Welcome to Bath Women’s Fund
Bath Women’s Fund celebrates women’s philanthropy and the wonderful local people and organisations that empower and support women, girls and families. We give collectively to achieve a greater impact – each member donates £25 per month (or £20 plus Gift Aid), or more if they wish.
Together, we decide each year on a theme for grant making, learn about the issues involved and then decide how the funds will be allocated to make the biggest impact.
How Giving Circles Work
Giving Circles operate around the World. They work by pooling member’s resources and giving to good causes.
Using this approach for the Bath Women’s Fund will mean that members will:
- connect more directly with local organisations
- learn about local issues
- share the joy of giving, and
- get involved more deeply in philanthropy and how funds are allocated to achieve the greatest impact
Giving Circles are also about having fun and bringing together a like-minded group of socially-aware professional women.
Giving in 2020
In 2020 we will be awarding one grant of £10,000 and two £1,000 appreciation awards. Bath Women’s Fund members have now cast their votes and it was decided that our first theme for our grant-making will be: Services for Women and Girls
To apply for this funding, please download the guidance for applicants and check you meet our criteria and priorities. If you do, then complete an Expression of Interest form by 5 p.m on 28th February.
Throughout the year, we hold social events for our members and other like-minded women. We meet new people, share food and learn about issues affecting local women and families. In July 2019, we enjoyed fabulous sunshine for a summer potluck dinner event kindly hosted by the Mayden Academy. We heard from local charities The Nelson Trust and Voices about the critical work they do to empower women who have experienced trauma. To find out about the next events we have planned, please sign up to our mailing list.
Our story so far
Co-founder, Isobel Michael, was inspired by seeing Melbourne Women’s Fund in action when she was working in Australia. Isobel is a Bathonian and a fundraiser and shared her vision with fellow co-founder, Emma Beeston, who works as an advisor to philanthropists and Foundations. Both agreed that there was the need and opportunity in Bath to set up a giving circle.
On Thursday 4th October 2018, over 50 women gathered in The Chapel at St John’s Foundation to launch the Bath Women’s Fund. Inspiring local female role models including Wera Hobhouse MP, Professor Carole Mundell, Amy Williams MBE, Sharron Davies MBE and Councillor Karen Walker spoke about the power of women coming together to give and support other in their community.
Get In Touch
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