Malala Fund becomes independent organization

Today, Vital Voices Global Partnership is proud to announce that the Malala Fund, hosted by Vital Voices since November 2012, will become its own independent organization to further Malala's mission to educate and empower girls around the world.

In November 2012, Malala Yousafzai, her father, Ziauddin, and a group of supporters, engaged Vital Voices to support the early formation of and initially manage the Fund. Supported by key partners, including the UN Foundation and Girl Up, the Malala Fund was advised by a core committee comprising education experts, international development experts, entrepreneurs, and Malala with her family.

“I am so thankful for the support from Vital Voices and its supporters and am thrilled to see this effort become independent and grow. I believe we can make a really big impact for girls’ education,” Malala said.

Many individuals came together to support Malala’s vision, including Angelina Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict and Tina Brown’s Women in the World Foundation. Continuing support for the Fund will be provided by Beespace, a new non-profit incubator which will provide the Fund a workspace, creative and operational support to help it achieve significant scale. Shiza Shahid will serve as the Fund’s Executive Director and Megan Smith will continue to serve as a lead advisor. Both are founders of the Fund.

The Malala Fund dispersed its first grant in April to a Pakistan-based non-governmental organization with extensive experience working on education issues. The grant allows 40 girls ranging in age from five to 12 years old to attend school — girls who were engaged in domestic labor or at high risk of entering the workforce. The program takes a holistic approach to education and will provide the