Our Model

The Equality Fund is designing a new kind of funding model, one that combines gender-lens investing, bold public funding, and powerful, multi-sector philanthropy to unlock new capital for feminist movements globally. Our job is to unite three powerful forces: Grantmaking, Philanthropy, and Investing.

Designed by feminists for feminists


We make it possible for investments in feminist movements to go farther and last longer than ever before.

In 2018, the Government of Canada issued a bold call to action, offering to make an unprecedented investment in the best new idea to unite the philanthropic sector, the private sector, civil society, and government to create a sustainable and predictable source of support for women’s organizations and movements in the global South. 

The Equality Fund answered the call, and in 2019 we were selected by the Government of Canada to steward its historic $300 million CAD contribution, the largest single investment ever made by a government in feminist movements. 

Today, powered by that initial investment, the Equality Fund is designing a new kind of funding model, one that combines gender-lens investing, bold public funding, and powerful, multi-sector philanthropy to unlock new capital for feminist movements globally. Together we are building the largest self-sustaining fund for gender equality in the world. 

Even as we design and build this new model, we are ramping up a global grantmaking strategy to resource feminist leaders right now. And we are calling for courageous philanthropy to fund the urgent and emergent needs of women’s movements, today.

Over time, the returns generated by our investment arm will finance our grantmaking, demonstrating the unique promise of the Equality Fund model to deliver sustainable and scalable funding for women’s movements for as long as it takes to build the world we need. 

Uniting three powerful levers for lasting change

Feminist movements deserve reliable and flexible funding. Investors want opportunities to generate profit while also supporting gender equality. Philanthropists are hungry for new and meaningful ways to improve the lives of women, girls, and non-binary people. At the Equality Fund, our job is to unite these three powerful forces for change in one model that can advance gender equality globally.

Grantmaking

We provide core, flexible funding to women’s organizations and feminist movements.

We trust deeply in local knowledge and support efforts rooted in local culture, history, and realities. As our funding model grows, our grantmaking will expand and deepen across the globe.

Philanthropy

We offer philanthropists everywhere an opportunity to activate their support for an unprecedented model to advance global gender equality.

Philanthropy will play a critical funding role in our first five years, allowing us not only to design and build a model for the future, but to make critical grants now.

Investing

Our new investment arm offers investors, and the Equality Fund itself, opportunities to generate financial returns and advance gender equality simultaneously. As these returns make the Equality Fund sustainable, we will also strive to influence the wider investment industry, moving gender-lens investing from the margins to the mainstream.

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