WE ARE NOW WORKING UNDER GIRL RISING
INTRODUCING THE GR-GEF VENTURE PHILANTHROPY FUND
Educating girls can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. Around the world, local leaders have culturally-relevant ideas to improve learning and retention particularly for girls, but often don't have access to needed funding and support. Social entrepreneurs need multi-disciplinary support, including how to tell their stories of impact.
We're combining our experience in funding and improving quality education programs with Girl Rising's storytelling and mass media expertise to disrupt philanthropy and fund what works. The Girl Rising Global Education (GR-GEF) Venture Philanthropy Fund invests in social entrepreneurs with culturally-relevant ideas. Our grantees are promoting gender equality and improving education quality for girls and boys living in poverty in Kenya and India. A group of our Board members are continuing as members of a key advisory committee for the GR-GEF Venture Philanthropy Fund and our Executive Director, Kathy Bartlett is focused on program support alongside our Girl Rising colleague, Jill Miller. We are excited to move forward together.
Read a letter from our Founder looking back and celebrating our future together.
EDUCATION ENTREPRENEURS CAN CHANGE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN
We give children the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and communities. We know that education is the most effective way for children to have access to the greater world as well as an opportunity to participate in it. Through global partnerships and innovative grant making, we find the education entrepreneurs best able to create local change and then provide them with the resources they need to accomplish their goals. We invest in strong leaders who are grounded in their local cultures and are driven to improve educational outcomes and sustain their impact.
WE INVEST IN THEIR MOST INNOVATIVE IDEAS
Quality education transforms lives for children living in poverty. Yet, systems are overwhelmed, with overflowing classrooms and ill-equipped teachers. Local educators and community leaders show real promise for creating lasting change; however, they often lack the resources they need to refine, sustain, and grow their solutions.
We're changing the system. Through a strategic combination of multi-year grants and technical support - capacity building, mentoring, and networking - we work directly with education entrepreneurs to sustain and grow their ideas. We focus on effective and compassionate leaders who are improving the quality of education for the most marginalized children. And, we promote the exchange of ideas between them and across geographic borders.
In Guatemala dropout rates are high, especially for indigenous youth. Children are often forced to leave school to provide family income. Many boys migrate from the country to find work and girls are often forced to care for siblings and marry early.
India has achieved fast-paced economic growth, however this has yet to translate into improved educational standards among its 1.2 billion people. Children living in poor and marginalized communities still have very low levels of education and literacy.
The Kenyan government provides free public schooling through 8th grade, but students rely primarily on scholarships and their families to attend high school. This leads to higher dropout rates and limited job opportunities for the poorest students.