THE WOMANITY FOUNDATION

Investing in bold new ideas to combat gender inequality

THE WOMANITY FOUNDATION is ranked 153 in TOP 500 World by NGO Advisor

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Growing at rocket speed

To get a full view of Womanity’s operations is like trying to take a snapshot of a car on the highway – the nonprofit is lean, agile, and moving at great speed. Add evidence-driven into the mix, and you’ve got one of the fastest-growing organizations in the sector today. Womanity takes after its founder, Yann Borgstedt. He has a background in business. He wants to empower disadvantaged girls and women. He cares deeply about making a real impact. He has chosen as his vehicle a thriving nonprofit, because he believes that we can achieve sustainable, efficient results when business and the social impact sector work together.

Borgstedt is passionate about his topic. Give him the floor and you will see people leaving the room to join Womanity’s hard work from Afghanistan to Brazil, from Palestine to India. He highlights that women’s empowerment is not just about compassion or blind support: he goes for hard facts, asks for more numbers, commissions studies, and monitors the feedback. He wants to make sure that Womanity’s case for women’s empowerment is solid. So far, he is doing extremely well at that, convincing thousands of people of the impact of women’s empowerment every year at the Womanity gala.

Womanity is currently under the gentle but firm hand of Antonella Notari Vischer, a seasoned humanitarian pro from the Red Cross. Between Borgstedt and Vischer, Womanity is run as a foundation, a nonprofit, a business, and a corporate holding all at once. As such, Womanity both runs its own programs and supports or allies with others. Its projects run from Radio Nisaa, the first women-run radio station in the Middle East, to WomenChangeMakers, a social enterprise program for entrepreneurs working in women’s empowermerment; it supports organizations from Trafigura to Rede Nami. It brings funds and expertise to each project, analyzes the results, learns from what works in-house or at others, and replicates the best practices across other programs. It tests its results in academic reports and shares the findings broadly, for instance the 2015 IHEID report about its educational program in Afghan schools. It does so while still operating efficiently as a business, with a well furbished portfolio of activities and assets.

Womanity welcomes people with ideas related to its core objective with open arms. It constantly challenges itself to make sure that no time, no money, no inspiration is left out to no avail. And it is quickly evolving into a nonprofit that you will not want to miss.

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7 / 10 Sustainability
6 / 10 Diversity on Funding Streams
7 / 10 Innovation Ratio
7 / 10 Transparency & Accountability
9 / 10 Independence from Governments
8 / 10 Independence from Corporations
7 / 10 Impact Measurement
7 / 10 Audit Results
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General

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Organization Name
THE WOMANITY FOUNDATION
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Investing in bold new ideas to combat gender inequality
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Type of organization
nonprofit, foundation,
Year Founded
2005
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HQ Location: City, Country
Geneva | Switzerland
HQ Physical address
51/55 Route des Jeunes | 1227 Carouge | Switzerland
HQ Mailing Address
51/55 Route des Jeunes | 1227 Carouge | Switzerland
Name of Official Representative for Profile
Aurelia Ovan
aurelia@womanity.org
+41 22 544 39 60
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
info@womanity.org
+41 22 544 39 60
Is Your Organisation Membership-based ?
No
Total Members
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History

The Womanity Foundation believes in a world where all women and men enjoy equal and full social, economic and political rights.

The Womanity Foundation was established in 2005 by Yann Borgstedt, a successful businessman and entrepreneur who believes the best way to sustainable growth is through collaboration with the social sector and business world.

Beginnings

Originally called the Smiling Children Foundation, Womanity began working in Morocco, supporting girl domestic laborers to return to their families and attend school. The Foundation also supported rural communities to professionalize their olive oil production and increase their exports.

In 2007 Womanity expanded into Afghanistan to work with one of the biggest girls’ school in Kabul, the Al-Fatah School for Girls. Through its work training teachers, rebuilding infrastructure, and providing equipment to improve the quality of learning, Al Fatah became a model school in the country.

Growth

2008 saw fast growth for Womanity with the launch of five new projects aimed at encouraging people in underprivileged areas, or from minority groups, to access education, training, and employment. The work in Morocco, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories, focused on girls’ education and self-development, job-creation for single mothers, and support for rural communities.

Focus on entrepreneurs

During 2009 and 2010 Womanity’s key focus developed further with the launch of the WomenChangeMakers Fellowship and Radio Nisaa FM. These built on the strategic decision to invest in social entrepreneurs who have the capacity to change societal norms for women and girls, through high impact programmes.

In 2012 the new name was officially adopted with The Womanity Foundation expressing a determination towards the empowerment of women for the greater good of all humanity.

Launch of the Womanity Award and B100Ragl

In 2013 the Arabic radio fiction series B100Ragl (Worth 100 Men) was produced for broadcast in 2014 by 10 radio stations in 9 countries across the MENA region. In 2014 the pioneering Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women was launched, the world’s first award for innovation in the field of preventing gender-based violence.

Strategic Review and the two pillars: Disruptive Media Solutions and Institutional Development

In May 2017 Rafia Qureshi joined the team as Womanity’s new Executive Director. This appointment signified a focus on developing Womanity’s internal capacity and the launch of a strategic review to understand what the organisation had been doing well and where it needed to improve.

The review resulted in the aligning of Womanity’s programmatic work under two pillars: Disruptive Media Solutions, and Institutional Development. The former dedicated to using the power of media to challenge gender inequality and the latter on building the capacity of organisations to successfully scale their operations and impact.

Womanity today

To date the Womanity Foundation has supported 15 social entrepreneurs, over 23,000 school girls (and boys) in Afghanistan, brought messages of women’s empowerment to hundreds of thousands of radio listeners and provided an ecosystem of business support for its WomenChangeMakers Fellows.

Today, the Foundation works in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Palestine, Mexico, South Africa and across the Middle East and North Africa region. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland with an office in the United Kingdom and a presence in the USA under the auspices of the King Baudouin Foundation.

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Activity

Sectors of Activity
Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender Issues,
Mission

The Womanity Foundation believes in a world where all women and men enjoy equal and full social, economic and political rights.

Country (or countries) where active
Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Middle East and North Africa, Mexico, South Africa
Date of Publication of Latest Annual Report or Activity Report
11/30/2018
Latest Annual Report PDF
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Alliances, Networks, and Affiliations

Women Moving Millions, Win-Win Coalition, Ariadne Network

Contact Information for Press Inquiries
Angie Windle
angie@womanity.org
Contact Information for Fundraising Inquiries
Rafia Qureshi
rafia@womanity.org
Contact Information for Development and Partnership Inquiries
Rafia Qureshi
rafia@womanity.org
Contact Information for Inquiries from Private Sector
Rafia Qureshi
rafia@womanity.org

Human Resources

Full name
Yann Borgstedt
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Short Biography
Yann Borgstedt Yann Borgstedt is a Franco Swiss entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate of women’s empowerment and education. Life and career Yann Borgstedt was born and raised in Geneva and received his higher education in the United States. In 1996, he co-founded the web design firm Netarchitects, which was later sold to Altran Technologies. He then worked for a private fund on the redevelopment of the former United States Air force base Bentwaters in Suffolk, England. He went on to create, invest and manage a variety of diverse business activities in real estate development and exhibition management in France, England, Switzerland and the UAE. Him and his partner have backed the development of the Nobu Hotel in London and are launching Blakes Hotel Shoreditch and the W Hotel Ibiza. He is also a shareholder of the Wine Merchant one of the leading négociant in Bordeaux along with Dona Bertarelli and has a portfolio of social investments (MicroDON, The Helm, Allbright, les Eclaireuses...). Sustainable projects Yann started a series of green development projects, including the most recent plans for the development of a green neighbourhood in Geneva’s Praille-Acacias-Vernets (PAV) district, creating 400 residential apartments (two-thirds of which are for social housing) and a green residential tower. Philanthropy In 2005, Yann started the Womanity Foundation which is dedicated to realising women’s economic empowerment and their right to education and safe living in Afghanistan, India, Brazil, the Middle East and North Africa. In 2015, the Womanity Foundation was awarded 187th spot in the Top 500 NGOs list across the globe. Board appointments Yann is on the board of the Change.org Foundation and Internews, an international non-profit organisation whose mission is to empower local media across the globe, to give people the news and information they need as well as the ability to stay connected and the means to making their voices heard. Awards and recognitions Yann has been welcomed by Women Moving Millions , as the first European and one of the few male members, in recognition of his contributions to women’s empowerment. In 2016, Yann was awarded the BNP Paribas prize for Individual Philanthropy. In 2018, he was awarded the Global Philanthropic Philanthropy Prize for his innovative work with women.
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Number of Employees
16
Number of Unpaid Interns
0
Number of Paid Interns
1
Number of New Hires
1
Number of Newly Created Positions
2
Average Age of Paid Staff
40
Number of Volunteers
2
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Bylaws & Legal

Legal Status
Switzerland
Year of Registration
2005
Are Your Bylaws Publicly Available ?
No
Are Your Bylaws Provided On Request ?
No
Date of Bylaws' Last Modification
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Reason(s) for Modification(s)
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Countries Where Legally Represented
Switzerland
Is Your Organization Accredited to ECOSOC (UN)?
No

Financials

Latest Yearly Income (All Countries and Entities)
US$1.6 million
Latest Surplus/Deficit
US$1.6 million
Previous Yearly Income
US$2.9 million
Latest Net Assets
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Date of Publication for Next Financial Statement
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Latest Financial Statements
Latest Audited Fiscal Year
2015
Contact Information for Auditors

KPMG Switzerland