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As a grant-making organization, we at The Global Fund for Children invests in some of the best community-based groups serving the most vulnerable children and youth. Our programs touch the lives of thousands of children and show that small investments can have a huge impact. We were founded in 1994 by Maya Ajmera, a social entrepreneur. As a non-profit organization, we are dependent on contributions from private donors and foundations.


At The Global Fund for Children, we envision a world where all children grow up to be productive, caring citizens of a global society. To this end, we work to advance the dignity of children and youth worldwide.


Through our Grantmaking program, we make small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with the world’s vulnerable children and youth. We gave our first grants in 1997, using the royalties of our first book, “Children from Australia to Zimbabwe." Since then, we have given nearly $5 million to 205 grantee partners in 61 countries. We target grassroots organizations because many of the most creative and effective sustainable projects are generated at the community level. Their programs are rooted in community initiative and driven by entrepreneurial leaders. Supporting them at a relatively early stage in their development also maximizes the value and impact of our investment.

Through our Global Media Ventures program, we harness the power of books, films, and documentary photography to celebrate community and diversity and meet the challenges faced by young people all over the world. Our Global Fund for Children Books has award-winning titles. To date, we have given away some 50,000 books through our Books for Kids project. We have invested in the film, “Going to School in India," based on a book that we published. Our photography fellowship continues to document the children served by our grantee partners all over the world.


Our experience has proven that small grants can have a big impact. Our goal is to build the capacity of community-based organizations, individually and collectively, to serve and advocate for the rights and needs of vulnerable children and youth in their communities and beyond. We do not expect our grants to alter national-level indicators. Rather, our grants incrementally strengthen the social fabric that envelops and supports the next generation, child by child, organization by organization, and community by community.


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Teach A Kid A Skill

Trade skills for kids

The Global Fund for Children is one of the few organizations that make targeted investments in grassroots organizations worldwide that train and educate children in trade skills. Your gift will go toward programs that train children in important skills such as baking, dairy farming, fishing, carpentry, banking, and tailoring. Armed with these skills, children can stay off the streets and grow up to be contributing...


Spread Education

Programs for children

The Global Fund for Children seeks out educational organizations that are helping children learn despite all obstacles—and that are achieving results. We search for the most creative and successful methods to help children around the world receive a quality education. Your gift will support innovative programs that turn boats into schoolhouses or that hold classes on train platforms and by garbage dumps, where many children...


Stop Trafficking

Support for a child

The Global Fund for Children supports grassroots organizations working directly with victims of commercial and sexual trafficking, empowering the victims and preventing further exploitation. Your gift will help provide shelters and holistic social services programs to children and adolescents, while giving them life skills and an education to start their journey toward a brighter future.


Respond to A Crisis

Safety net for kids

By supporting innovative, community-based organizations that serve children, your gift will strengthen devastated societies, particularly in the areas that most affect their youngest and most vulnerable members. The Global Fund for Children’s grantee partners are focused on rebuilding these communities, often after initial response organizations have left. Your gift will go toward providing food, medicine, temporary housing, and school supplies, as well as helping revive...


Turn On Girl Power

School supplies

Your gift will go toward programs that target girls’ education in the most vulnerable communities. Your gift can provide a girl with a school uniform, textbooks, and school supplies for one year of schooling. Together, we can bring up a new generation of girls who will become educated, confident women.


Teach Tolerance

Team-building programs

The Global Fund for Children supports grassroots organizations that target the needs of vulnerable boys. Your gift can help break the cycle of violence through programs that provide boys with alternatives to gang membership and war. Programs offer study centers, team sports, and classes on tolerance and leadership skills. By providing boys with positive, team-building activities, communities can raise confident men who choose peace over...


Raise Healthy Kids

Hygiene for kids

The Global Fund for Children supports grassroots education programs that are calling for additional resources to address not only the educational needs of their young charges but their health needs as well. Your gift can provide toothbrushes, soap, and potable water to organizations serving children, or fund classes that teach hygiene. The Global Fund for Children knows that a healthy child is one with an...


Fill A Bookshelf

10 books for a library

Through our Books for Kids project, The Global Fund for Children donates titles from its award-winning collection of children’s books to grassroots groups reaching the most vulnerable young people. We believe that literacy remains a pressing issue for children and families all over the world, and that reaching children at a young age is vital. Our multicultural books depict positive images of children, and incorporate...