Red Umbrella Fund has a small Secretariat that is responsible for the daily operations and financial sustainability. In line with our values, the Secretariat prioritises hiring sex workers for staff positions.

Red Umbrella Fund is hosted by Mama Cash, the oldest international women’s fund, which has been a champion for sex workers’ rights since 1983. Mama Cash is based in the Netherlands.

International Steering Committee

Red Umbrella Fund’s International Steering Committee (ISC) is the key governing body of Red Umbrella Fund responsible for making strategic decisions. It currently has 8 sex worker activists from different parts of the world and 3 donor representatives.


ISC Members

We remain extremely grateful to our former ISC members!

  • Ana Luz Mamani Silva, Peru
  • Patrick Fotso, Cameroon
  • Pontso Mafethe, United Kingdom
  • Rani Ravudi, Fiji
  • Miriam Edwards, Guyana
  • Chantawipa Apisuk, Thailand
  • Ruth Morgan Thomas, UK
  • Anne Gathumbi, United States of America
  • Marieke van Doornick, Netherlands
  • Sebastian Köhn, United States of America
  • Tishauna Edwards, Guyana
  • Tara Burns, United States of America
  • Nataliia Isaieva, Ukraine
  • Heather Benjamin, United States of America
  • Stacey-Leigh Manuel, United States of America
  • Coco Jervis, Netherlands
  • Kay Thi Win, Thailand
  • Phelister Abdalla, Kenya

Programme Advisory Committee

The Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) reads the applications received by Red Umbrella Fund from sex worker-led groups and networks and selects which groups should receive funding. They are sometimes also called a community or peer review panel. Their recommendation is sent to the International Steering Committee for approval. The PAC consists of at least 80% sex workers from different parts of the world.

Apply for a Grant

Red Umbrella Fund accepts Applications once a year between June and August. Follow the link to learn more about how to apply.


Your support makes it possible for Red Umbrella Fund to provide flexible core funding to sex worker-led organisations and networks worldwide.