binary people in exercising their right to play and therefore advancing gender justice in sport at all levels.

Free Fund

The FREE (Financial Resilience and Economic Empowerment) Fund provides economic resilience funding for adolescent girls and young women impacted by COVID-19. This fund identifies promising initiatives, provides resources to expand and scale existing work, and connects innovators to be able to create and share solutions.

The Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains

The Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains is a first-of-its-kind pooled funding initiative for companies, corporate foundations, and private foundations to invest in the long-term health, well-being, and economic resilience of women who form the backbone of global supply chains.

Numun Fund

The Numun Fund is a feminist technology response which aims to support feminist groups, organisations and networks led by women, non-binary and trans people who use technology to advance feminist organising and gender-just outcomes.