Global Washington Launches ‘Women of the World’ for Female Philanthropists in the Seattle Region

March 8, 2019

SEATTLE – On International Women’s Day, Global Washington (GlobalWA), the leading association in Washington state that connects companies, foundations, and non-profit organizations to improve lives in developing countries, announced the formation of a new network of female philanthropists, Women of the World.

Women of the World members have access to a learning network of other female philanthropists who care deeply about global issues and global development experts who are improving lives. This unique network solely focused on global issues is an expansion of the annual Women of the World breakfast, which the Seattle International Foundation transitioned to Global Washington in 2018. Global Washington will leverage its established network of over 100 global non-profit organizations to provide quality content for Women of the World.

“By establishing the Women of the World network, we are creating a space where philanthropists can increase their understanding of global issues with a community of their peers,” said Kristen Dailey, executive director of Global Washington. “This is first and foremost a learning network, but it also increases Global Washington’s ability to strengthen non-profit organizations that are working in developing countries.”

Female philanthropists who join Global Washington as “Women of the World” members are eligible to participate in year-round programming and help shape the beloved annual breakfast. The network will also include women under 40 who are new to global philanthropy and diverse voices to create dynamic conversations.

“The Women of the World network fills an unmet need in global giving,” said Melissa Merritt, Global Washington Board Member and charter WoW member. “For many female philanthropists who are new to global issues, or are looking to expand their giving, there are so few spaces where they can ask questions and share knowledge in a trusted setting. I am so excited to see this vibrant network grow and flourish.”

For more information about Women of the World membership and eligibility criteria, please contact Doni Uyeno (

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