Members have been at the core of VGIF’s work since its founding in 1969. Member’s contributions have facilitated more than 450 projects and have helped to establish systems for selecting, supporting and overseeing grantees. Many members volunteer as committee and board members and serve as site visitors. Members are key players in each of VGIF’s successes.
Izumi Yamashita is a home economist by trade and a city councilor in Fuji, Japan. She strives to establish family-life programs to educate women and their families on various topics, such as communication skills, healthy interpersonal relationships, and self-esteem, to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Izumi says, "As a city councilor, I faced up against patriarchal politics. I now strongly believe that empowering women is urgent."
Izumi learned about VGIF during the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2012. She says, "I thought VGIF was really good for citizens and grassroots activities because the foundation offers small amounts of money to people who long to accomplish their projects". Izumi's friend, and former development committee member, Reiko Aoki convinced her to become a VGIF member. One day she told me, "Izumi, you always said you want to build international relations. VGIF will be very good for you."
Izumi supports VGIF's international liaison efforts in Japan. And just like VGIF is good for her, Izumi is very good for VGIF.
VGIF member, Japan
VGIF members receive regular information on the progress of VGIF grants and on developments within the organization itself, through the twice-yearly printed newsletter (The Update) and through the monthly E-newsletter (The Flash).
In addition, members can attend VGIF board meetings that are generally held in New York City in April and October each year. It is also the membership who select new board members and board officers at the Annual Meeting in April each year.
VGIF is currently experiencing a period of momentous growth and transition. As part of this effort, we will broaden the opportunities for our members to learn about issues that concern women and girls around the world; gain a more in-depth understanding of our grantees and their grassroots projects; and interact in a meaningful way with others who share a passion for the VGIF mission around the globe.As a member, you can also support VGIF through various volunteer efforts.
How do I join this group of dedicated women and men?
The answer is simple; become a member by donating at least 25USD annually towards the work of the organization.
There are several ways to join VGIF as a new member or to renew your existing membership:
Note: Qgiv charges a processing fee, which is deducted from the donation to VGIF. However, VGIF recognizes the full amount that was donated. Qgiv will forward the payment to VGIF and VGIF will send you a letter recognizing the donation.
Mail this form with your check or credit card information to:
11 Broadway, Suite 510
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
In select countries, there are groups of VGIF members who support the organization’s work on an ongoing basis. One member collects funds in the local currency and manages communication with VGIF. Please contact us for information on these individuals in Germany, Ireland, Japan and Scotland.
If you have any questions about membership, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +1-212-213-0622.
Notes on membership payments:
We accept checks drawn in US Funds, as well as Visa or Master Card
VGIF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the state of New York, U.S.A.
For Florida residents: A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. VGIF is a GuideStar Exchange Silver ParticipantTo learn more about this or to access our latest 990 (tax form) please visit:
You can request that your membership fee/donation contributes to a specific VGIF Fund. Read more about the VGIF Funds here.