The “Open Society Foundation – Georgia” was implementing the woman’s program since 1998. Till the end of 2006 the program was operating inside the OSGF. By the beginning of 2007 it was transformed into independent women’s fund and continued operating as Taso Foundation.

It’s important to keep in mind that as Taso Foundation was established, the goods of OSGF continued to multiply, as TF continued the mission of women’s program and supported establishment, development and activism of many women’s organizations mainly in regions of Georgia.

Follow the following link to learn more about the transition process from gender program of Open Society Georgia to Taso Foundation  Historical Background paper (resume).pdf

The Goals of Taso Foundation

  • Strengthening women’s movement, supporting women’s groups and activists in their work for social justice and peace;
  • Protecting women’s rights and supporting equality;
  • Supporting the participation in the democratization process of ethnic minorities, rural women, internally displaced women, marginalized groups of women;
  • Social development of rural young girls and women and developing volunteering culture by rising civic awareness of women for democratic participation; supporting improvement of local governments as democratic institutes;
  •  Implementing philanthropic culture and politics for strengthening civic society and democratic development.


Activities of Taso Foundation

In order to achieve its goals, TF is implementing following activities:

  • Grant making;
  • Educating, developing and networking its target groups;
  • Community mobilization and enhancing leadership of girls for democratic involvement and for implementation of local governance in the community;
  • Supporting women’s rights, peace and justice, environmental protection movements;
  • Initiating laws for strengthening civic society;
  • Publishing oral histories of women;
  • Developing community philanthropy in Georgia;
  • Documentary filmmaking;
  • Participating in the work of International networks.

In order to achieve its goals TF is collaborating with following groups/individuals:

civic groups/individuals/ civic society organizations

  • Internally displaced and conflict affected women/communities;
  • Ethnic minority women/communities;
  • Rural women; Unregistered groups of women in rural areas; Officially registered organizations of rural women;
  • Community Foundations;
  • Organizations based in Georgia;
  • Scientific/ Research organizations, universities;
  • Central and local media organizations, independent journalists.

Governmental structures:

  • Parliament of Georgia;
  • Ministry of regional development and infrastructure of Georgia;
  • Ministry of education;
  • Ministry of internally displaced people from occupied territories and its regional branches;
  • Ministry of environment and preserving natural resources;
  • Ministry of labor, health and social care.

Local governments in regions of Georgia:

  • Local rural communities;
  • community attorneys;
  • Deputy representatives at municipality assembly;
  • Local and international donor organizations;
  • Municipality governments;
  • International networks of social justice and peace philanthropy.


Prioritized working directions of Taso Foundation:

  • Supporting women’s social movement;
  • Mobilization for community development with leadership of rural, conflict affected, internally displaced and ethnic minority women;
  • Partnership with local government representatives for improvement of self-governance quality and for gender sensitive budgeting;
  • Establishing, developing and networking youth groups and supporting their initiatives;
  • Establishing, strengthening, widening and sustaining the network of Community Foundations; supporting philanthropic activism of Community Foundations;
  • Legislative initiative – Law f Philanthropy of Georgia;
  • Sourcing CSOs sustainable development;
  • Developing women’s oral histories as academic discipline; documenting women’s oral histories and publications;
  • Spreading feminist values: series of publications “feminist library”;
  • Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation.

Ongoing long-term programs

  • Social mobilization of rural, conflict affected, internally displaced and ethnic minority representative women and communities since 2010;
  • Supporting social activism of youth groups in the communities since 2011;
  • Community philanthropy: supporting growing network of community funds (11 CFs) in their grant making activities since 2012;
  • Gender sensitive budgeting: supporting partnerships and collaboration of women’s groups and local government representatives for taking local community needs in the municipal plans and gender sensitive budgeting since 2013;
  • Improving the quality of local governance by mapping community needs since 2015