New World Library
April 18, 2006
We all strive to succeed in life, and for many of us, personal success is directly related to our contributions to the world around us. We dream and hope for a better world, and we find meaning in our lives by following our dreams and trying to turn them into reality. This book is for people who want to succeed in making the world a better place and who want to be inspired by specific evidence that positive change is possible.
One organization in particular has caught the imagination of many people around the world. It is The Global Fund for Women, which Anne Firth Murray cofounded in 1987 and built into a worldwide funding network supporting women globally. In this book, she explores why and how the vision, principles and practice of this particular nongovernmental and philanthropic organization came to mean so much to so many people. The success of The Global Fund for Women, which is the largest nonprofit organization focusing specifically on women’s rights in the world, suggests that developing new paradigms for interaction may be both effective and necessary if we are to make the world a more positive place.
Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, attended the University of California, Berkeley, and New York University, where she studied economics, political science, and public administration, with a focus on international health policy and women’s reproductive health. She has worked at the United Nations as a writer, has taught in Hong Kong and Singapore, and has spent several years as an editor with Oxford, Stanford, and Yale University presses.
For the past twenty-five years, she has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations. From 1978 to the end of 1987, she directed the environment and international population programs of the William and Flora Hewlett foundation in California. She is the founding president of The Global Fund for Women, established in 1987, which provides funds internationally to seed, strengthen, and link groups committed to women’s well-being. She is currently a consulting professor in the human biology program at Stanford University.
Ms. Murray has served on numerous boards and councils of nonprofit organizations, currently including the African Women’s Development Fund, Commonweal, GRACE (a group working on HIV/AIDS in East Africa), the Hesperian foundation, and UNNITI (a women’s foundation in India). She is the recipient of many awards and honours for her work on women’s health and philanthropy, and in 2005 she was among one thousand women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ms. Murray has one daughter, who is an attorney in California, and two grandchildren. She lives in Menlo Park, California.