Organizational Sustainability

What Is Organizational Sustainability?

In brief, as articulated by the PLE participants, the following are the dimensions of organizational sustainability: Finances, People, Board, Time, Partnerships, and Marketing.2 One participant said that CFs who took deep roots are the ones who are sustaining themselves better at this time of economic crisis.

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What Is A Sustainable Women’s Fund?

Women‘s funds the world over are guided by one vision. To ensure that women and girls, no matter where they are born, have the right to equality, safety, opportunity and self-determination in every area of their lives.

Today women‘s funds invest in programs across a broad spectrum of needs. They help women to provide for their communities, gain access to health care and other resources, leave abusive and violent circumstances and shape public policy for equity and opportunity for women across every continent.

To be real catalysts for fundamental and lasting social change, women‘s funds need to be sustainable. But what is sustainability and just how is it achieved?

To address these questions and measure the critical factors in realizing sustainability, the Global Fund for Women commissioned a survey on 15 women‘s funds over a five-year period from 2000 to 2005.

Located in 15 different countries and having completed at least one cycle of grant making the funds that were researched showed the following:

  • They had found success in generating strong and steady growth in fundraising and grant making capabilities.
  • Grant making programmatic activities was regularly undertaken by most of the funds to meet their mission and goals.

2WINGS Notes on Peer Learning Events on "Sustainability of Grantmaker Associations and Support Organizations in Africa and the Middle East, July 21 - 23, 2009, Cape Town, South Africa" and "Sustainability of Community Foundations and CF Support Organizations, October 7 to 9, 2009, San Antonio, Texas, USA".