The With and For Girls Collective is delighted to announce that major UK charity Comic Relief has joined the Collective as a strategic partner.
A British institution and household name, Comic Relief funds thousands of projects around the world with money raised through the Red Nose Day and Sport Relief campaigns.
Comic Relief will join EMpower, Mama Cash, NoVo Foundation, Plan UK International, The Global Fund for Children, Nike Foundation and Stars Foundation – the Collective’s convening partner – in the global awards initiative that finds and funds locally-led girl-centred organisations working with and for girls.
As a group of independent donors with combined annual grantmaking of over $200 million, the members of the With and For Girls Collective are united by a common belief that girls are agents of change.
The Collective demonstrates that donors can fund in a meaningful way, with flexible funding and capacity building support, which allows grassroots girl-led organisations to thrive.
Despite the critical role that women and girls play in sustainable development, the World Bank estimates that less than 2 cents of every $1 spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls.
The With and For Girls Collective’s vision is one where girls have the agency, platform, space and support they need to enjoy equality, justice, opportunity and inclusion at home, in their communities and in society.
Since 1988, Comic Relief has raised money through its two fundraising campaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. The campaigns involve of a whole host of famous names, from the worlds of sport and entertainment, who join the British public in an effort to raise money each year for good causes.
Impressively, in its 30-year history, Comic Relief has raised in excess of £1bn.
We are excited to welcome Comic Relief to the With and For Girls Collective. Comic Relief’s long history of grant-making and of raising awareness of important development issues will be a tremendous asset as the Collective looks to achieve its ambitious vision.