Com­mu­nity boost with fund launch

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

A new ap­proach to phi­lan­thropy has been launched in Bath. More than 50 women gath­ered in The Chapel at St John’s Foun­da­tion to start the Bath Women’s Fund. In­spir­ing lo­cal fe­male role mod­els in­clud­ing two for­mer Olympians spoke about the power of women com­ing to­gether to give and sup­port oth­ers in their com­mu­nity. The speak­ers on Oc­to­ber 4 were the chair of Bath and North East Som­er­set, Coun­cil­lor Karen Walker, Pro­fes­sor Ca­role Mun­dell, Pro­fes­sor of Ex­tra­galac­tic As­tron­omy at the Univer­sity of Bath, Amy Wil­liams MBE, Wera Hob­house MP and Shar­ron Davies MBE. The Bath Women’s Fund is in­spired by the many ex­am­ples of Giv­ing Cir­cles around the world, en­gag­ing donors in giv­ing and learn­ing about phi­lan­thropy and the is­sues that they aim to ad­dress. The co-founders, Emma Bee­ston and Iso­bel Michael, wanted to repli­cate this suc­cess­ful model of place-based phi­lan­thropy in Bath, sup­ported by a Steer­ing Group and St John’s Foun­da­tion in Bath. Emma Bee­ston said: “The Bath Women’s Fund is a col­lec­tive re­sponse to need and the giv­ing cir­cle will en­able donors to pool re­sources to cre­ate more im­pact to­gether.” The Bath Women’s Fund will have an an­nual grant mak­ing theme to be cho­sen by the mem­bers at the start of each year and a £50 monthly giv­ing level, with young mem­bers giv­ing at £25 per month. The Bath Women’s Fund aims to en­gage lo­cal women in the power of col­lec­tive giv­ing to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Women (and men) who are in­ter­ested can sign up to the mail­ing list at: http:// eep­­fwo Re­search shows that Giv­ing Cir­cles en­cour­age mem­bers to give more and to help more pro­gres­sive causes.

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