Raise For Women Challenge

What characteristics do you think of when you think about the women you know that run non-profits?


Here are some of the things that pop in my head: 






Get-er-done! attitude


And that’s just the beginning. What sort of words pop into your head?


Women who start non-profit organizations are definitely special, and a team of various organizations have banded together to recognize non-profit organizations that are run by women. The Huffington Post has partnered up with the Skoll Foundation (encouraging social entrepreneurship), Half the Sky movement (turning oppression into opportunities for women worldwide) and Crowdrise (a crowdsource fundraising website) to offer the Raise for Women Challenge.

The Skoll Foundation offered up $50,000 in matching funds for these non-profit organizations, and an extra $25,000 in prizes for other organizations. Wow! That’s a lot of cash, especially for a non-profit to be getting as a donation.

More than 80 organizations – taken from a huge pool of over 250 different organizations in 160 cities in 38 states – were chosen to be blessed by the Raise for Women Challenge. Each of these organizations were started by, are run by, and/or benefit women.  By benefiting women, they also benefit girls too.

Check out some of the organizations that are involved in the campaign.

  • GFED. (Crowdrise Link) GFED is an organization that’s main mission is to help eliminate eating disorders. Over 30 million Americans suffer from eating disorders, and this organization wants to fight the exponential growth and make those numbers go down, down, down.
  • Akilah Institute for Women. (Crowdrise Link) This organization offers a unique mix of leadership and career classes that help women go into business and other career fields with success. They’re opening an East Africa campus with the funds they raise in this campaign.
  • Rising International. Ever heard of a Tupperware party?  Ever been to a home party hosted by Mary Kay? Imagine if those home parties had a world-wide purpose above and beyond just being a business model. Rising International connects craftswomen from other countries with party hosts in the United States to help those in poverty be able to rise above it and be successful.
  • Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment. (Crowdrise Link) The Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment “provides high-potential, low-income women with the training, funding and ongoing support to start their own businesses and become financially self sufficient. The women who go through our program significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.”

These are just a few of the amazing non-profits sponsored by the Raise for Women Challenge. If you want to be involved in this campaign to help some worthwhile causes, check out the article on the Huffington Post.

If you want to help these organizations reach their fundraising goals, go to the Raise for Women Challenge Crowdrise Page

by Marti Wormuth


Do you know any women that run non-profit organizations?  If so, Burgundy Girl wants to hear about them!