Gender-Wise Award 2018

The WeirAnderson Foundation for the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)

The WeirAnderson Foundation has had a long association with IWDA and has committed $500k over five years with four $100k instalments provided to date.

The Award recognises the impact achieved by IWDA through the power of The WeirAnderson Foundation’s:

  • engaged philanthropy and security afforded by multi-year funding
  • strategic investment in communications as a key to the success of a not-for-profit; and IWDA’s
  • collaboration with grassroots organisations; and
  • capacity to leverage government foreign investment in the Pacific region that prioritises women and girls.

Two significant achievements in particular underpin this award;

  1. Brand Review and Communication Strategy: The Foundation funded the development of a comprehensive brand refresh and Communications Strategy 2015-2020 resulting in 350% growth in web engagement and a 26% increase in donors supporting women’s rights in the Pacific region.
  2. Women-led fund in the Solomon Islands facilitating women’s superannuation, insurance and loans: IWDA partner West ‘Are‘Are Rokotanieni Association (WARA) will this year launch one of the first women-led funds to support women through every stage of life.

WARA Cares is part super-fund, part insurance fund and part education fund. From young girls who can’t afford schooling to retired women struggling to survive without a pension, WARA Cares plugs the gaps that mainstream services miss. With support from IWDA, this initiative has secured DFAT funding to establish the fund and the focus is now on recruiting annual contributions from WARA members to build the fund.

* The WeirAnderson Foundation applies a gender lens to all funding decisions, has funded many women’s organisations and projects, and is a current funder of the Australian Women Donors Network which Deanne Weir chaired from 2016 to 2017.

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