Women's Funds

Strengthening women’s funds

Mama Cash began with five feminist activists around a kitchen table. Today we are one of the world’s largest international women’s funds. Our goal is to be one of many.

Mama Cash aims to be part of a powerful and well-resourced movement of women’s funds that spans every corner of the globe. We are committed to supporting other women’s funds as they grow in size, effectiveness and influence.

A resource base for feminist activism 

We have a long way to go before women’s, girls’, trans and intersex rights groups have sufficient resources and support to achieve their goals. But we urgently need to get there. Together with women’s funds worldwide, Mama Cash strives to build and sustain the resource base for feminist activism and to secure lasting social change.

Donor, peer and partner

Mama Cash is a donor, peer and partner to women’s funds around the world. As a donor, we provide women’s funds with grants and accompaniment support like peer learning, information sharing and skill development. As a peer, we are part of an international network of women’s funds that shares experiences and learns together to improve our efforts. We identify and create opportunities, such as participation in special joint initiatives or thematic convenings, where women’s funds can discuss and strategise about emerging issues critical to women’s rights. As a partner, we collaborate with other women’s funds to raise resources, make grants and influence the donor community to fund feminist activism.

Close to the movements they serve

Like Mama Cash, women’s funds usually emerge out of the activist movements they serve. That puts them in a prime position to identify and direct funding where it is most needed. Women’s funds are often the first source of funding for groups that are overlooked by broader social justice movements. Their in-depth knowledge of the issues and close relationships to the groups they fund make them attuned to changing contexts. Women’s funds are also acutely aware of the need to build bridges across movements, such as the women’s rights and environmental justice movements. 

Feminist approach to philanthropy

 Women’s funds are playing a vital role in building a feminist, rights-based approach to philanthropy. Through advocacy and networking, they are helping other donors, like foundations, corporations and governments, understand and value feminist activism and its contribution to social change. Women’s funds are pushing for more and better funding for women’s, girls, trans and intersex rights groups so they can pursue their own strategies to end injustices within and beyond their communities.

For more information about our Women’s Funds programme, please contact us via wf@mamacash.org. We will get back to your email usually within three weeks.