We offer this report as a tool, resource, and testimony to inform the understanding of how closing space, in all its forms, has a gendered impact.
Are you interested in learning more about Mama Cash's accomplishments last year, and reading about the exceptional and inspiring women's groups that she supported? Check out our latest annual report.
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Over 30 years of experience has taught us just what is needed to effectively fund feminist activism. We have been honing all the different aspects of our trade for decades, from identifying the groups that have transformational potential, to providing our grantee-partners with key connections, to making our evaluation processes helpful and manageable for small groups. The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan builds on this experience.
Mama Cash strategic Plan 2015-2020
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) has done a second survey among our grantees to learn about how they perceive their relationship with us. We are pleased to share the full report.
CEP survey
New research by Mama Cash, the International Network of Women’s Funds, and the International Human Rights Funders Group explores the role of resource mobilization in expanding local support for women’s rights and strengthening local cultures of philanthropy in the Global South and East.

Ten case studies document the strategies, successes, challenges, and opportunities faced by women’s funds in their local resource mobilization efforts.
Mama Cash has created a new briefing on how best to fund women’s, girls’ and trans* rights groups and movements to achieve lasting social change, and how working with women’s funds can help.
why fund women's funds
What is gender-based violence? Who experiences it? What and who gets left out of mainstream definitions? The groups Mama Cash funds are not only committed to ending violence, but are also redefining and challenging the very definition of what violence is, including who experiences it. To capture the lessons from this ground-breaking work, Mama Cash has developed a report that documents the work of 27 groups around the world.
who counts report
Over three years of working closely with young women, exploring young feminist culture and re-assessing their own internal systems, we learned that it is not only necessary for funders to take notice of young women’s and girls’ groups, but vital. Following are seven recommendations to consider when venturing into this exciting sphere along with examples of how Comunity of Practice members moved these ideas in action.
Mama Cash has joined efforts with The Red Umbrella Fund and the Open Society Foundations to map global grantmaking for sex worker rights by foundations and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The European Foundation Centre’s thematic network on gender equality, has published its first collaborative work, titled “Grantmaking with a gender lens”.
EFC gender lens cover
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) has done a survey among our grantees to learn about how they perceive their relationship with us. We are pleased to share the full report.
Mama Cash and GrantCraft developed a practical how-to guide for European funders interested in initiating or increasing support to women and girls.
Grantcraft Guide Funding for Inclusion
In 2011, Mama Cash launched a research report, Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding for Women and Girls. This report was commissioned by Mama Cash, produced by the Foundation Center and Weisblatt & associés, and conducted in cooperation with the European Foundation Centre.The research findings point both to exciting potential and to hurdles yet to be cleared.

90% of European foundations surveyed expressed interest in at least one issue related to women and girls. About one third (37%) intentionally focus at least some of their work on women and girls.
European Giving Women and Girls
"On the Move for Women's Rights" is Mama Cash's strategic plan for the period 2009-2013. Our five-year plan represents the culmination of twenty-five years of experience in funding women's and girls' rights groups and initiatives, as well as an intensive year-long process of reflection and consultation.
Strategic Plan 2009-2013
In 2014, we supported 114 activist women’s, girls’ and trans groups with a total of more than 3,9 million euros. Do you want to see more facts and figures and examples of the groups Mama Cash supported in 2014?
Mama Cash Annual Report