Allocations Committee

Grants from BWF amplify the voices of women and girls who work tirelessly to create a just society free of racism and inequality. At BWF, we recognize that change begins in the community, frequently led by the efforts of inspirational women and girls who know the solutions to their problems yet lack the resources to solve them. Decisions made by the Allocations Committee provide critical resources to women and girl leaders in grassroots organizations.

The Allocations Committee is responsible for ensuring that deliberations and decisions about grantee proposals are fair and equitable. The Board has identified several criteria for successful proposals including actionable plans to build community, to develop grass roots leadership and to educate for social justice. The work of the Allocations Committee allows BWF to achieve its core mission of providing funds and support to organizations led by women and girls with the least access to societal resources.

The Committee receives and reviews grant proposals, makes site visits and convenes to make final decisions about awardees. Allocations Committee members are carefully trained to ensure that evaluations are made objectively with all pertinent information about the organization including strategy, capacity and fiscal sustainability.

BWF will request volunteers for the Allocations Committee in advance of a grantmaking cycle. We assemble a Committee reflective of the diverse communities we serve and work to ensure that all voices are heard. Committee members have found the experience to be powerful and rewarding. Participation connects volunteers intimately with the many promising organizations working “in the trenches” to make lasting and positive change in their communities.

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