The WeirAnderson Foundation believes in the power of helping women and girls to help themselves.
Part of a community
The WeirAnderson Foundation is part of a global philanthropic community that believes in supporting women and girls. Locally, the foundation is part of the Australian Women Donors Network, which is working to ensure that by 2020, at least 50 percent of Australian social investment will reach women and girls. Globally, the foundation is part of the Women Moving Millions movement, which is committed to large-scale investment in women and girls.
Each member of Women Moving Millions commits a minimum of $1million in funding for relevant organisations. The WeirAnderson Foundation has pledged half of its $1 million commitment to projects supported by the Sydney Women's Fund, which focuses on working to improve the lives of women and girls in the greater Sydney metropolitan area. The remaining funds are being donated to the International Women's Development Agency: the only Australian development organisation entirely focused on women's rights and gender equality.
Why women and girls
Deanne Weir says her passion for projects that support women and girls is ultimately practical.
“There is compelling evidence that strategies aimed specifically at improving the position of women and girls, have much greater impact than non-gender specific measures.
“When women and girls generate an income, they reinvest 90% of their earnings into their families, compared with up to 40% for men*,” she says.
“However, although women work 66% of the world’s working hours, they earn only 10% of the world’s income. Girls are the most disadvantaged group on the globe: more likely than any other group to die young, be uneducated, live in poverty and suffer violence.
Put simply, investing in women and girls and striving for gender equality means a better society.
*All statistics sourced from “Gender-wise philanthropy: Strengthening Society by Investing in Women and Girls”, published by the Australian Women Donors Network.
The WeirAnderson Foundation is a Private Ancillary Fund and as well as its focus on women and girls, it supports a number of cultural, educational and philanthropic organisations.