The Equality Fund’s core work will be supporting women’s rights organizations and feminist movements domestically and globally. They will provide financial resources, support capacity building, and accompany organizations at the grassroots, national and international levels. Changing and transforming unequal power structures will be at the core of their actions. Grounded in feminist principles, grant-making will support the priorities identified by feminist activists and organizations while adopting an intersectional approach. They will shift decision-making power to local organizations by using innovative processes such as participatory grant-making. Learning and progress will be accelerated through feminist evaluation and inclusive processes.
GENDER-LENS INVESTING FUND
The Equality Fund will use social finance as a tool to deploy investment capital to support systems transformation for gender equality, while generating returns for investors. Through a holistic approach to gender-lens investing, they will lean on the best practices of impact investing as well as traditional investing, combined with a deep understanding of the global issues that perpetuate gender inequalities.
Their vision also includes an ambitious philanthropic strategy to assemble and sustain the world’s largest fund for women and girls by engaging all Canadians in its financing. According to the latest fundraising data available, only 8% of Canadian giving goes to international causes, with humanitarian emergencies receiving more than half. There exists a historic opportunity to increase funding for women and girls. They will work with those who are eager to play a part in changing the status quo, and partner across their networks with major foundations, philanthropists and all Canadians to unleash unprecedented funds in support of gender equality.