Bath Women’s Fund

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Mentoring Plus, winners of £10,000 grant, July 2020

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 2020

In 2020 we awarded our first ever grant of £10,000 to Mentoring Plus for their Inspiring Girls project. This money will help set up new Girls Groups in three local schools.

Ruth Keily, Executive Director of Mentoring Plus, said: “They want more girls to experience supporting each other, to meet inspirational women and to be heard. They want the girls of the world to realise their potential and find their voice, starting in their own communities.”

On Wednesday 15th July, Bath Women’s Fund members met virtually for their first Grants Award Evening, compered by BBC reporter/presenter Ali Vowles. The three local charity finalists for the 2020 grant programme – Julian House, Mentoring Plus and SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support) – presented their projects and answered questions from Bath Women’s Fund members. Each member has one vote to choose the charity to receive the main grant and Mentoring Plus won the most votes in a close contest.

In the Autumn, members will be choosing their theme for 2021’s giving, and we hope to have more funds to give away next year.

Social Events

Virtual Potluck Dinner on 9th December

Join us on Zoom to connect with members of Bath Women’s Fund and friends, and to learn about modern and historic slavery from:
  • Sarah Moore of Unseen UK, a charity based in Bristol working towards a world without slavery
  • Kirsten Elliott, local historian and writer, on Bath’s links to slavery

We will announce the theme for the 2021 Bath Women’s Fund grant-making programme, following the . We also look forward to sharing an update from Mentoring Plus on the Girls’ Group project and activities this term. Bath Women’s Fund supported the Girls’ Group through its inaugural grant in 2020.

Book your place here – please do bring a cup of mulled something or winter cocktail/mocktail and we’d love everyone to wear a festive hat, jumper and/or earrings!


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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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