Annual Report 2017
Investment with Impact
Number of people receiving a new plot of land through government programs supported by Landesa
“At this age, a land title is a huge support to me. My daughters will also inherit something from me, and no longer have to live an insecure life,” —Piari Devi, a widow and mother in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, became a landowner at the age of 65, thanks to a government land allocation program supported by Landesa.
Number of national or state land law and policy changes influenced by Landesa. Each of these reforms has the potential to benefit millions of families.
In India, a Model Agricultural Land Leasing Act will serve as a policy foundation for Indian states to legalize agricultural tenancy, a policy change with the potential to positively impact millions of tenant farmers.
Number of government officials, service providers, practitioners, and key influencers who received training on land rights through Landesa programs.
More than 1 million
Number of people who stand to enjoy stronger land rights as a result of these training programs.
“It is because of the efforts of Landesa that I have been able to do something for the betterment and the development of single women and other landless families in our village. This is a matter of great pride for me.” —Shyama Diwadi, Village Leader
Number of people who have an improved understanding of their land rights through legal land literacy and livelihoods trainings supported by Landesa.
A Dream Come True
Lalla and Budni, both in their 60s, earned a modest living as agricultural laborers in a small village in Uttar Pradesh, India. But their means of livelihood — and their status in the community — changed when they received title to a plot of land through a state government program supported by Landesa.
“We’re very happy and proud,” Lalla said. “When we held our patta, we were proud to be an agricultural landholder.”
A Letter from the CEO
Throughout history, change has often happened in two ways: Gradually, then suddenly.
Movements for social change germinate in the minds and deeds of an impassioned and visionary few, slowly finding purchase among peers and likeminded individuals. But for every successful movement, there is a moment when they are propelled forward by a groundswell of support. Where once there was hard clay, their ideas now find freshly tilled soil. Seeds of change take root; the garden flourishes.
At Landesa, we believe the global movement for secure, durable, equitable land rights for all is in the midst of such a moment.
The signs are everywhere. We see them in the halls of the United Nations, where land rights have been woven into three of the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda, related to poverty, hunger, and gender equality. And at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, where grassroots activists ascended last fall to rally support for an African Union initiative to put more of the continent’s land into the hands of women. And they can be found in the fields and rice paddies of India, China, and Myanmar, where government officials, advised by Landesa, have adopted legal reforms and policies with the potential to strengthen land rights for millions of rural families.
Landesa’s team of professionals have contributed to programs and policies that have helped strengthen the land rights of more than 120 million families.
From our origins in the work of Professor Roy Prosterman to our founding as the world’s first global NGO dedicated exclusively to land rights, Landesa has stood at the vanguard of the land rights movement. From the paddy fields of Myanmar to the plains of Tanzania, Landesa’s team of professionals have contributed to programs and policies that have helped strengthen the land rights of more than 120 million families. As more learn about the transformative power of land rights to improve lives and livelihoods, we continue to attract new allies and supporters to this essential work.
In this report, I invite you to learn how Landesa continues to be a leader in the land rights movement. And I thank you for continuing to support and sustain our vision of a world free of poverty – a world where all can enjoy secure, legal land rights.
President and CEO
Grants and Foundation
Fee for Service
Other (Gifts in Kind, Interest, etc.)
Functional Allocation of Expenses
By Program Area
Global Advocacy, Communications, and Learning
Landesa Center for Women's Land Rights
Thank you to all of the individual donors, foundations, corporations, and partners who made contributions in Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017). Your support makes our work possible.
Denotes a Gardeners for Growth monthly donor. We are grateful to this group for providing sustaining donations year-round. Learn more.
Over $1 Million
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
River Star Foundation
$100,000 – $999,999
David and Araceli Barclay
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Moccasin Lake Foundation
New Field Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
Ronald B. Rankin
Swedish Postcode Foundation
David Weekley Family Foundation
$25,000 - $99,999
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
New Venture Fund
Doug and Emilie Ogden/The North Ridge Foundation
Jill and Bill Ruckelshaus
Darshana Shanbhag and Dilip Wagle
$10,000 - $24,999
Jim Cardillo and Patricia Kern-Cardillo
Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls' Education
Laura Lee Grace
The Hilton Prize Coalition
Sara and Mark Kranwinkle
Lenore Hanauer Foundation
Kiran and Vikesh Mahendroo
George and Beverly Martin
Matthew J. Bannick Family Fund
Mike and Gaelynn McGavick
Ann and Matthew Nimetz
Kathleen Pierce (in memory of Douglas P. Beighle)
The Seattle Foundation
$5,000 - $9,999
Leslie J. Decker and Stephen T. Rimmer
Rosemarie Havranek and Nathan Myhrvold
Paulina Garzón and Chris Jochnick
Sara and Andrew Litt
Money in Motion LLC
Sally and Bill Neukom
Suri and Mala Raman
Rasika and Girish Reddy
The Sister Fund
Ann P. Wyckoff
$2,500 - $4,999
Janet W. Ketcham
Carol and Lenny Lieberman
Mina Titi Liu and Eric Rosenblum
Margaret Niles and Stephen Garratt
Charles and Eleanor Nolan
Jennifer Potter and John Winton
Roy L. Prosterman
Neera & Deepak Raj
Deidra Wager and Rick Munsen
Vivian and Glen Morie
Nelson Family Charitable Fund
Paul Silver and Christina Marra Charitable Fund
Catherine and Thurston Roach
Rachel Running and Doug Love
Drs. Janet and William Solan
Ronald and Elizabeth H. Sugameli Charitable Fund
Camille and Jim Uhlir
Up to $999 (Cont.)
Julie Edsforth and Jabe Blumenthal
Lynne Frame and Rick Hoskins
Galgon Family Fund
William H. Gates Sr.
Daniel S. Gottlieb
Ruth Ann Halford
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Shirley and Ping Kiang
Up to $999 (Cont.)
Andrea Ray Alessio
Leonard and Christine Rolfes
Seattle Community Church
Mary Beth Seifert
Susanne C. Shutz
Rena Singer and John Murphy
Gerald A. Smith
Maggie D. Sparkman-Kurdy
Sandra E. Taylor
Donna L. Walzer and Peter Ormiston
Jill Walzer and Robert Mitchell
Sarah L. Whitson