After the 2016 election I cried for two days out of confusion. On the third day I was sad and ashamed to be a white privileged American. My feelings of guilt and shame were strong enough to make it…
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The HOW Fund seeks grassroots leaders who recognize the strength, courage, and capacity of women and girls, and who address a constellation of their needs with direct service projects. We believe that in order to create equity for women and girls around the globe it is imperative to invest in solutions that are holistic and comprehensive in nature.
Working with Us
We work with a select group of philanthropists that are: visionary, passionate and curious; from all areas of philanthropic interest and focus; typically have assets in excess of 1 million; are willing to be vigorously self reflective; and truly want to engage in creating positive change in our world. Contact us to learn more.
Sasha Rabsey is the founder of the HOW Fund and is co-founder of the innovative Present Purpose Network, a group of highly engaged women funders in the US and Europe making critical grassroots grants through informed collective giving. Current HOW Fund and Present Purpose Network grantees include, for example, an anti sex trafficking program in Vietnam, a skill development program for young women of color in San Francisco, a training program committed to ending Female Genital Cutting in Burkina Faso, and a leadership program for young Pakistani women. In addition to providing program grants through the HOW Fund and Present Purpose Network, Sasha’s HOW Fellowship program recognizes and supports grassroots leaders working with young women on issues of education, job skills, food justice and reproductive health. HOW Fellows are awarded professional development coaching before during and after their participation in the prestigious Opportunity Collaboration conference in Cancun, Mexico. Sasha has a lifelong commitment to giving girls a chance to achieve their purpose in life. Her vision is of a world where all girls are empowered with education and opportunity in order to become their full selves. When Sasha founded the HOW Fund in 2008, she quickly honed her philanthropic focus on programs that offered a holistic approach for the advancement of adolescent girls and since then has passionately advocated for girls and young women, providing not only grants to projects benefiting them, but writing a widely-read blog, and, in 2013 co-founding the East Africa Girls Leadership Summit. Sasha’s commitment to girls’ empowerment is firmly based in her belief that giving girls a chance is a worthy goal in and of itself ; it is the right, just, and fair thing to do. Sasha blogs and is a frequent speaker on the empowerment of women and girls as well as current issues in philanthropy. She consults on meaningful and effective philanthropic engagement for family foundations, individual donors and non-profits. Sasha currently sits on the boards of IDEX (Thousand Currents), Bantwana Initiative and is on the Programs and Services Committee for Exponent Philanthropy.
Philanthropist to Philanthropist
Founded in 2008 by Sasha Rabsey the HOW Fund was a way to invest in the future of our world. Through the first hand experience of the HOW Fund’s visionary leader Sasha Rabsey, the HOW Fund has evolved from a small family foundation into a center of thought and learning convening philanthropists, their advisors and non-profit leaders.
- We focus on helping people learn HOW to give smarter, give kinder, and influence change more competently on the global philanthropic stage.
- We are entering a new world paradigm of philanthropy. The necessity for cultural and contextual competency is absolutely essential in our world today in order to be effective and responsible in our work.
- We provide support and guidance in helping to take your philanthropy from transactional to transformational.
Advisement by philanthropists for philanthropists is a rare gem. Our expertise as philanthropists fuels your learning without undue influences or pressure.
We hold confidentiality and discretion as one of our highest values. Safe spaces for philanthropists to explore challenging issues and opportunities is essential.
We believe that philanthropy is complex and there are few resources to guide and assist us through the work it takes to engage in highly effective philanthropy. We need spaces to work and learn together, to strengthen us as individuals and as a sector.
We understand forming a philanthropic vision because we have undertaken it and we want to pass on that knowledge to you and your team so you can avoid the pitfalls we survived and also share the lessons which have transformed our philanthropy.
We have had life changing experiences during site visits to our grantees all over the globe. We believe that we can prepare you for these experiences in a way that will transform the encounter for you and potential grantees.
We understand the complexity of being seen as a source of great financial resources and the dynamic that can create. We help you you develop a framework to navigate that to a place of ease and joy of being in solidarity with those seeking funds.
Our team of skilled advisors can provide support and advisement at all stages of your philanthropy. Helping to determine mission, vision and values all the way to reframing long time philanthropy efforts and breathing new life into your giving. We work with individuals, groups and families and customize our work to meet your needs.
We focus on areas that are often very challenging for philanthropists. Investment strategy, site visits, grantee engagement, and the long game.
Convening for Philanthropists by Philanthropists.
A few times a year in a beautiful and nurturing environment we convene small (10-15) groups for a 2-day session in personal and professional renewal and learning.
The focus is a concentrated co-learning environment. We bring in world-class facilitators and educators to deep dive with you on the key areas of your philanthropy.
HOW Fellowships for grantee cohorts
We provide support, mentorship and education for your grantees. One of the key elements many philanthropists miss is building lasting and deeply rewarding relationships with their grantees/partners. These relationships are steeped in culture, context and personal experiences that need nurturing and guidance for the greatest rewards. We teach you and/or your grantees how to navigate funding relationships and leverage their expertise to greater benefit. Amplifying your philanthropy by investing in your grantees is often a missed opportunity.
Together with our dynamic partners we co- created an annual summit that is for girls, about girls, and driven by girls; that develops critical leadership skills that allow promising young women to be effective change makers in their communities and beyond; and that builds a diverse network of young women leaders who advocate for girls and women’s rights globally.
Present Purpose Network
Who is Present Purpose Network?
We are women on the ground creating meaningful solutions to the problems that impact young women, their communities, their world.
We are women who pool our resources and invest in this transformative work. Together, we are the solution that changes the present and the future for young women most affected by violence, poverty and inequality.
The HOW Fund seeks grassroots leaders who recognize the strength, courage, and capacity of women and girls, and who address a constellation of their needs with direct service projects. Our philosophy is in order to create equity for women and girls around the globe it is imperative to invest in solutions that are holistic and comprehensive in nature.
I’ve seen it far too many times. A well-meaning organization funds education scholarships for girls in rural and impoverished communities. This organization knows the value of providing girls with an e…
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