The Global Fund for Children finds and invests in small, locally led organisations that transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Worldwide, millions of children live on the fringes of society – in places like refugee camps, slums, and prisons – where they have to fight to survive, let alone pursue their dreams. Though these children are the most disadvantaged, governments and large aid organisations struggle to reach them with essential services. As a result, children experience poverty, abuse, exploitation, and discrimination, with little or no reprieve.
But thousands of grassroots organisations are filling the gaps, finding innovative ways to reach marginalised children and give them what they need to be safe, healthy, and educated. The Global Fund for Children supports and strengthens these local, lasting solutions that transform children’s lives. We identify and invest in small organisations with visionary leaders – helping them realise their potential, scale their efforts and reach even more children in need.
How we work
By providing grassroots organisations with a combination of flexible cash grants and capacity-building services, we help them achieve their goals and maximise their impact. The result: strong grassroots organisations that are transforming children’s lives, their communities, and civil society as a whole.
Our team of regional experts is trained to identify reputable, high-potential organisations. Thanks to our international grassroots network and our reputation as an investor in early-stage organisations, we receive more than 2,000 partnership applications each year. Once potential partners have been identified, we visit their communities to witness their work and assess their impact and growth potential first-hand.
Because our partners are in the early stages of development and operate primarily in developing countries, a small grant goes a long way. We make yearly, unrestricted cash grants of £3,000 to £20,000 over a 3 to 7 year period. This small yet powerful infusion of flexible capital is often just the lever needed to grow critical programmes. Over the course of our partnership, we increase the size of our grants to keep pace with the organisation’s growing capacity.
Our partners have the passion to change their communities, but they often lack the professional know-how to become lasting resources. To succeed, they need robust leadership, healthy organisational structures and systems, and a strong balance sheet. So we provide them with management assistance, capacity-building expertise, and networking opportunities to help them grow. We also multiply our financial support by increasing their visibility and introducing them to future donors so they can serve more children for years to come.
Since 1997, driven by a mission to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, GFC has invested over £21 million in more than 600 grassroots organisations across 78 countries. As a result, we have improved the lives of nearly 10 million vulnerable children. In 2015, we invested £1.4 million in 200 grassroots organisations working in 53 countries. On average, our grassroots partners more than double their budgets during their time with GFC, their organisational capacity increases and many organisations and their leadership, receive visibility on a global scale.
For more information visit www.globalfundforchildren.org