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Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: V-DAY

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V-DAY Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/08/2013: V-DAY

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: V-DAY

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Physical Address: New York, NY 10010 
EIN: 94-3389430
Web URL: www.vday.org 
Blog URL: twitter.com/vdayorg 
NTEE Category: I Crime, Legal Related
I73 Sexual Abuse, Prevention of
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q70 International Human Rights
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R24 Women's Rights
Ruling Year: 2001 
Top Funders: 11th Hour Project - $750,000
Schmidt Family Foundation - $400,000
Integrated Archive System - $249,000


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Mission Statement

V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women. V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely. V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now. V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities. V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world. V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops. V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine's Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence. V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community. Join us!

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

Total Revenue $7,878,175
Total Expenses $4,137,385

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Susan Celia Swan

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Program: STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: Power to the Women & Girls of the DRC (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified

Program Description:

STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: POWER TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF DRC is a five-year global campaign of V-Day and UNICEF - in conjunction with DRC-based local women’s groups on the ground - that began in 2007.   The campaign seeks to: -Increase pressure at all levels – international, national and local – to STOP RAPE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, while highlighting the role of women as activists. -Expose the devastating impact of rape on Congolese women’s health, their families and their communities -Call for specific measures to end impunity for perpetrators -Economically and socially empower women and girls to lead in the prevention of sexual violence and in the rebuilding of a country devastated by conflict -Build and open the City of Joy in conjunction with PANZI Hospital and Dr. Mukwege, a center where survivors will be provided with support to heal and training to further develop their leadership and life skills.   “What we’re seeing in the DRC is a war being enacted on the bodies of women that is conscious and intentional - it is the systematic destruction of the female population of the Congo.  But after three trips to the Congo in the last eighteen months, I have seen the spirit and strength of the Congolese women translated into a burgeoning movement which is turning pain to power.” – Eve Ensler

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

In 2012, over 5800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.  To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine's 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine's Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/ Guidestar and Great Nonprofits.  The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

Expert Assessment

V-Day fills a unique niche in the violence against women arena. Through its many events the organization engages populations that are in many ways unlikely to connect to the movement; through these they build awareness grow the movement. Experts point to their high volume of media attention as huge organizational impact. They are also a large fundraising force, raising money for programming around the world. One expert pointed out V-Day's unique ability to frame the violence against women discussion in a way that condemns violence but still celebrates women's sexuality. Read More »

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2011 Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit

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Evidence of Impact

V-Day fills a unique niche in the violence against women arena. Through its many events the organization engages populations that are in many ways unlikely to connect to the movement; through these they build awareness grow the movement. Experts point to their high volume of media attention as huge organizational impact. They are also a large fundraising force, raising money for programming around the world. One expert pointed out V-Day's unique ability to frame the violence against women discussion in a way that condemns violence but still celebrates women's sexuality.

Engages New Audiences
As a global epidemic entrenched in silence and cultural norms, violence against women requires a nuanced public outcry, constituency-building at a broad scale, a shift in values/consciousness/behavior, and a major investment in resources for both local-level interventions and mass-media campaigns. V-Day is one of the only organizations I have ever seen be able to truly stake the claim to these accomplishments: mobilizing hundreds of thousands as community organizers of powerfully emotional awareness-raising events. combining art and activism and earned media. reaching across the globe to audiences young and old. and using an incredible combination of humor and pathos to reach people who might think they are otherwise unaffected by violence and make them feel the outcry, too. The brilliance of this is that it succeeds at celebrating and defending women's sexuality while condemning sexual violence. quashing the typical backlash against women's sexual activity that often accompanies public stories about rape, harassment, or abuse. V-Day has been empowering to women at a personal and political level, providing women a mouthpiece to express solidarity, indignant and outcry against VAW in local settings (of every country) as much as in specific international contexts such as Iraq, Haiti, and the DRC, and against our individual selves. Nonprofit Senior Staff
V-Day has had a unique impact with regard to engaging new audiences and new financial resources to the fight to end violence against women around the world. The amount of media attention, funds and partnerships that were generated by V-Day in its now 13 years of existence are unparalleled. Other
V-day has proven uniquely effective at engaging US youth and other audiences in the global movement to address violence against women. V-Day has also identified effective and important in-country partners for its work overseas. Foundation Professional
Powerful Fundraising
V-Day offers over 5400 events each year to raise awareness on violence against girls and women all over the world. It has made significant impact on raising awareness around this issue. Foundation Professional
V-Day has raised significant amounts of money to put into programs to address violence in developing countries. It has appreciably raised public awareness of the issue around the world. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

Experts agree that the unique, creative model of V-Day is a particular strength. Raising funds through performances not only bridges art and activism, but it serves as a public education tool. Tied to this model is V-Day's stellar fundraising abilities, another strength pointed out by experts. Experts also point to V-Day's dedicated leadership, strong marketing, and overall creativity.

Visionary Leadership
Through the 1990s and the 00s, violence against women (VAW) gained massive momentum among women's organizations as the most primary of female human rights issues that required our hard work, advocacy, programs & services, and campaigns. And yet, it was consistently under-funded by foundations and the international donor community, and under-prioritized in government budget allocations. V-Day's accomplishment of raising $80 million by local organizers for local VAW organizations in its first 10 years is a staggering, mind-blowing achievement. Leap-frogging the grant makers who have been slow to concede the need and importance of investing in this issue. Last, Eve Ensler's ceaseless devotion to V-Day, globe-trotting and publishing op-eds and performing, has almost single-handedly created an awareness of international VAW issues in major publications that would have otherwise kept their readers oblivious to the depth and extent of VAW issues around the world and the heroics at work to intercede. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have a great leadership, phenomenal vision, and unflinching voice for advocacy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Eve Ensler is an impassioned advocate for women. Her artistic abilities have been well used to raise awareness and action on behalf of women, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Foundation Professional
V-Day has strong leadership and creativity. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Innovative Model
On of V-Day's strength is its leadership. Eve Ensler, founder, president and artistic director, is a charismatic leader who can engage and "activate" diverse audiences. Also, V-Day's original model/way of working is a strength. By making available a successful theatrical piece as a fundraising (and awareness raising) tool for local organizations around the world, and by emphasizing the creative and celebratory aspect of anti-violence work, V-Day has added a whole new dimension to VAW advocacy/activism. Other
V-Day's strengths are its visionary leadership. Also it has a strong model to create awareness and instigate change and they have guiding values that inform all of their work. Foundation Professional
Solid Communication
V-Day is strong in marketing, messaging, social networking, and bridging arts and activism. Foundation Professional
Excellent Advocacy
They are an excellent advocacy voice on the topic. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

Experts agree that the organization's powerful leader is a help and a hindrance. V-Day may be too dependent on her leadership and this may be inhibiting strategic growth. They would do well to implement more strategic planning. Likewise, the model helpful but has strong western branding. The language barrier and somewhat sexual messaging make it difficult for many organizations to partner with them. Experts also assert that V-Day would do well to increase advocacy in Washington, DC, and build up its capacity internationally.

De-emphasize Western Culture
The US origins and the sexual nature of The Vagina Monologues can make association with V-Day more inflammatory in some countries rather than others. Finding a way to support these activists anonymously or covertly would help V-Day make a difference in places where VAW activism must stand on its own or else be branded a Western import of values or corruption. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Decrease Leader Dependence
V-Day has a lack of overall strategic vision . V-Day's agenda is determined by intuitive decisions of the founder/president, not on a longer term strategic plan, which could maximize impact. They could improve on US and English language-centrism. Even though V-Day is active globally, and its model gives the space to local initiatives to take it and "run with it), in its activities that are initiated and implemented by the "core staff", there is a lack of openness (or lack of awareness?) for engaging with non-English speaking audiences and partners, and to adapt to different ways of working in different countries and regions. Other
V-Day is too dependent on it's leader. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Increase Capacity
V-Day is spread rather thinly on its international work. It could also enhance its advocacy presence in DC. Foundation Professional
Better Use of Research Data
Sometimes in her passion to raise the public's outrage against GBV, she can be sloppy in her use of research data. Foundation Professional
Increase Collaboration
Because of their media visibility and "star quality", they do not always work well with others in terms of respecting other organizations locally and internationally who may not have the same media power that they do. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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