Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

Alameda, CA   |  www.urgentactionfund.org

Mission

Urgent Action Fund partners with women’s movements worldwide to support women’s human rights defenders striving to create cultures of justice, equality and peace. We provide rapid response grants that enable strategic interventions, and participate in collaborative advocacy and research. We are led by activists, inspired by feminism, and strengthened through solidarity.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Kate Kroeger

Main address

2601 Blanding Ave Suite C, #155

Alameda, CA 94501 USA

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EIN

03-0419743

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The work to secure equity, justice, and peace for women and trans people in communities worldwide is often dangerous work. Not only does systemic violence continue to rise around the world, but women’s human rights defenders face additional gender-based discrimination when they step out of prescribed, socially appropriate roles for women to speak out on behalf of their community. In particular, activists who promote sexual and reproductive health, sexual orientation and gender identity rights, and denounce the actions of capitalist projects such as mining and logging face grave risks and reprisals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rapid Response Grantmaking

Rapid Response Grantmaking is a funding tool used to support interventions by activists in a strategic and timely manner. Grant requests are accepted 365 days per year, in any language, from activists around the world. Each request receives a response within 72 hours and funds can be wired within a week. UAF created this unique grantmaking model in 1997 to enable women activists to take advantage of unexpected opportunities, mitigate threats and/or prevent backsliding in their ongoing work to advance the human rights of all people.
In 2003, UAF began a collaborative research project for the purpose of refining and improving our Rapid Response Grantmaking program. Our Research, Publications & Advocacy program has developed from this initial project to become an information source for activists, funders and allies in women?s human rights activism. The studies we conduct are instrumental in UAF's development as a funder and we remain dedicated to the continued synergy of both programs.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Activists

Through our work, we have developed rich institutional knowledge on the strategies and needs of women’s human rights activists, and the contexts in which they work.

Our Advocacy and Alliance Building program leverages our unfolding knowledge of real-time developments on the ground to identify trends, and bring together grassroots activists, feminists, women’s human rights defenders, academics and policy-makers to design the best strategic response as timely as possible. Some projects are designed to raise awareness of a certain issue in activist, funder, and policy circles; others are designed to bring activists and policy-makers together to create policy change.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, LGBTQ people, Activists

Related Program

Rapid Response Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1997, Urgent Action Fund has awarded more than 1800 rapid response grants to support the resilience of women's and LGBTI rights movements in more than 110 countries worldwide.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, LGBTQ people, Activists

Related Program

Rapid Response Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of training attendees reporting increased safety and well-being as a result of a Rapid Response Grant.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, LGBTQ people, Activists

Related Program

Rapid Response Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights is a global women's fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments. We intervene quickly when activists are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work. We use online, text and mobile funding applications to respond to requests from women's human rights defenders within 24 hours and have funds on the ground within 1-7 days.

Through our work, Urgent Action Fund seeks to increase the resilience of feminist movements and contribute to changes in laws, policies and social norms that realize equality and justice for women, girls and trans people.

Urgent Action Fund supports women human rights defenders and strengthens the resilience of women's rights movements in the US, Canada, Turkey, Russia, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, the South Caucuses, and Central Asia by:

(1) Providing rapid response grants. We provide urgent security, evacuation, and relocation grants within 24-72 hours and rapid advocacy grants which support actions that are time-bound/influence public policy.

(2) Building feminist movement capacity through trainings and knowledge exchanges. I.e. Holistic security trainings that cover physical, psychosocial and digital security needs. And convenings that synthesize and share experiences of WHRDS to generate new insights and inform advocacy efforts.

(3) Building alliances between grassroots movements and international mechanisms like the United Nations. Amplifying the voices of WHRDs within the UN and other regional and international platforms holds states accountable for human rights violations.

Since 1997, Urgent Action Fund has provided more than $5 million dollars in rapid grants to more than 800 women's and LGBTI organizations in more than 110 countries worldwide.

As part of this process, Urgent Action Fund relies on a volunteer network of regional Advisors to provide guidance on its grantmaking, security trainings, and regional networking. Regional Advisors consist of leading human rights lawyers, activists, academics, and former grantees from the countries where Urgent Action Fund works.

Urgent Action Fund is led by an activist Board of Directors, who represent communities around the world. Urgent Action Fund's decision-making is grounded in an international, feminist framework. Urgent Action Fund's staff bring with them decades of experience working in international grantmaking to advance the rights of women, girls, and LBTQI people globally.

Since its inception in 1997, Urgent Action Fund has: (1) Awarded over $7.5 million in grants to more than 1800 women's and LBTQI rights organizations in 110 countries. (2) Launched 3 sister Urgent Action Sister Funds: Urgent Action Fund – Africa, Urgent Action Fund – Latin America, Urgent Action Fund Asia & Pacific. Each fund is autonomous and adheres to the same model of rapid response grantmaking to support WHRDs in unanticipated threats or opportunities. (3) Produced 12 major publications, translated into 7 languages, and downloaded more than 10,000 times. (4) Been recognized as a philanthropic industry leader in rapid response grantmaking and thought leader in sustainable women's rights activism. (5) Many of the activists seeking funding from Urgent Action Fund work within authoritarian contexts in which activism is restricted and gender norms deter women's political leadership. Changes to laws and social norms require generations of activists working to bring about lasting change.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Reports from grantees on their work and how our help served them.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Patricia Viseur Sellers


Board co-chair

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Paulette Meyer

Roshmi Goswami

Charlotte Bunch

Mariam Gagoshashvili

Paola Salwan Daher

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/13/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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