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The value of our global community resonates

across countries, cultures, and generations

In 1974, as women were breaking into the executive ranks across all professions, New York City philanthropist and civic leader Elinor  Guggenheimer decided they needed what men had always had: A network to support, inspire and help them climb the ladder of their careers and their lives. She, together with Muriel Siebert, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Muriel Fox, created the International  Women’s Forum.

Fifty years later, IWF is more relevant than ever and we need your support to keep bringing IWF to more geographies, to more generations in new ways.

Elly’s Ladder is a giving initiative named after our founder that will allow us to transform our digital communications, expand our global footprint, and continue to connect the most accomplished women leaders across the world.


The relevance of IWF is just as strong today as it was in 1974 – in profession after profession, the glass ceiling is still there. It’s just higher, and the value of peer-to-peer support from a global community of outstanding women leaders is simply unmeasurable. Women inspiring women never gets old.

Today, we need to invest in IWF for the next 50 years to increase our mission and member services – including new digital and communications resources to extend our community to new generations. And we need to raise consistent and predictable funds to do so.

Elly’s Ladder is a five-year giving society, represented by the five rungs of the ladder, in which members pledge five successive years of support at one of three levels: Bronze: $1,000; Silver: $5,000; or Gold: $10,000.

Become an Elly’s Ladder donor with these simple steps:

  • Enter your donation amount.
  • Select “Annually.”
  • Choose “Elly’s Ladder” as the designation.

Making the IWF magic available for future generations

As the IWF community grows, our need increases for consistent and predictable support to grow our footprint, expand our programs, and  reate the infrastructure needed to continue being a vibrant force for positive change for the next 50 years.

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Acknowledgment in digital & printed materials

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Invitations to exclusive events and programs

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Access to priority registration for IWF Conferences

Other Ways to Give

Help us advance our mission and share your corporate story with our influential network of 8,000 women executives worldwide

For donors considering an annual gift of $25,000+, our philanthropy team can answer any questions you have, including how funds are used and what benefits are available to donors.

Commonly donated through a will or trust, planned giving is arranged in the present and allocated to the organization at a future date.

“You face the glass ceiling more than once in a woman’s career. This is why we need to continuously advance women’s leadership, and Elly’s Ladder is a very good way to do that.”

Questions about Elly’s Ladder? Contact Rachel Yost at