We believe it is important that we live our own values to give sex workers agency and leadership of the resources with which they can improve their human rights. Therefore, the governance and grantmaking bodies of the Red Umbrella Fund are in majority led by sex workers themselves.

  • International Steering Committee 
  • Programme Advisory Committee 
  • Staff 

International Steering Committee

The Red Umbrella Fund’s International Steering Committee (ISC) is currently comprised of seven sex worker activists from different parts of the world and four donors. The ISC is the key governing body of the Red Umbrella Fund tasked to oversee the strategic vision of the Red Umbrella Fund and make the grantmaking decisions.

ISC meeting May 2013 Amsterdam

ISC Meeting – Amsterdam, May 2013


Programme Advisory Committee

The Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of at least 80% sex workers from different parts of the world. This peer review panel reads the applications from sex worker-led groups and makes recommendations for funding to the International Steering Committee.

The Red Umbrella Fund Programme Advisory Committee

Members of the ISC, PAC, and staff together in October 2012 in Amsterdam.


The Red Umbrella Fund’s day-to-day work and decision making is done by the staff at the Secretariat:


Nadia van der Linde Fund Coordinator


Dennis van Wanrooij Programme Associate

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Louise LaFleur Programme Associate









The staff are regularly supported by interns and volunteers.

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Host organisation

The Red Umbrella Fund’s small Secretariat is fiscally sponsored and hosted by Mama Cash.