Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development

By: Gary Darmstadt, Sarah Henry and Luca Passerini; Originally posted by Impatient Optimist

Over the last decade the Grand Challenges family of programs has fostered innovation and partnership to address some of the world’s most difficult global health and development challenges for the poor and marginalized.  This week, as part of an exciting evolution at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are launching a new Grand Challenge to more effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls. Read more...

Catapult’s Next Chapter

By: Jill Sheffield & Katja Iversen, Women Deliver

It’s an unacceptable, but true fact: organizations working on behalf of girls and women raise less than half as much funding than other nonprofits and charities. Two years ago, Women Deliver and its partners decided it was time to execute a bold new strategy to fill this gap. With a few brilliant minds and some creative ideas, Catapult – the world’s first crowdfunding platform for girls’ and women’s equality – was born. In 2012, Catapult was launched as a start-up under the umbrella of Women Deliver, and we are excited to announce that, just two years later, it’s emerging as an independent organization. Read more...

New Fund For Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to Support Women, Girls and Marginalized

On Monday, the Danish government, the Dutch government, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation launched a new fund that will help grassroots organizations working to change policies that improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women, girls and other marginalized individuals. AmplifyChange – initially a two-year, $19.4million fund – aims to secure universal recognition of SRHR as a human right, enabling women, men and young people to realize their full potential. Read more...

Gates Highlights Centrality of Girls and Women in Development

In an article today in Science, Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation writes on the need to recognize girls and women as central to development and to systemically address gender inequality. She also discusses the Gates Foundation’s current shortfalls around gender equality and women’s empowerment, and how those areas will be addressed through new initiatives in the coming year. Read more...

Merck Investigator Studies Program Offers Funds for Medical Research

Merck, a leading research-based healthcare company, is offering funds for academic and community-based medical researchers in a number of areas, including maternal health. In particular, research on pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage and maternal morbidity is of interest. Researchers based in the United States may apply through this website, and researchers from outside the U.S. should contact their local Merck office. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Proof You Can Change the World

By: Tyler LePard, Catapult

With so much bad news lately (Israel-Gaza, the sexual assault and beating of a 17-year-old girl at Comic-Con, the ebola epidemic, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case…), sometimes it can feel like the world is a dark and hopeless place. But there’s a bright light shining at Catapult—we’ve received an overwhelming number of one-year reports from Catapult projects, showing donors how their money was spent and the impact they’ve contributed to. It’s heartening to see evidence that small actions can add up to real change for girls and women around the world. Read more...

Celebrating Catapult’s First Year: $3 Million Raised for Girls

Today, on the International Day of the Girl, we also celebrate the first year of the first-ever crowdfunding platform for girls and women, Catapult. In just one year, Catapult has raised $3 million for 207 projects beneiffting girls in 59 different countries. The top themes for these projects include education and training, advocacy and health. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more, and join us in congratulating Catapult! Read more...

Connectivity: The Real Currency of Change

By: Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver President and Maz Kessler, Catapult Founder; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Donors today are no longer content to write an annual check to a charity and then tuck their checkbook in the drawer until the next year. Posting our "like" on Facebook is an easy 30-second fix, but oddly unsatisfying. We know there is a problem, but feel helpless to actually solve it. In this era of connectivity, we all want the opportunity to make a difference. Read more...

Women Deliver Announces Real Impact for Girls and Women

In Partnership with CHIME FOR CHANGE, Founded by GUCCI, Crowdfunding site Funds 210 Projects in 81 Countries for Girls' and Women's Rights

New York, NY, July 16, 2013 —, a new, groundbreaking crowdfunding platform dedicated to justice for girls and women, turned the $3.9 million (after VAT) in funds raised by Gucci’s June 1 London benefit concert THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE into real impact for 84 organizations through an exclusive online giving partnership.  Read more...


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