Women Donors


Commit to gender inclusion and equity.

Have policies and practices that are inclusive of women and girls and will bring about sustained, equitable change.

  • Use the tools in this Gender-wise Toolkit.
  • Configure your grants management system and records so that reports showing the beneficiaries of your grants include a breakdown by gender. Successful businesses know that “If it matters, it’s measured”. Measuring makes performance visible, and provides all stakeholders with the information they need to provide an appropriate focus, make adjustments as required, and then celebrate when measured goals are met. To accurately measure the impact of programs you support, reports need to include a breakdown by gender.
  • Be informed – from a gender-wise perspective – about the area/s you are funding, because a robust knowledge of how a gender lens can make a difference will improve the effectiveness of your funding decisions. For example:
  • Refer to our Fast Fact Sheets
  • Conduct your own research through a gender lens.

Make your commitment visible.

Add relevant statements on your website, collateral, and guidelines for applications.

Inform applicants.

Make sure grant-seekers know that they need to:

  • identify the different needs and circumstances of women (and men) in their target groups.
  • explain how the design and delivery of their program will address those different needs and circumstances.

e.g. Homeless women often have children with them, so emergency accommodation needs to provide rooms with multiple beds, along with nappies, cots, baby-proofed rooms, and appropriate safety and privacy measures.

e.g. The Alliance for Gambling Reform, when seeking funds to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of gambling addiction, applied a gender lens to the issue at the suggestion of a potential funder, whose research had indicated a correlation between gambling and domestic violence.

Apply a gender lens when you assess applications.

Consider how the design and delivery of the proposed programs address gender differences in the target groups, and give this appropriate weighting in your assessment of applications.

Know and celebrate the impacts of gender-wise grant-making.

  • Collect evidence about the impacts of a gender-wise approach to funding.
  • Ask recipients to report outcomes by gender.
  • Celebrate and publicise outcomes of gender-wise programs you have supported.
  • Encourage recipients to share how they were gender-wise, and what they have learnt from using a gender-wise approach.

Whether you need to adapt and add to your existing material or rethink your approach to grant-making, the Gender-wise tools in the following pages are easy to incorporate and will give your philanthropic activities greater reach and impact.

Imagine how strong society could be if philanthropy unleashed the full power of women and girls.