Women’s Global Leadership Journey
WIN Fund

WIN Fund - Empowering Women Worldwide

WIN’s Women Development Fund and Initiative provides scholarships, training sessions and supports specific projects we feel can really help improve lives. We are conscious of our global responsibility and interconnectedness, and we know we are stronger when we join together. To be really global, we share. Since its inception, WIN’s philosophy has been to donate 3-5% of our income each year to women’s causes. In addition, a few individuals and companies have contributed to the fund. WIN also provides an employee to handle visa applications and administration linked to international travel for scholarship winners. Despite our small size we have awarded more than 1000 scholarships and supported numerous initiatives. We would like to give you the opportunity to make a difference by making a contribution.

Scholarships for Global WINConference and Regional WINConferences  

WIN offers free or subsidized conference participation to women who demonstrate the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow and/or are proven leaders operating in a challenging economic environment. Each donation, no matter how small, makes a huge difference. All money donated to the fund is used to provide scholarships unless otherwise specified and there is no minimum donation. 

Sister to Sister Scholarship

Our sister to sister scholarship scheme allows you to donate a full scholarship to bring one outstanding woman from outside Europe to the Global WINConference. A donation of €3,000 covers travel, visa administration, accommodation, and the conference registration fee. By supporting this initiative you will make a huge difference to one person’s professional and personal life. If you wish, WIN can bring the two of you together during the conference to establish a lasting connection. WIN reserves the right to appoint the scholarship recipient.

Special Projects

WIN has supported past scholarship winners who have initiated projects in their local communities. These have included; a school project in Sierra Leone, conferences and events to empower women in Cameroon, schoolgirls in India and an entire community in Maison Shalom, Burundi.

Scholarship Testimonials
"The WIN conference has been a wonderful learning experience for me.  It is great to know that a lot of passionate women are on the way to make a difference in the world, a better world. At the personal level, it helped me to grow as a woman and as a woman educator."
Dawa Choden, Bhutan

Organizations We Support

CEFAP / Ladies Circle & the Independently-run WINConference - Cameroon 

Since 2008, in partnership with Anne Pelagie Yotchou Tzudjom from Ladies Circle, we have been sponsoring the organisation of the WIN Conference Forum Cameroon - a platform that brings together around 100 women and men of all generations for three days of learning, fun, sharing of experiences, good practices and networking for the advancement of women and their social and economic development. The main goal has been to develop the potential of women and young women, without any discrimination in social status, so that they can become the main actors of their own development and help develop their families, their communities and their organisations.


Global Foundation for Women and Development - Ghana

Global Foundation for Women and Development is based in Accra, Ghana. It is a women activist group that aims at providing a platform for change for women towards socio-economic empowerment development. A group that mentors younger women to help them achieve more for themselves in order to support their communities.

Daughters of Kenya - Kenya

A non-profit organization working towards improving and changing the lives of vulnerable girls and young mothers in Kenya. Working to ensuring that every orphaned and vulnerable girl should experience the love and security that only a family can provide. Their mission focuses on education, ending violence against children, and economic sustainability.


WIN Scholarship Programme

The WIN Scholarship programme of the WIN Fund offers free or subsidized conference participation to women who exemplify the potential to become leaders of tomorrow, and to proven leaders operating in difficult economic environments.

Applicants to this highly competitive program are selected based on their economic need, and their potential to effect change and inspire others in their home countries.


- Applications for the 2020 Global WINConference will open 11 May 2020.

Scholarships cover the conference fee, which includes conference participation, lunches, coffee breaks, networking and social events.

Scholarships do not include flights or accommodation.

To apply, please send an email to with the following:

  • Your motivation on why you want to join our event.
  • How you believe you can contribute to WINConference 2020.
  • How you foresee the WINConference experience helping you, your organisation or community.
  • A brief explanation of why you are in need of financial support to attend the conference.
  • Curriculum Vitae or short bio.

Application deadline: 25 July 2020

Scholarship Donations 2019

WIN would like to express its gratitude to the following people and organisations for supporting the Scholarship Programme by donating to the WIN Fund. We thank you for your generous contributions.

  • The de Groot Foundation
  • Gabrielle Kluck
  • Eve Konstantine
  • Steliana Van de Rijt-Economu
  • Ramune Lekamaviciute
  • Margrit Mau
  • Olga Schejerbeck
  • Simone Poletto

Past Projects

Maison Shalom - Burundi

Maison Shalom was founded in 1993 by Marguerite (Maggi) Barankitse, in response to the aftermath of the civil war. WIN has helped providing a more sustainable living environment for the children and volunteers of the community. In 2013 WIN raised €6,000 to buy 20 cows for 20 families. The animals were allocated to fostering families with an average of 8 members. In 2016 Maggi Baranktse was named as the inaugural laureate of the $1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

WIN Girls, India

The WIN Girls Project awards scholarships to deserving students to allow them to benefit from higher education for a minimum period of 3 years. During this period, girls are provided with college fees and small stipend each month for books and study materials. Each scholarship holder undertakes to reach out to at least 10 other girls every year and encourage them to understand the benefits of study, not getting married too young, and helping others in society. A donation of just €350 to the WIN Fund will enable one Indian girl to receive higher education.
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