Bath Women’s Fund

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Bath Women's Fund are currently meeting online and we hope to return to face to face meetings later in 2021

17th July 2020

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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.


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Giving in 2021

In 2021 we will be awarding one main grant of £15,000 and two £1,500 appreciation awards. Bath Women’s Fund members have chosen the following theme for our grant making in 2021: Services/projects that increase economic inclusion and support women to move out of poverty.

To apply for this funding, please download the guidance for applicants and check you meet our criteria . If you do, then complete an Expression of Interest form by 5 p.m on Wednesday 31st March.

Social Events

International Women’s Day Virtual Potluck Dinner to celebrate inspiring women leaders, supporting our local communities

Wednesday 3rd March at 6.30pm – book here

We are honoured that these inspiring local leaders, who have previously spoken at one of our potluck dinners, will be joining us to talk about the work of their organisations to support women, girls and local communities during the Covid-19 crisis:

  • Helen Fisher of Bath City Farm
  • Helen Donovan of Bath City FC Foundation
  • Roanne Wootten of Julian House
  • Allison Todd of Mercy in Action
  • Penny McKissock of Southside Family Project
  • Ursula Lindenberg of VOICES

The International Women’s Day 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge: choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality, choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. 

Other dates for your diary:
13th May – Event focused on Poverty as our Grant-Making Theme
7th July – Bath Women’s Fund Grants Award Evening

We hope to be able to bring everyone together in person later in the year!


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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.


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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.

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For further information, please get in touch with Isobel or Emma:

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