VGIF is an international public foundation that provides grants globally to fund locally generated projects that advance the rights of women and girls. VGIF was founded in 1969 and has funded over 515 projects in 93 countries, focusing on issues ranging from education and health to economic empowerment and human rights. Historically, VGIF has been a volunteer-driven organization and recently established a larger office with increased responsibilities, while the Board of Directors moved from being a working board to becoming a governance board. VGIF is engaged in a significant capacity building effort to further expand its grantmaking program and to strengthen its grantee support and oversight efforts. Currently, in collaboration with the Board of Directors and its committees, the work of VGIF is conducted by five staff members, with a cadre of local and international volunteers, a graduate Fellow, and several interns. VGIF's work is funded by its members, individuals and groups who support its mission and goals. VGIF has consultative status with ECOSOC at the UN and is able to both help inform the UN on key issues in local communities around the world, and bring information on UN policies and discussions to the VGIF members and grantees.