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WoWE is an investment nonprofit that uses the power of capital markets to centralize women as economic, environmental, and social changemakers, demonstrating that investing in and through women can deliver both market-rate, risk-adjusted returns and impact at scale.

WoWE is a growing endowment that is investing 100% of its financial and strategic capital into our mission of centralizing women as innovators, leaders, and investors.

  • First, WoWE invests donated capital for market-rate, risk-adjusted returns and mission-aligned outcomes. Our investments across all asset classes are designed to deliver inclusive access and opportunity.  
  • We take the income generated from our investing and reinvest it as grants to entities that accelerate mission-aligned systems change. 
  • We further scale our impact by sharing our investing expertise, insights, and tools with leading investors, philanthropists and companies.

WoWE is financially sustainable because our investments produce both impact outcomes and market-rate, risk adjusted returns. We also generate revenues from sharing our insights through advisory services. Our team brings a different set of skills to the work; we have extensive expertise in finance and capital markets, on top of deep knowledge of ESG and gender-diverse investing.  We are comfortable with embracing the complexity that comes with changing systems. 

Join WoWE in this mission. Invest through WoWE by donating to our 100% mission-aligned endowment, growing the amount that can be invested in for-profit and nonprofits impact returns. Co-invest with WoWE by participating in our transaction syndications in our private market or grant portfolios, thereby creating efficiencies and scaling impact. Learn from WoWE by reaching out to our Advisory team about what your organization can do to benefit from gender diverse investing. 

1. Sonali Basak and Jeff Green, “Female CFOs Brought in $1.8 Trillion More than Male Peers,” Bloomberg, October 16, 2019, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-16/female-cfos-brought-in-1-8-trillion-more-than-male-peers.

2. Ibid.

3. “Women in Alternative Investments: Building Momentum in 2013 and Beyond,” Rothstein Kass Institute, December 2012.

4. https://knightfoundation.org/reports/knight-diversity-of-asset-managers-research-series-industry/

5. “Women Make Up Just 14 Per Cent of Partners at UK Private” 235 Equity Firms and Hedge Funds,” Private Equity Wire, August 31, 2018, https://www.privateequitywire.co.uk/email/267911;

6. Karen Firestone, “When Will We See More Gender Equality in Investing?,” Harvard Business Review, March 25, 2019, https://hbr.org/2019/03/when-will-we-see-more-gender-equality-in-investing; “Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship,” Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program,accessed December 18, 2021, https://wappp.hks.harvard.edu/venture-capital-and-entrepreneurship.

7. Jonathan Woetzel et al., “How Advancing Women’s Equality Can Add $12 Trillion to Global Growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 1, 2015, https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/employment-and-growth/how-advancing-womens-equality-can-add-12-trillion-to-global-growth.

8. Gompers and Kovvali, “Other Diversity Dividend.

9. “All Raise All In: Women in the VC Ecosystem,” PitchBook, November 11, 2019, https://pitchbook.com/news/reports/2019-pitchbook-all-raise-all-in-women-in-the-vc-eco-system.

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Women of the World Endowment is an investment nonprofit focused on centralizing women as economic, environmental, and social changemakers while delivering market-rate, risk adjusted returns and impact at scale.

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