HOW WE DO IT
GSGC is not a top-down organization. We offer contacts, ideas and resources to the energetic local leaders (aunties) and their teams who do the hard work on the ground. And beyond monetary support, we stay involved through regular communication and occasional visits to program sites.
- We choose partners wisely, thanks to deep roots in local communities and an on-the-ground presence. Partners are respected as passionate social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to pressing social problems. Because GSGC is small, nimble and unfettered by layers of administration, we can move quickly when we spot an opportunity to make impact.
- We research each partner program thoroughly and objectively before awarding a grant:
- Does it respond to a serious need that falls within our mission?
- Are its goals attainable and sustainable?
- Is its approach creative and does it involve the community?
- Will GSGC funding make a difference, and can the partner meet monitoring requirements?
- After making a grant, GSGC carefully monitors each program through routine email reports and phone calls. We visit in person at least once a year. Partnerships tend to be longer-term, helping each organization fully build its capacity for success.
- GSGC shares best practices and builds on success. We create forums that give our partners opportunities to connect with each other, and with those doing similar work. philanthropists.
MEET THE PROGRAM LEADERS
Girls need someone to look up to as they navigate a new path—one that’s not dominated by violence, poverty and isolation. Our partners and program leaders are called “Aunties,” a cultural term not as widely used in the U.S. (i.e., a woman who has a strong, formative role in a child’s life, but is not typically a relative of the family).
These aunties are mentors and positive role models for the girls. They’re also program leaders and day-to-day administrators, and in some cases founders of the programs. We’re pleased to introduce you to a few of the amazing aunties who run the GSGC- sponsored organizations and programs.