Women Deliver's Catapult commitment began in September 2012, one month before Catapult launched. Women Deliver, led by Jill Sheffield, committed to hosting the first crowdfunding platform for girls and womens equality and human rights worldwide. As part of this commitment, Women Deliver chose ambitious impact targets across many of the issue areas that affect the lives of girls and women.
The commitment was completed as of March 1, 2015. Women Deliver has indeed delivered on the Catapult commitment, and has achieved-- and in many cases exceeded -- its original 2012 goals. Catapult is now an independent organization with its own 501(c)(3) designation and is excited about the future.
Crowdfunding girls and womens equality remains the key priority for Catapult going forward. Catapult's mission is to fuel and strengthen the work of NGOs and organizations working to achieve equal and human rights for girls and women. Through private sector partnerships, individual donations and contributions, innovative matching initiatives, and civil-society coalitions, Catapult has mobilized new sources of funds and support for gender equality.
Catapult has also been a leader in the area of corporate engagement for girls and women's equality, garnering significant funding from private sector partners for gender human rights organizations around the world. In a sector that has struggled for corporate support, Catapult has proven that new engagement models and innovative technology can attract business to the sector.
In addition, the collection, analysis, and dissemination of all of the data gathered by the platform from all fully funded projects continues as reports come in from NGOs around the world. Currently, almost 65 percent of funded NGOs have provided data and completed their impact reports, providing details on their issues, projects, and progress.
In just two years, Women Deliver and Catapult have achieved outstanding and measurable results for girls and women around the world. Together, the commitment partners have designed, built, and launched a woman-led crowdfunding platform. Through an entirely new channel for funds and engagment, a mass participation technology was created to benefit all girls and womens rights organizations. The partners also fully funded more than 400 projects for girls and womens equality. Catapult has implemented the partnerships, due diligence, grant tracking, reporting, and donor communications across 86 countries. Data and metrics have been gathered from every funded project and made accessible on the Catapult site. Catapult powered unique and novel corporate initiatives, most notably the first global benefit concert, where the fans could choose exactly where the money would go. In addition, Women Deliver and Catapult designed and implemented a host of technical features to support major private sector partnerships and campaigns, and crowdfunded over $7 million that went directly to more than 190 NGOs in 86 countries. This crowdfunding model was conceived and rolled out based on accountability with multiple progress and impact reports to donors, full transparency on budget and expenses, and real time access to donations.