August 2021 marks 10 years of ConnectHER! What began as a crowdfunding campaign to support Edna Adan’s maternity hospital in Somaliland has evolved into a high-impact grantmaking nonprofit and film festival. Our community supports an ever-growing number of female-founded, locally led projects that improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The ConnectHER Film Festival provides a powerful platform for young filmmakers to tell stories about global women’s issues and spark change. On our 10th anniversary, we are continuing to support projects like Edna's as well as new projects like August 2021's project partner Women LEAD Nepal while also preparing for our next Film Festival this fall. Thank you to our Gems, sponsors, Giving Circle, filmmakers, project partners, our wonderful board, our team, and everyone cheering us on for your commitment to lift up women, to make their voices heard—and, in the process, to make the world a better place.

With gratitude,

Lila Igram
Founder

2011

 
10 Year Anniversary
ConnectHER launches its crowdfunding platform
 

2012

DiscoverHope
ConnectHER raises nearly $20,000 for 7 projects, including DiscoverHope
10 Year Anniversary
Muhammad Yunus joins as a finalist judge for our anticipated film festival
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Christy Turlington Burns joins as a finalist judge for our anticipated film festival
Stahl
Stahl Family Foundation joins as a project partner sponsor

2014

PaleyCenter
Film Screening at Paley Center for Media in New York City
Leymah
Gems host Leymah Gbowee
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Film Festival at Harvard University

2015

2016

Asma_School
Asma enrolls in school for first time at 13 years of age thanks to ConnectHER supporters
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Film Festival at Harvard University with Presenting Sponsor Eloise DeJoria

2017

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2019

2021

 
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