The Office of Strategic Development is dedicated to advancing the mission of Women Forward International.  One of its main functions is to encourage a spirit of philanthropic support and volunteer engagement.

The spirit of unity, collaboration, and service across the globe will grow stronger through the work of Women Forward International each year. Dedicated volunteers and financial supporters, board of directors, advisory committee, alumni network, and friends in the business community together create a force for positive change by enabling our client-based research projects. These projects invite action on the part of the students, stakeholders, and companies that will advance women to advance humanity.

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Annual Giving

Each year, unrestricted funds must be raised through gifts to the Annual Fund to help balance WFI’s operating budget.  Critical to achieving its mission, WFI encourages its supporters, board of directors, advisory committee, and alumni, to participate in the Annual Fund.


Here are two ways to contribute:

Visionary Circle

Women Forward International invites you to join its annual Visionary Donor Circle. Members of the circle receive exclusive invitations to international events, VIP tables at WFI dinners with internationally recognized change-makers, and unique access to WFI artists, including opportunities to host events at your private residence or those in our circle. Your annual commitment both advances women globally and welcomes you to our brave community of visionary artists, dreamers, and change-makers.


Counsel of Leopards

Women Forward International’s Counsel of Leopards is a specialized giving circle for those in the next generation of leaders who have participated in Women Forward International’s action oriented research projects. This annual giving circle encourages alumni to stay connected to WFI and to fellow graduates through exclusive “fireside chats” with WFI mentors. These mentors exemplify in their work the principles of unity, collaboration, and service central to our mission. The Counsel of Leopards also provides the next generation with exclusive networking opportunities with WFI client and university partners and leaders in both government and private sectors from across the globe.

Other Support Opportunities:

In addition to our Annual Giving opportunities, Women Forward International offers prospective donors ways to encourage their spirit of philanthropic support through projects that specifically interest them.


International Charter Circle Member

Women Forward International invites you to become a member of our International Charter Circle. This circle is comprised of a very select group of individuals who have a commitment to support the mission of Women Forward through a one-time gift of one million dollars or more.


Endowment Giving

Endowed gifts support the long-term health of Women Forward International by providing
annual income in perpetuity for the designated use of each fund. Our endowed funds are carefully overseen by the Board’s Finance Committee.


Planned Giving

Planned gifts allow donors to enhance their tax planning, investment objectives, and retirement needs while ensuring the continued growth and impact of Women Forward International. The most familiar way to make a planned gift is through a charitable bequest in your will, or naming WFI as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy. 

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If you have any questions about supporting Women Forward International or would like to make a tax-deductible gift, please contact Wesley Spencer, Director of Strategic Development, at 202-844-2617, extension 1007, or