Women's Global Empowerment Fund

Revolution, one woman at a time.

Denver, CO   |  www.wgefund.org

Mission

The mission of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to support women through economic, social and political programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening families and communities.

Our strategy is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development and empowerment. Our goal is to work for social justice, increased human security and women’s empowerment.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder and Director

Karen Sugar

Main address

PO Box 6283

Denver, CO 80206 USA

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EIN

20-8822616

NTEE code info

Women's Rights (R24)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Globally, women and girls are disproportionately poor and marginalized. Due to inequality in access to resources, education, and justice, women often face poverty, violence, and insecurity due solely to their gender.

Our programs

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

Credit Plus

Women’s Global was founded upon the belief that microcredit loans, when bundled with educational programming, can build social capital and increase the potential for women’s empowerment and success. It is this belief that created our Credit Plus program.

The Credit Plus program combines microcredit services with literacy, leadership development, health and basic business education into a single service reaching women in poor and rural areas in northern Uganda. Through the Credit Plus program, clients will receive a microcredit loan bundled with social and educational services, allowing them to create an opportunity for human sustainability, increased food security and empowerment.

Population(s) Served

Our clients expressed a desire and excitement for a literacy program and in response, our literacy program began in July, 2008. Participants are divided into groups where they will be provided with materials, books, pens, etc. and attend classes twice a week for eight months. To date we have served over 3600 women.

Population(s) Served

Our Leadership Development programs aim to advance the participation, access and voice of women in their communities in post conflict northern Uganda and other regions, districts and villages where women’s voices have been marginalized. A unique opportunity exists in post conflict regions for women to seize the moment , reshaping and rebuilding societies and traditional political order. Our goal is to create a mechanism to elevate women’s legislative participation thru training initiatives promoting advocacy, activism; creating the space for women to run for elected office, manage campaigns increasing women’s representation at all levels of government.

Population(s) Served

To address the issue of inequality, gender based violence, and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund hosts an annual drama competition, Kikopo Pa Mon. Women in our microfinance program created original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance.

Population(s) Served

Women provide up to 90% of the rural poor’s food and produce, WGEF is supporting women farmers by offering agricultural loans and training.The agricultural project provides women with agricultural loans, training and support, ensuring that our clients are able to successfully plant, grow and harvest their crops.

Population(s) Served

To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regards to access, hygiene and stigma, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) launched the Healthy Periods Initiative – improving health, creating livelihoods. The goal of this initiative is to provide information, access and opportunities with regards to menstrual health. In addition, WGEF is offering social enterprise opportunities, creating a viable business producing the sanitary pad product. Through the purchase of a manufacturing unit WGEF will drive economic and socio-cultural changes through enterprise and education. The first step in this relevant, exciting endeavor will be to launch a pilot project; including workshops, business planning, production, education and assessment. With an important focus on philanthropy, WGEF distributed 1m pads in 2017 to 3 refugee camps and 16 schools across northern Uganda.

Population(s) Served

Mission: To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regards to access, hygiene and socio-cultural stigma, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) has created the Healthy Periods Initiative – improving health, creating livelihoods.

Population(s) Served

While the cornerstone of the Credit Plus program is economic opportunities, we focus intensely on three areas of social and political development: Literacy, Leadership Development, and Health Initiatives. Within the Leadership Development program, there are initiatives that seek to build a movement to facilitate advocacy and participation for our clients within their communities. There are three main activities that are integral in transforming the lives of our clients: Peer Counseling, our Hotline, and Citizen Activism & Engagement.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

Our goal is to address systemic inequality and access to resources which enable women and girls to lead dignified and empowered lives.

WGEF has a multifaceted program which provides resources and support which enable women to lead successful and dignified lives. These include access to economic, social and political programs which have been proven to support the empowerment process which is defined as ones ability to make choices and determine their own life outcomes.

WGEF has an amazing and well educated staff working in the community to deliver these services and programs. We have community and organizational partner who work with us on funding and support.

To date, WGEF has provided over 17,000 loans, 4600 women have gone thru our literacy program, delivered 3.5 m sanitary pads to schools across the region, 572 women are currently in leadership positions across the region.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Women's Global Empowerment Fund

Board of directors
as of 12/9/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Powl

Altitude Media

Term: 2016 - 2019

Louise Martorano

RedLine

Leah Rausch

University of Oregon

Julie Dugdale

5280 Magazine

Erin Flaherity

Hearst Publishing

Kinga Peck

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No