Q: Who manages the fundraising and where does the money go?

There are two types of fundraising under the banner of SheDecides. Governments and foundations have been increasing their financing for those organisations that have been affected by the Global Gag Rule and other US funding cuts and other pertinent issues in the SheDecides agenda, such as comprehensive sexuality education and access to safe abortion.  As of March 2018, a total of approximately €415 was raised. These donors have distributed these additional finances directly to these organisations, i.e. not through the SheDecides Support Unit.

Individuals have also been donating in the name of SheDecides through a crowdfunding mechanism operated by Rutgers. Immediately after the start of SheDecides in January 2017, Rutgers, a Dutch NGO whose core mission it is to promote the right to decide, set up a crowdfunding site here. In one year, about €500,000 was donated by individuals and small foundations. On 24 January 2018, Rutgers announced that all money raised in the first year of the initiative had been allocated to the Reproductive Health Network in Kenya.  See the press release here. Rutgers selects the beneficiaries of the public donations based on consultation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners in the field. It is not possible for organisations affected by the Global Gag Rule or other US funding cuts to apply for funding directly through Rutgers, or through the SheDecides Support Unit.

The SheDecides crowdfunding site is still open for new donations!