Today I was lucky enough to attend the launch of 100 Women, an initiative to engage women through philanthropy to change the lives of women everywhere, and in turn change the face of philanthropy. Alicia Curtis, Founder and Chair, is a woman I have worked with over the last fourteen or so months and she ran the first leadership event I have ever attended. And if there is one thing Alicia can do, it is get people involved.
Headed up by a committee of eleven, 100 Women also has three outstanding ambassadors; Maria Saraceni, a lawyer for Francis Burt Chambers, Erica Smyth, the Non-Executive Chairman at Toro Energy and Rabia Siddique, a criminal and human rights lawyer, providing support, advocacy and profile to the organisation. Maria spoke this morning at the launch with a story that reminded us of how close poverty and exploitation can be without us having any idea.
100 Women invites a minimum of one hundred people to donate $1200 or more which will be pooled into a grants program that will be distributed to at least three groups. People can give more than the $1200 and these funds can be committed by individuals, groups, organisations, women or men. The individual or representative from the organisation/group can then choose the level of involvement that they have with choosing how the grants are distributed. They can be involved in the selection process or they can have no involvement at all.