Maya Ajmera Global Fund for Children

Maya Ajmera

Maya Ajmera is founder and President of the Global Fund for Children (GFC), which makes small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. After graduating from Bryn Mawr in 1989 with a B.A. in Biology, Maya intended to become a pediatrician. However, when she decided she could help more children by supporting grassroots groups that work with children around the world, her career goals shifted into the realm of social entrepeneurship and she earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. Since its founding in 1994, GFC has given more than 1,933 grants valued at more than $10.7 million to 323 community-based organizations in 66 countries, serving more than a million children. The organization is complemented by a dynamic media program that, through children’s books, documentary photography and film, highlights the issues affecting children and celebrates global diversity. Maya is the co-author of many award-winning GFC books including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe and Extraordinary Girls.