Thursday, August 02, 2007

Virginia Gildersleeve

The Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund is a charitable and educational fund which supports projects worldwide, focusing on women's educational activities, leadership training, community development, and the advancement of understanding and cooperation among women. It was founded in 1969 by eleven members of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) to assist women college graduates in identifying and implementing solutions to a variety of problems confronting their nations. Grants for small amounts of money are awarded to aid educational and community development projects affecting the condition of women and girls.Today, most of the projects funded are to women in low per capita income countries. In 1997, VGIF achieved NGO status at the United Nations.

The fund was named in honor of Virginia Gildersleeve, a noted leader in women's education and Dean of Barnard College. Gildersleeve was a co-founder and twice president of the International Federation of University Women. She was the only woman appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to the U.S. Delegation which established the United Nations, and the first woman in the United States to sign a United States treaty.

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