About Us

Partners & Donors

Our mission, to empower communities to develop and achieve their vision for the future and inspire large-scale movements leading to dignity for all, would not be possible without the support of partners and donors. Much like our programs, our network of support is community-led, inclusive, and diverse, and includes major governmental agencies, philanthropic leaders, and hundreds of people who give in all amounts from their own philanthropy.

We are always inspired to hear from our supporters about the role that Tostan has played in transforming their own lives, their outlooks on development and their vision for how to do good in this world. Read their stories of transformation on Tostan Stories.

Local Partners

Through the Empowered Communities Network, participants partner with African-based and international NGOs, service providers, businesses, and government agencies interested in funding small and sustainable community-designed projects in Tostan partner communities. To date, these communities have collaborated with over 150 local NGOs, microfinance institutions, and government agencies to advance their community development priorities.

Leadership Circle

Tostan’s Leadership Circle was created in 2013 to harness the knowledge, networks and talents of a diverse group of experienced philanthropists. Their support and advocacy are invaluable resources that enrich our approach to community-led design, which lies at the heart of our programs’ success. This group of philanthropic leadership currently includes:

  • Brian and Kelly Baxter
  • Cynthia Baxter
  • Imago Dei Fund
  • Leslie Decker (Seattle Foundation)
  • Mary Ellen Cunningham
  • Orchid Project 
  • Pathy Family Foundation
  • The Gem Foundation
  • The Greenbaum Foundation
  • The Long Road Foundation
  • The You Have Our Trust Fund
  • Tom & Gail Kaneb Family Foundation
  • The Ripple Foundation

Global Mobilizers

Over the years, thousands of generous contributions of time, talent, or treasure from people all over the world have helped us build Tostan to where it is today. Whether through advocacy, advice, volunteering, or gifts ranging from $10 to $10 million, this type of support drives forward Tostan’s grassroots mission.

Institutional and Foundation Partners

We are also proud to partner with a range of international organizations, family foundations and groups to further our goal of dignity for all, including: