About the Network

Click here for a brief video introducing the Australian Women Donors Network

Our Purpose

To increase philanthropic funding for women and girls that delivers greater gender equality and a better world for all.

Our Mission

To encourage the flow of money to women and girls by embedding a gender lens in philanthropy and across the social sector.


Our Vision

An equitable world where women and girls share equally in power and decision making and have equal opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Our Focus

  • To direct attention to the benefits to be gained in addressing the existing economic and social disadvantage of women and girls, both in Australia and globally.
  • To highlight the crucial role of women and girls in building stronger economies, families and communities.
  • To integrate a practice of gender inquiry into philanthropy so that it addresses the unique circumstances and specific needs of women and girls.
  • To encourage the funding of projects that invest specifically in women and girls.

Who We Are

We are an education-focussed not-for-profit organisation that facilitates gender-sensitive practice within the social investment and grant-making sector. We also foster a greater investment in women and girls. Both strategies are proven models for creating more effective social investments and outcomes, which ultimately creates a more equitable society for all. Established in 2009, our growing Network consists of social investors and grant-makers who value these principles and practices, as well as supporters from government, corporate and community sectors.

What We Do

We present the facts about women’s disadvantage and the effectiveness of funding women and girls while also raising the profile of women’s funds and projects which empower women. We do not raise funds nor give grants, we catalyse funding for and investment in women and girls.

What We Believe

We support and participate in the shift in global consciousness that recognises the importance of allowing women and men to equally create and contribute to positive social change within their communities. We believe that by acknowledging the socially-constructed differences between women/girls and men/boys, and using gender analysis as a tool for intelligent inquiry, that all projects and social investments can lead to more equitable and long-lasting outcomes for all.

What We Value

Our mission is grounded in what we value:

  • Evidence-based best practice, Collaboration, Inclusiveness, Effectiveness, Respect and Optimism.

Introducing Australian Women Donors Network

Click here for a downloadable PDF introducing the Australian Women Donors Network and why gender is important in Philanthropy.

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