Global Fund for Widows

16th Annual Gala

November 14th, 2024 | 6 pm

The Edison Ballroom

New York, NY 


The Global Fund for Widows is the world's largest non-profit organization economically empowering widows in the developing world. GFW does this by building Widows' Savings and Loan Associations, or "micro-banks," which provide widows with a permanent source of capital from which they can launch micro-businesses. Up to date, Global Fund for Widows has built 236 banks around the world, empowered 30,343 widows and helped 74.515 of their children across Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, India, The Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, Malawi and Bolivia. For this work, Heather Ibrahim-Leathers, the founder and Chairwoman of GFW was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Global Fund for Widows uses its success in the field to advocate for widows at the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Human Rights Council, US Congress, and the UK House of Lords

Please RSVP before October 16!

For sponsorship information contact [email protected] or call (845)-304-9112 and for RSVPs and tickets contact Annette Naif at [email protected] or call (917)-915-1963.


Donate Now

Help us empower 82,750 widows!

Your donations will help us build 3,310 WISALA microbanks for the 82,750 widows who have placed themselves on our waitlist!

$100,000 - Launches WISALAs in a new country in need

$50,000 - Sends 2,500 children of widows back to school

$10,000 - Builds 4 Micro-banks for 100 Widows in Malawi

$5,000 - Increases 50 widows' income by 2027% in Kenya

$2,500 - Builds 1 Micro-bank in Nigeria

$1,000 - Builds vegetable stands or chicken farms for 10 widows

$500 - Empowers 5 widows

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