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Special Initiatives:
Women's Grassroots Leadership Program

Investing in women and girls is a proven and effective strategy to combat poverty and promote equality in impoverished communities. SIF supports this strategy by investing in women leaders from around the world, and supporting their participation in innovative, Seattle-based leadership programs.

These programs provide opportunities for mentorship, leadership development, and a homestay with a local family. Implemented by two local partners – iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service and EarthCorps – each organization provides women grassroots leaders with a transformational leadership experience designed to strengthen their personal capacity and maximize their impact back home.


  • Serve as a host family for a woman fellow
  • Nominate a woman leader for this program
  • Make a pledge to support the program
  • Be a mentor to a woman fellow
  • Host a woman fellow for a day

For more information on how to get involved in this program, please contact Mauricio Vivero at or 206.547.9336.

If you are a current SIF grantee and are interested in nominating a local staff person for this program, please contact Michele Frix at or 206.547.9335.

For more information on how to apply for the 2012 program, please visit iLEAP’s website.

To read about past fellows, click here
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