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2015 ANNUAL REPORT | GLOBAL CONNECTIONS FOR WOMEN FOUNDATION (GC4W) | WWW.GC4WOMEN.ORG

Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) Connect. Educate. Empower.

2015 Annual Report

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A Special Message

Lilian O. Ajayi Founder & Executive Director Global Connections for Women Foundation

DEAR FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS: I am pleased to present the 2015 Annual Report of the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W). In the year 2015, we introduced several new programs, expanded others, and formed additional global partnerships - all designed to connect, educate and empower our communities. The Global Connections for Women Foundation was created as a direct response to the 3rd Goal of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals – which is to promote gender equality and empower women. Since inception, the activities of GC4W has uplift women and been in the forefront of creating ways for women and youth to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. GC4W also marked our 3rd anniversary this year, an organization that has quickly grown into one of the leading international non-profits of the millennium in the areas of Gender Equality, Women Empowerment and Youth Empowerment. We were also named the “2015 Best of Manhattan” Charity Organization from the Manhattan Award Program. The pages of this annual report are filled with our inspiring journey and evidence of why there is a great need for a “Global Connections for Women Foundation” in the world. We are truly grateful to God for all the accolades that have been presented to us for our global commitment, and for our ability to endeavor in such meaningful work. Our work would not be made possible without the generous support of our donors and sponsors, and I am deeply grateful to those of you who have contributed to our mission. I also invite all of you to visit gc4women.org to learn more about our work, and to find ways to support our incredible mission - so that we may continue to touch more lives in 2016 and beyond. Sincerely, Lilian O. Ajayi, Founder & Executive Director Global Connections for Women Foundation

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+3.5 MILLION LIVES IMPACTED Executive Summary: GC4W achieved and exceeded our organization‘s Global Commitment to connect, educate, and empower - the lives of 100,000 women and youth by the end of 2015. Mission : The Global Conne ctions for Wome n Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that believes in all women and youth – and their right to create new opportunities for them selves and their communities. GC4W committed to connec ting, educating and em powering 100 thousand women and youth around the world by the end of 2015, a strategic alignment to support the Post-2015 UN Mille nnium De velopme nt Goals and Sustainab le De velop me nt Age nda.

Approximately 45% of GC4W‘s Global Commitment can be attributed to Global Partnerships and GC4W Programs.

THE GLOBAL CONNECTIONS FOR WOMEN FOUNDATION HAS A GLOBAL REACH OF OVER 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, WHICH WAS INSTRUMENTAL TO OUR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE AND EXCEED OUR ORGANIZATION’S GLOBAL COMMITEMENT OF ENRICHING THE LIVES OF 100,000 WOMEN AND YOUTH BY THE END OF 2015.

GC4W Global Milestones! Global Outreach 15% Online Engagement 15%

Global Partnerships 15%

Global Events & Programs 30%

Social Media Engagement 25%

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SHAPING EQUALITY ON MANY FRONTS. The year 2015 marked the 3rd year anniversary of GC4W, an organization that has quickly grown into one of the leading international non-profits of the millennium in the areas of Gender Equality, Women Empowerment and Youth Empowerment.

Major programs and initiative s of the Global Conne ctions for Wome n Foundatio n include : 1. Champions Program – Select leading women who s erve as GC4W Champions are directly involved in mentoring, engaging and supporting the target constituents of the GC4W charter, women and young girls. 2. Leadership and Empowe rment Program – Broad communications and s ocial media effort focused on delivering inspirational and educational messages to women and youth acros s the globe. 3. Community Outre ach and Partne rship Program – Through a ros ter of strategic alliances with an array of leading and like-minded organizations , GC4W aims to increase our collective global reach in an effort to change lives for the better.

H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda Former President of Malawi GC4W International Women’s Day Awards Library of Congress Washington, DC March 7th, 2015

4. Professional and Caree r Developme nt Program –This program is focused on connecting women and girls with mentoring, training and skill development opportunities along with potential job placement through the GC4W International Job B oard.

“Lilian is here and all those honorees that you saw know what they should do to change the situation of women and I hope that you can find it in your heart to partner with us and work with us to make that happen.”

5. Campus Affiliate Program – As part of the GC4W commitment to advocate for the youth population, this program is designed to promote the importance of education and activism among the youth by providing an influential leading voice on the iss ues that impact and can improve their lives.

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GLOBAL EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY Achieving our Glo bal Commitme nt of enriching the lives of 100,000 wome n and youth by the end of 2015 – was accompanie d by seve ral Pre stigious A wards including being named the 2015 “Be st of Manhattan C harity Organization” by the M anhattan Award Program . On October 3rd 2015, GC4W received Ke ys to the City of A tlanta, and a National Proclamatio n from the Mayor Kasim Re e d and the City of Council o f Atlanta proclaiming the Mon th of Octobe r as GC4W Wo me n Empowe rment Month.

“Mayor Kasim Reed, the Members of the Atlanta City Council and on behalf of the Citizens of Atlanta - hereby honor and salute the members of Global Connections for Women Foundation. We welcome you to our great city Atlanta for your expo. Your empowerment for women entrepreneurs serves as an empirical to any society.”

“Whereas, the Global Connections for Women Foundation through the Working Mom Business Expo acknowledges the outstanding contributions of working mothers and female business owners to any domestic and international economy.”

GC4W honored Alvin Grant with “GC4W Champion of the Year.” Every year, GC4W honors one of our staff and volunteers who has consistently gone above and beyond for the organization. The Global Connections for Women Foundation has been fortunate to receive the generous support and commitment of our staff and volunteers.

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“There’s Goodness in helping people, and helping others is of great virtue.” - Chief Temitope Ajayi, Mama Diaspora

Special Announcement! The Institute of Information Management presented the “Honorary Fellow of Information Management” to Chief Temitope Ajayi “Mama Diaspora” at the 2015 Induction ceremony in Nigeria. Congratulations to the GC4W Honorable Chair

Chief Temitope Ajayi “Mama Diaspora” FIIM THANK YOU TO OUR CHAMPION SPONSORS.

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INVESTING IN DISABLED GIRLS. LET GIRLS LEARN.

The launch of the GC4W Global Educational Fund for Disable d Girls is our way of advo cating for girls’ education (espe cially girls with disabilitie s), while supporting the “Let Girls Learn” initiative spearheaded by the First Lady of the Unite d States of Ame rica, Miche lle Obama and USAID. This GC4W initiative is our global commitment to disabled girls in the City of Karamajiji (Disabled City). The program designed to support the New School Development Project for Disabled Girls in the City of Karamajiji. We have plans to start breaking new ground for additional classrooms in Karamajiji Fall of 2016, as we continue to fundraise through next year.

“When Girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” - First Lady Michelle Obama

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Reimagining Leadership as the Global Ambassador of Hope.

“I AM COMMITTED TO AMPLIFYING MY VOICE FOR GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT.” - LILIAN O. AJAYI, FOUNDER & CEO, Global Connections for Women Foundation In the month of July and August 2015, Lilian O. Ajayi was invited to address the United Nations on multiple occasions including addressing the President of the General Assembly meeting during a UN Climate Change event and at the annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations to name a few. Diaspora Day Conferenc e, Presidential Villa, Abuja Nigeria Li li an O. Aja yi g ave an ad dr ess on “ De si gn in g a Sust ain able D eve lo pmen t M od el for Yo uth E mp ow er men t i n Ni g eri a” - she w as i nvi te d by t he O ffice of the Pr es id en t o f the F ed er al R epubl i c of Ni g eri a an d the O ffice of Po li ti cal Affair s o f th e F ed er al Rep ubli c of N ig er ia on N ig er i a D ias po ra Da y Co nfe re nce . T he co n fer en ce had o ver 1, 000 pr o fess io na ls (w ho r esi de o utsi de N ig er i a), G ov ern men tal o ffi cia ls a nd the Vi ce Pr esi d ent of the F e de ral Re publ ic o f N i ger i a, Pro fes so r Ye mi Osi n bajo (as see n i n the pho to ).

Africa Day at Trinity College, University of Du blin, Ireland On May 29 t h 201 5 at Tr in it y Co ll ege – Th e U ni ver si ty o f Du bli n, Ire lan d – Li li an O. Aja yi g ave the ke yno te a dd re ss to a ro o m fi lle d w i th PH D Stud en ts and Afr ican Ambas sad or s o n “In spi r in g C han ge : E mpo w eri n g W o men ’s F utur es i n Afri ca” dur i ng the Tr in it y Inte rn ati o nal D eve lo pmen t In it ia tiv e (TID I) Afr ica D ay Co n fer en ce.

UN Worksh op: Th e Status of Women & Girls in Africa and the Rest of the World during th e Youth Assem bly at the United Nations. Li li an O. Aja yi co o rd in ate d a nd le d t he fi rs t ev er “St atus o f W o men an d G ir ls” w or k sho p d uri n g th e U N You th Ass embly. T he Yo uth Asse mbly at the U ni ted N ati o ns is a un ique pl atfo rm cr ea ted to fos ter d ial og ue and g ene ra te p ar tne rsh ip s bet we en excep ti on al yout h, UN s eni o r o ffi cia ls, pr i vate sect or an d ci vi l so ci ety.

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PROMOTING LEADERSHIP. EMPOWERING IN NUMBERS. GC4W honors President Dr. Joyce Banda, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Wendy Diamond, Intel, Simon, and others on International Women’s Day. On March 7th, 2015, GC4W was honored to have the keynote address delivered by H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi, and one of the 1st Female heads of state in Africa. GC4W honored an assembly of women and men leaders and leading companies and others.

GC4W hosts the Working Mom Business Expo in Atlanta at Georgia World Congress Center. On October 3rd, 2015, the Global Connection for Women Foundation Atlanta Working Mom Business Expo brought together over 300 working moms, business owners and working professionals at the Georgia World Congress Center. Georgia

Mobilizing for Social Impact: GC4W hosted Social Media Week Event at NYU. On February 26th, 2015, the Global Connection for Women host another “SOLD OUT” Social Media Week NYC conference titled “Mobilizing for Social Impact” The purpose of this event is to engage their sense of curiosity and mobilize their energy to create agents of change. Conference Speakers include key stakeholders of charity : water, Johnson & Johnson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, GC4W, and Change.org.

EMPOWERING GIRLS AS FUTURE LEADERS. Entre pre ne urship School for G irls S umm e r Progra m in USA in partne rship with GC4W, NYU and NYCPromis e . The Global Connections for Women Foundation partnered with NYU CAC, NYCPromise and MiddyFund to organize and design the Entrepreneurship School for Girls Program (E-School for Girls). Program partners include Facebook, Resolution Project and others. “Our E-School for Girls class is nothing less than amazing! I am so inspired by the time, energy and knowledge that has been shared by our very accomplished group of volunteer entrepreneurs, professors and business people to set the girls in the right direction for success. Based on what the girls have learned, experienced and applied in just the first week, we have been able to ensure that there are at least five new entrepreneurial ventures in the world. Look out for these future leaders.” said Allison Wright, E-School for Girls Program Director.

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OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT. “We started with a mindset of creating programs that are Global in reach, which can effect change with in any community, but quickly discovered that these initiatives were scalable not only because of their synergistic fit with civic needs around the world, but also due to the sheer energy and passion of the stakeholders involved. It was a key learning that guides our program portfolio strategy, the idea that programs are only as good as the people they impact and the people invested in making them work.” – Kevin Frank, Advisory Board Chair

#TwitterChat: Engaging the Millennials in International Development Matters post2015.

UN Millennium Goals and the Global Connections for Women Foundation joined forces with the UN World We Want 2015 and the UN Millennium Development Goals in an interactive Twitter Chat took place on Wednesday at July 8th 2015. We strongly believed this is a great way to inspire active participation among the millennials and to showcase what is meant by youth involvement in the UN post 2015 international development goals.

Macy’s is a proud sponsor of the Global Connections for Women Foundation – New School Development Project. SHOP, SAVE and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Macy’s collaborated with GC4W to host a 2-Day LIVE Concert event on Shop-for-a-Cause at Macy’s Herald Square (Largest Macy’s Store) for Disabled Girls. We also thank our event sponsor LYFT who presented guests with 2 Free Rides. Guests also enjoyed LIVE performances from America’s favorite and most talented music group, 4EY The Future and Midnight Mosaic.

GC4W Partners with Dress for Success to host a Networking and Fundraising Event. The Global Connections for Women Foundation partners with Young Executives for Success, an affiliate of Dress for Success to host a Networking and Fundraising Event on May 19th, 2015. Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. GLOBAL CONNECTIONS FOR WOMEN FOUNDATION NAMED 2015 BEST OF MANHATTAN CHARITY ORGANIZATION


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GC4W UNITED FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT & GENDER EQUALITY. “If we work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN System, business, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world and - a Planet 50/50, where women and girls can and will live free.” - UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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CONNECTING FOR GLOBAL EXCELLENCE. GC4W INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AWARDS SPOTLIGHT A S pe cia l tha nks t o th e Fo rme r Pre sid e nt o f Mal awi, H.E. Dr. Joyce Ban da, the Nige rian Amb assa dor to the Unite d S tate s, La te H.E. Pro fe sso r Ade f uye , the A mbassador extraor dinary and plenipotentiar y, Per manent Represen tative of Rom ania to the Un it ed Nations H.E. Am bass ador S imo na-Mire la Mi cule scu , The Of fice of Co ngre sswom an Barbara L e e , We ndy Diamo nd Founder of Wo me n’ s E ntre pre ne urship Day and Ch ie f T e mito pe Aj ayi (Ma ma Dias pora) Dist in guish Delega te at the 2 014 National Con ference A buja (Nigeria) and A mbas sador of Goodwill.

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LET HER LEAD. EMPOWER HER. GC4W WORKING MOM BUSINESS EXPO SPOTLIGHT

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FINANCIAL & IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS SUMMARY “We are grateful for the incredible support of our sponsors and partners.”

- LILIAN O. AJAYI, FOUNDER & CEO GC4W FOUNDATION

Financial & In-Kind Contributions!

DONORS On behalf of the Global Connections for Women Foundation, our board and serving members, we thank each and every contributor for supporting our mission and programs. Special Thanks to our Champion Sponsors & Partners including Google, Macys, Dr. Miracles, LYFT, KIND Bars, Jet Blue Airways, Clinton Foundation, UN Women, NAAEP, NAFDAC, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nexim Bank, City of Atlanta, NYU SPS, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Millennium Goals, Social Media Week NYC, Nigeria Television Network, The Huffington Post, MUI PR, and WorkingMomin20s.com.

Special Events !

25%!

Individual Contributions!

35%!

Corporate Contributions

40%!

Financial & In-Kind Contributions:

2014

2015

International Contributions

50%

45%

Domestic Contributions

50%

55%

Individual Donors:

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FORWARD LOOKING. GC4W’s Global Commitment beyond 2016. “Throughout human history, in any great endeavor requiring the common effort of many nations, men and women everywhere, we have learned - it is only through seriousness of purpose and persistence that we ultimately carry the day. We might liken it to riding a bicycle. You stay upright and move forward so long as you keep up the momentum.” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) is ever so committed to the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are committed to serving our Global Community as a force for change in creating new avenues of opportunities and prosperity for the greater good. Our goals in 2016 and beyond is to more extensively expand the opportunities for youth empowerment and employment, to serve as a gateway to higher education and to connect women and communities to global health resources to ensure their success. It is our hope that we can count on your support to meet our new global commitment.

Email: info@gc4women.org

Expanding opportunities for Youth Employme nt and Employment.

Serving as a Gateway to Higher Education.

Connecting women and communities to Global Health Resources.

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