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Fundraising | Celina Ribeiro | 9 Oct 2008

Women's charities have been offered a lifeline by the establishment of a new fund focused solely on funding women’s charities and promoting women’s issues.

The Rosa fund, the first and only fund in the UK devoted exclusively to supporting women’s charities and issues, has been set up by former Womankind Worldwide executive director Maggie Baxter (pictured).

Economic justice, safety, equal representation and health and wellbeing will be the chief areas of concern for Rosa, which was launched in London on 10 June.

According to Rosa, 45 per cent of all women in the UK experience domestic violence, stalking or sexual harassment at some point in their lives. However, since 1984 nearly half of all rape crisis centres have closed due to lack of funding.

“There has been a real push in the last few years towards mainstreaming of equality issues,” said Baxter, Rosa’s development director and trustee. Since the 1990s, she said, government has been averse to single-issue funding. “There is not the political will to give money to women’s organisations.”

The plight of Southall Black Sisters, which faces closure as a result of the Ealing local authority’s decision to withdraw funding in favour of streamlining services, is indicative of the climate in which many women’s organisations are struggling to operate.

Veteran grant-maker

But Rosa has an experienced grantmaker driving it forward - Baxter is a former deputy chief executive and grants director at Comic Relief, where she was responsible for the allocation of all Red Nose Day income. She was seconded while at Comic Relief to set up the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and she is a trustee of City Parochial Foundation.

Rosa starts life with £750,000 of funding secured from the List Family Foundation and an unnamed provate donor, and Baxter says that over the next three years the fund expects to attract £2m to distribute to organisations. The fund will disseminate the money in small amounts (up to £20,000) to small organisations, with a focus on those using innovative strategies to deal with issues facing women.

But while the fund is modest in its aims as a grant-maker, it is ambitious in its plans to generate more women-geared funding from organisations with deeper pockets, by becoming a strong voice on behalf of women’s causes.

“We want Rosa to be influential across the country,” says Baxter. The fund has already entered into talks with major funding bodies, ranging from Comic Relief to UnLtd, to discuss partnership possibilities.

Rosa hopes too to encourage greater solidarity - and philanthropy - among women themselves.

The founding of Rosa comes after over a decade of research and consultation regarding the under-funding of women’s causes in the UK, prompted in part by comparisons to the US sector where umbrella women’s funding organisations are far more established.


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Becky Slack
Editor
Professional Fundraising magazine
23 Jun 2008

Dear all,

Yes there is a website: www.rosauk.org

Michael Zilka
funding officer
network for surviving stalking
22 Jun 2008

is there a website or e-mail contact address please

Mrs Rose Ankinyi Owuor
PROJECT SECRETARY
KINDA COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION.
19 Jun 2008

Dear Maggie Baxter,
I've just read with profound gratitude about your dream come true fund; ROSA FUND. This is a wonderful achievement after a decade of research to let the light shine. Your dream as really come true, and the good work has finally been launched. Women's issues is the right path to go since the women are the most affected in families than men, yet, they form 75% economic movers in the world. I believe that, the Rosa Fund will trickle done to one woman of Africa who is being seriously denied a chance to access relevant services any time any where for life transformation in overcoming social and economic difficulties at the household level.
Kinda Community Based Organization is formed by women and working with women in hard circumstances in regard to Food security, Heath, Education, and Violence prevention amongst the voiceless e.g Women living HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. Kindly form partinership with us and also add our name to your mailing list, so that we may receive your informations regularly.
Thank you,
Yours Sincerely,
MRS ROSE AKINYI OWOUR
PROJECT COORDINATOR.

Michael Zilka
Funding Officer
Network for Surviving Stalking
18 Jun 2008

marvellous - We have always found it very difficult to get stalking issues taken seriously and to secure grant giving trust grants.

I would like to be kept informed and receive all introductory literature.

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