Our Donors

Red Umbrella Fund depends on the generous support and contributions from others that enable us to do our work.

We deeply appreciate our many partners that are funders.

Red Umbrella Fund’s current funders include:

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to fight poverty and pursue justice in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through philanthropy and advocacy, American Jewish World Service responds to the most pressing issues of our time—from disasters, genocide and hunger, to the persecution of women and minorities worldwide.

AJWS is one of the founding members of Red Umbrella Fund’s International Steering Committee. AJWS has reported extensively on the importance of protecting the human rights of sex workers and is an active member of the Sex Work Donor Collaborative (SWDC). “To effectively stop abuse against sex workers, experts suggest that many changes must take place—from supporting sex workers to educate each other about their rights to reforming laws that have limited sex workers’ access to safe workplaces, economic opportunities and critical services such as health care.”

Comic Relief

Comic Relief is a charity based in the UK “with a vision of a just world, free from poverty… We aim to entertain, engage and accelerate change. We will do this by being a creative agency for social change.” Red Umbrella Fund is supported by Comic Relief through the Power Up strategy and in partnership with UHAI EASHRI. Comic Relief’s Power Up strategy prioritises women and girls having the power to identify their needs, organise around solutions and strategies, and collectively make decisions on how to move forward.

In 2012, Pontso Mafethe was interviewed while working at Comic Relief. The interview includes a decision of her experience serving on the International Steering Committee of the Red Umbrella Fund

Dreilinden

Dreilinden supports people whos sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics do not conform with social norms as well as women and girls. Dreilinden shares their vision of a life free from gender-based discrimination and violence – a life that makes sense for them in their diverse social contexts by means of grants to existing organizations and project grants, as well as by social investments, and networking.

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (through Count Me In! Consortium)

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of Red Umbrella Fund’s funders (through the Count Me In! Consortium). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs works to “create a just and sustainable world. We do all this together with our partners at home and abroad. Working for the Netherlands, worldwide.”


The Count Me In! (CMI!) consortium is a strategic partner of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CMI! consists of member organisations Mama Cash (MC), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), CREA, Just Associates (JASS), and the Sister Funds Urgent Action Fund (UAF) and Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF-Africa). The sex worker-led Red Umbrella Fund (RUF) and the Dutch gender platform WO=MEN are strategic partners of the consortium.

Equality Fund

Equality Fund robustly resources women’s rights organizations and feminist movements worldwide by partnering with organizations, coalitions, and networks focused on building power with women, girls, and trans people, especially in the Global South.

Foundation for a Just Society

Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) “advances the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people and promotes gender and racial justice by ensuring those most affected by injustice have the resources they need to cultivate the leadership and solutions that transform our world.” Learn more about what they fund on their website.

Mama Cash

Mama Cash is the host organisation for Red Umbrella Fund and in 2021 became the largest participatory grantmaker.

Mama Cash supports visionary women, girls and trans people who are fighting for their rights around the world. We do not only support them financially, but also share knowledge and networking opportunities. Mama Cash supports the development of regional women’s funds around the world. We also encourage other funders to support the feminist activism of women, girls and trans people, and we learn and share results. We collaborate with activists, allies and funders worldwide in special initiatives to fund feminist activism.”

National Postcode Loterij

Since the start in 1989, Nationale Postcode Loterij (& its players) has supported charities dedicated to people and planet. Therefore it plays a pioneering role in the quest for a fair and enterprising, green and responsible world.

Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation is “family led and reflects the vision and values of its founders. In all its work Oak pursues rights-based approaches, gender equality and partnership with the organisations we fund. We support civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice and nurture innovation and visionary leadership within it. We value diversity both within Oak and among our partners; we seek to be inclusive, flexible and engage with different points of view. We believe that the best grant-making reflects both careful due diligence and the willingness to take risks.”

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Open Society Foundation (OSF) is one of the funders that supported the formation of Red Umbrella Fund. “The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. We provide thousands of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices, funding a vast array of projects—many of them now shaped by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.“

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund supports “the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Our work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs: Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential, and should be accountable to these ends. The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected. Social justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals, and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance. As responsible stewards, we must strive to maximize the impact of our charitable investments.”

We also want to thank Red Umbrella Fund’s previous donors:

We have also been lucky to receive generous donations, small and large, from various individuals and to be hosted by Mama Cash who allows us to carry out our work in a supportive environment.

If you would like to donate to Red Umbrella Fund, please contact us at [email protected] or make a donation here.