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"Invest in women and you build a nation.”

Women across Africa are leading a new era in development. Despite being disproportionately impacted by a range of challenges, their creative initiatives are emerging as the most effective and sustainable solutions.  African Women’s Development Fund USA℠ (AWDF USA℠) understands and supports women’s unique ability to overcome obstacles and develop their own communities, regions, and countries.

Who we are
AWDF USA℠ was created by the Ghana-based African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), with a coalition of American women leaders, to spread awareness about the tremendous impact of African women-led organizations on communities across the continent.

We provide philanthropic advisory and management services, research, education, travel, and networking to build communities in the United States with an interest in African women’s leadership and development.  In partnership with our sister organization, the award-winning African Women’s Development Fund in Ghana, our Mother Africa Program provides grants to outstanding women-led African organizations in the areas of
  • Women’s Rights and Leadership
  • Economic Development
  • Governance, Peace and Security
  • Health and Wellness
  • Arts and Culture
AWDF USA℠ is supported by a diverse client and donor base of individuals, corporations and international funders including Global Fund for Women, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Firelight Foundation, and the Northwest Area Foundation among others.

We are led by some of the world’s most experienced African women’s development and philanthropy leaders.  A new model for African development, we are proud of our accomplishments so far in partnership with AWDF.  For example, together we have co-founded the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, which is rebuilding markets in post-war Liberia; created a global network of African/African diaspora women leaders; and funded over 800 African-women led nonprofits in 42 African countries with grants totaling $US19 million.  You can learn more about our accomplishments here.

What our partners are saying

The Young Women Campaign Against AIDS (YWCAA) is an NGO in Nairobi, Kenya founded and directed by women in response to the impact of HIV/AIDS on young women in their communities. AWDF is proud to support YWCAA’s activities as YWCAA’s Executive Director, Ms. Perez Abeka, explains,


“AWDF has remained a pillar in YWCAA’s
institutional strengthening through technical support on areas of organization development and program areas. The advice that we get from very professional and friendly visiting staff has seen YWCAA achieve a lot in programs and improvement in management areas… We are most grateful!”






African Women’s Development Fund has made a huge difference in the lives of Liberian women and girls…I would like to see its work expanded not only in Liberia, because it has raised the profile, the stature, the status, and the participation of thousands of women all over the African continent.”
 – President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Africa’s First Woman President, Nobel Laureate, AWDF Endowment Campaign Co-Chair





“AWDF gave us...the kind of support we need. Technical, financial and moral support - it makes you feel good.”
-  Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Laureate, AWDF grantee




Connect, Learn and Give with AWDF USA℠


Join our community

AWDF USA℠ coordinates Regional Networks in cities across the United States. These learning communities bring together diverse volunteers, international development leaders and philanthropists in your area to increase public awareness of issues of shared concern to diverse Americans and the African continent.  The AWDF USA℠ Blog is a growing online community with over 200 members from 30 countries.  You can join our blog by clicking here.  And click here for our public awareness initiatives and activities calendar.

Develop your philanthropy program

We can help you to strategically support African women’s organizations with your philanthropic or social investments. We have provided advisory services for hundreds of individuals and organizations with diverse philanthropic interests. AWDF USA℠ can assist you to create a vision, mission, priorities, and evaluation strategy as well as administer your African giving program.

Travel with us

Combining curriculum-based cross-cultural education with volunteerism and cultural immersion, AGAPE, our African Global and Philanthropic Travel Experience program allows youth and adults to experience promising social innovation and change projects throughout Africa.

Give through us

We welcome donations of all sizes and kinds to support our grantmaking, programs, and operations. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, AWDF USA℠ enables you to directly support Africa's most cutting edge organizations while gaining maximum tax benefit.  You can make an unrestricted gift or designate your support for a particular country, issue or nonprofit in our network of outstanding nonprofits throughout the continent. Donate online or mail us your donation.

Get in touch
                                                                   


board@usawdf.org
(408) 634-4837 (office)