Grantmakers Without Borders
Grantmakers Without Borders, a philanthropic network, is dedicated to increasing funding for international social justice and environmental sustainability and to improving the practice of international grantmaking. Our membership, currently numbering some 160 grantmaking entities, includes private foundations, grantmaking public charities, individual donors with a significant commitment to philanthropy, and philanthropic support organizations. Availing of this wealth of experience and expertise, Grantmakers Without Borders provides capacity-building support to international grantmakers both novice and experienced. We offer a space for education, community and collaboration among international social change grantmakers. We advocate before policymakers on behalf of social change grantmakers, and we work to leverage the philanthropic sector to increase funding to the global South. In all our efforts, Grantmakers Without Borders is committed to the ideals of justice, equity, peace, democracy, and respect for the environment. We value and respect the wisdom and experience of local communities in all their diversity, and we are dedicated to amplifying the voice of the global South in international philanthropy.
Grantmakers Without Borders' members—some 160 in total—are a diverse group of organizations and individuals passionately engaged in global grantmaking. Our largest constituencies include private foundations (including many family foundations) and grantmaking public charities (including many women's funds as well as international intermediaries). A number of individual donors, many of whom have donor-advised funds, are also active in the network. Philanthropic support organizations also participate in Gw/oB, as do academics working in the field of philanthropy. Geographically, our members are working throughout the global South.
The issues our members fund are wide-ranging, from the environment, to health, to women's rights, to economic empowerment. Some of our members are quite new to global giving, while others are among the most respected and experienced grantmakers working in the field today. The incredible diversity of Gw/oB's membership, their passionate commitment to social change and their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise are among Gw/oB's greatest strengths and make Gw/oB the go-to network for global social change grantmakers.
Grantmakers Without Borders is committed to helping funders remove barriers they face in making grants for social change in the developing world. Tapping into the experience and know-how of our members, Gw/oB provides peer-to-peer support to individuals and institutions new to funding internationally, showing how international grantmaking can be done and leading funders to innovative, effective overseas work.
At the same time, Gw/oB is committed to improving not just the quantity, but also the quality, of US grantmaking. Grantmakers Without Borders thus also serves as a forum for the examination of good practices in international grantmaking and provides a space for continued education and community among donors already committed to international funding. In particular, Gw/oB encourages funders to explore social change philanthropy.
Grantmakers Without Borders' programs currently include:
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