Beyond Our Borders

Extending philanthropy to help women & girls across the globe

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Beyond Our Borders, a group-advised fund held at The Women's Foundation of Colorado, builds resources and leads change so that every woman and girl around the world achieves her full potential. We prefer to invest in programs that:

  • Fill a need for women and/or girls
  • Are innovative, diverse, effective, and collaborative
  • Display program impact in women’s and girls’ empowerment and social and economic justice
  • Have local women in management and decision-making positions
  • Employ local people in all areas of management and fieldwork and purchase local goods and materials from the host country
  • Demonstrate a need in the community through local requests by residents
  • Focus on systemic change

We provide grants annually to national organizations with ties to the international setting that provide direct services to women and girls who have the least resources to enable them to participate fully in society; and/or build the strength and capacity of the organizations that directly serve women and girls, or advocate on behalf of the well-being of women and girls. 


  To create a world where women

  • have comprehensive human rights
  • are able to reach their full potential
  • are equal partners in a society that reflects the talents and contributions of all humanity.

Beyond Our Borders

Our History  

The Beyond Our Borders Group-Advised Fund was established in 1999 through The Women’s Foundation of Colorado by Jane Ragle. Beyond Our Borders invests in U.S.-based nonprofit organizations working to ensure women and girls in other parts of the world are empowered to achieve their full potential and participate fully in society. Beyond Our Borders has also built an endowment for future giving.

Our Vision

While The Women’s Foundation of Colorado focuses on women and girls in Colorado, we recognize the interconnectedness we have to women and girls around the world. Through the Beyond Our Borders group-advised fund held at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, we work to create a world in which more women:

  • Have comprehensive human rights
  • Are able to reach their full potential
  • Are equal partners in creating a world that reflects talents and contributions of all humanity


Each year, Beyond Our Borders members gather in May to establish granting priority areas. During this time organizations are nominated by the membership and assigned a sponsor if the group expresses an interest to further research a nominee. Final recommendations are presented in September each year, with final grant approval by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees issued in October. Funds awarded in this calendar year are expected to be used during the following calendar year.

Currently, Beyond Our Borders does not accept unsolicited grants. If you are interested in learning more about the grantmaking process, please contact Colleen LaFontaine at

Join Us

Beyond Our Borders is looking for members who are thoughtful grantmakers and who strive to make an impact on the lives of women around the world. Members of Beyond Our Borders commit to donating at least $2,000 per year - or, if they are Young Professional (under age 40), at least $1,000 per year.

Members are expected to attend two annual meetings, once during the late Spring for a retreat and once during the early Fall to make grant decisions. Optional events and trainings are offered throughout the year. The sessions are designed to provide a learning community for participants, with some members having extensive international women’s and grantmaking experience, and others who are new to the field of international women’s issues and grantmaking and hope to gain new learning. 

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Colleen LaFontaine at


Lambi Fund of Haiti
Posner Center for International Development
Friendship Bridge
Global Fund for Women – GENET
Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa
Syria Relief and Development

Urgent Action Fund
MINA’s List
Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality
Global Health Foundation
Friendship Bridge
Africa Development Promise

Women's Regional Network
World Pulse
Capital Sisters International
International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region
Global Fund for Women 
Shadhika Project
Seeking Common Ground

Building Bridges
Capital Sisters International
Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
Engender Health
Friendship Bridge
Global Fund for Women
Population Media Center
Women Work Together

Capital Sisters Fund
Chicken and Eggs Production
Global Goods Partners
Friendship Bridge
Fistula Foundation
International Planned Parenthood Federation- Western Hemisphere
IPASPathfindersPlanned Parenthood Federation of America

Click here for a full list of past grantees




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