About The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
“Giving women the chance to become financially independent and make the most of their talents is the key to higher living standards and stronger economies.”
Cherie Blair, Founder
Our vision is a world where women have equal opportunities and the capability, confidence and capital necessary to establish and grow businesses, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves and their communities as a whole.
Women who are financially independent have greater control over their own and their children’s lives. Economic security gives women a more influential voice in tackling injustice and discrimination in their communities and wider society.
Yet women entrepreneurs around the world still lack the business skills, technology, networks and access to financial services they need to be successful in the long term. The Foundation provides support in these four key areas so that women can grow their businesses and create employment opportunities for others.
Working in partnership with non-profit, private and public sector organisations, the Foundation develops programmes that build confidence, capability and capital in women. Empowering women to gain financial independence generates lasting impacts, since research shows that women tend to invest 90% of their income back into their families.
The Foundation focuses on developing women’s micro, small and medium enterprises into growing and sustainable businesses, supporting the development of what is commonly referred to as the ‘missing middle’ of the economy.
We develop projects with sustainable solutions to the challenges women entrepreneurs face through three programmes:
We believe in the power of partnerships. We take a hands-on collaborative approach, working in partnership with non-profit organisations, corporations, financial institutions and government bodies to ensure that we meet the diverse needs of women entrepreneurs in different contexts and geographies.
We do not accept unsolicited grant applications. Instead, we work together with our partners to develop projects in line with our mission statement.