100 Women in Hedge Funds, founded in 2001, is now a globally recognized association that contains over 13,000 professional women with vast experience in the alternative investment industry. These women range from investors to female professionals within a wide range of financial services. 100 Women in Hedge Funds is known for its involvement in charity and various dedicated volunteer efforts led by its top members.
Through education, professional leverage initiatives, and philanthropy, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has made profound efforts for communities across the globe. According to their website, 100 Women in Hedge Funds are “educators, mentors, innovators, leaders, supporters, inspirers, influencers, motivators, partners, pioneers, and volunteers,” (100womeninhedgefunds.org). One of the organization’s most famous member is Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who has attended numerous gala events for the organization’s philanthropy efforts.
Over the years, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has enabled its members to make important differences in their communities through a series of philanthropic initiatives. Some of the organizations most notable successes (according to their website) have been:
- Raising over $36 million for charities focused on women’s and family health, education, and mentoring
- Fundraising initiatives including annual Galas and other supporting fundraising events throughout the year
- Greatly impacting the lives of approximately 371,000 people through fundraising