Recognizing that there is a global movement to support African women and development, a coalition of African women and their US allies has created the groundbreaking African Women’s Development Fund USA (AWDF USA).  A sister organization to the African Women’s Development Fund in Ghana, AWDF USA was incorporated in New York City in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) public charity created to raise visibility and support in the United States for African women’s development.

AWDF USA provides a vehicle for effective American philanthropy to Africa that builds the capacity of the continent’s women for social change and sustainable development.  Through its research, public information and convening initiatives, it also seeks to highlight the tremendous impact that African women-led philanthropy and nonprofits are having on the lives of their families and communities across the continent and the diaspora.

Programs and services include grantmaking to African women-led nonprofits; philanthropic advisory and management services; community convening and building; technical assistance for African women-led nonprofits and philanthropies in the US; as well as research and public information initiatives.

Founded ten years ago by three enterprising African women’s activists, AWDF Ghana is an internationally recognized Pan-African foundation supporting women-led organizations in 42 African countries.  With support from African and international donors, including, for example, the Ford Foundation, New Field Foundation, Global Fund for Women, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the MacArthur Foundation among many others.

Working in partnership with AWDF Ghana, AWDF USA’s grants are awarded to African women’s organizations working in the following thematic areas:

  • Women’s Human Rights
  • Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods
  • Governance, Peace and Security
  • Reproductive Health and Rights
  • HIV & AIDS
  • Arts, Culture and Sports

AWDF USA Leadership

AWDF USA is supported by a national network of regional committees based in Chicago, the Mid-Atlantic region with emerging networks in the Twin Cities of Minnesota; Silicon Valley, CA; New York City; and New England.

Learn More and Get Involved

For more information about all AWDF USA services and programs, and to learn more about how you can support them, please visit their website via

The mailing address is : PO Box 381, Mount Freedom NJ, 07970-0381.