How Our Funding Helps
Here’s some feedback from our grant recipients telling us how our funding has helped them.
Arts & Culture
As a result of funding from The Roddick Foundation the Soil Association has developed their campaigns and policy work to raise awareness and activism around the critical issue of food security, and sustainable food and farming systems. They have published Stuffed – a new activists handbook which starts in the kitchen and travels via gardens, schools, communities, cities and farms to examine how the global food system influences, and can be influenced by, our own personal choices. The Soil Association has also run a major international conference, which looked at the unprecedented challenges facing the world’s food systems. Published a key report on organic farming’s potential to mitigate climate change through carbon capture, and organised a national conference in Birmingham, addressing the triple challenges of climate change, resource depletion and food security and the need to develop new models for food and farming systems for the 21st century.
Courtesy of The Roddick Foundation, Tourism Concern has been able to employ a full time campaigns manager plus supporting volunteer staff to launch their important new campaign demanding water rights for communities in destinations: Water Equity in Tourism (WET). The goal being that water rights of communities living in tourism destinations are protected and respected and more equitable distribution between local people and tourism development is secured.
As a result of the funding provided by The Roddick Foundation Navdanya (a women-led movement for biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture and farmer’s rights ) has been able to create a global alliance of that are resisting GMOs, and also produce a global citizen’s report on GMOs titled ‘The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes – False Promises, Failed Technologies.’ Both the report and the global citizens alliance have provided the GMO-free movements with a strong and persuasive tool in their work to turn the GMO industrial tide.
Slow Food UK
As a result of the grant from The Roddick Foundation, Slow Food UK, a not-for-profit seeking to promote a better way to eat, has developed a new membership database. Due to the improved membership database, local groups have easier access to membership information, which enables them to contact their local members more easily. Local groups have to spend less time informing and chasing local members for their renewal, and less members lapsed, creating bigger and stronger local groups, that can focus more on organising local events and activities. The new database, and improved local events section helps them communicate about these activities more easily too.
A new email system was also developed to be linked to the membership database. The new membership database and email system allows for more, frequent tailored communication with different stakeholder groups. Doing so, different groups get more specialised information, relevant to their role within the
Blue Marine Foundation
The Roddick Foundation funding has enabled BLUE to expand its portfolio of marine conservation activities to now include: Belize, Lyme Bay, exploration of other UK sites in which to adopt the Lyme model, the Mediterranean, Antarctica and Scotland. The beneficiaries in each of these areas vary – from people to marine ecosystems but suffice to say that BLUE’s remit has been firmly progressed by this funding.
In addition, this funding has enabled to continue to bring the world’s attention to the crisis in the oceans. With the support of the Roddick Foundation, BLUE has produced two short films – on a modest budget – and a highly impactful PR campaign to help raise further awareness and funds for its mission.
This funding also enables the successful and professional running of the at a ‘behind the scenes’ level, and the funding has been of immeasurable value to BLUE itself. BLUE is a young, ‘start up’ charity which cannot rely on a fully established, long-running list of ‘repeat’ donors.
With the funding from The Roddick Foundation WhaleFest has been able to able to reach thousands more children with innovative educational materials and a message of the importance care for the ocean environment. WhaleFest’s in-schools activities are one of the children’s most anticipated and enjoyed events. The quality and scope of WhaleFest’s educational work at the forthcoming WhaleFest would be fraction of what they deliver without The Roddick Foundation’s support.
The Roddick Foundation funding has been truly invaluable this year in helping Transition Network progress their core work, in communications and support. Transition has been able to inspire and catalyse action by communities towards a low-carbon, socially-just future, and to help people involved in Transition to access good information, resources and support.
This grant has helped Microloan make real strides in alleviating rural poverty in Blantyre, Southern Malawi. After recruitment, training and a one-month induction at Malawi Head Office, Mike Kanyesi began operating in Blantyre in November 2010. By the end of January Mike was already delivering training, mentoring and loans to 280 clients in the area. With an average of 5 children and dependents per female client, this means that Mike has helped approximately 1680 people in his initial three months.
In 2011 drought and displacement combined with rising food prices left more than 13 million people in the east and the horn of Africa in urgent need of humanitarian support. Funding from The Roddick Foundation was directed to support vulnerable families in Northern Kenya, where the drought was caused by the failure of the October/December 2010 and March/May 2011 ‘long’ rains. Through The Roddick Foundation’s funding Christian Aid have saved lives and livelihoods, and improved the health of families through improved nutrition and safe water.
Community Action fund for Women
Funding from The Roddick Foundation was used to provide an agricultural support program. CAFWA works to empower women in conflict and post-conflict areas to re-build their lives through financial security, increased food production, and environmental restoration. CAFWA supports long term programs, acting as a catalyst, facilitator, and critical source of encouragement to the 1,600 women currently enrolled in its programs.
The funding from the Roddick Foundation has made great impacts in terms of providing emergency humanitarian aid and therapy to vulnerable people who are most in need. From this perspective the funding was hugely successful and went a long way towards ensuring life-saving support for communities affected by the Syrian conflict.
One very additional positive note from the community project that The Roddick Foundation has supported is that the community members now feel enabled and motivated to begin advocating for an improvement in services for refugees in Wadi el Zeiny. They are especially looking at improvement to health and educational services and how they can lobby the UNRWA to provide aid for the forgotten refugee communities. These communities have received aid, empowerment and care, however we regret to say, that the need remains great.
Helen Bamber Foundation
Received funding to launch ‘The Journey’ in New York City. The Journey is an experiential art installation by well-known artists that depicts the Journey of a young woman trafficked into a life of sexual exploitation. The installation has been on display in London, Vienna and Madrid and travelled to New York City at the request of the Mayor’s Office. The aim of this launch was to raise awareness in the public, network for improved care, support and legal protection for victims of trafficking and provide outreach and educational opportunities for local NGOs, governmental bodies and the public.
This grant has enabled an additional 153 women in Ethiopia who were/are at risk of Gender Based Violence (GBV) to access small loans to help them make a real, lasting difference to their own lives. Economically dependent women are now able to create assets and a stable income in addition to giving them a more leveraged position in their homes. This allows them to discuss and negotiate with their husbands which was previously unheard of in traditional society
In schools, The Roddick Foundation has helped create school clubs and parent teacher groups providing comprehensive support to victims. GBV survivors are now able to get the medical and psychological support they need. These services were previously unavailable and a great deal more work will be done to strengthen them over the next six months. The work with school clubs coupled with infrastructural improvements has meant more girls are attending and staying in school, and their performance is noticeably improving.
As a result, the Roddick Foundation’s funding has not only had a direct impact on those at risk or those who have suffered acts of GBV. The funding has also made a difference to the attitudes and practices of entire communities which will hopefully result in a substantial decline in incidences of GBV over the coming years.
Funding from The Roddick Foundation has been critical to Platform’s launch and promotion of their report on Shell in Nigeria. They sustained media interest and were able to escalate the campaign, and in doing so, amplified the voices and stories of local residents in the Niger Delta to a global audience. The funding has also allowed Platform to deepen their engagement with popular movements – for example as a result of Platform’s analysis, Syrian democracy activists were able to effectively target the Western oil companies who were supporting the Syrian regime. This grant has led to Platform’s growing campaign on the finance sector being central to major shifts in the approach of financial institutions towards the oil industry, and now Platform’s investor work serves a global public interest.
The Freedom Archives
The Freedom Archives published “Out of Control – A Fifteen Year Battle Against Control Unit Prisons” in January 2013 and went to a second printing in May. Out of Control tells the inspiring story of the Committee to End the Marion Lockdown (CEML). Founded in 1985 to organise against control unit prisons and related inhumane practices at the notorious federal prison in Marion, Illinois, the committee’s work and influence spread nationwide, even as the practices at Marion became widespread in many other prisons in the U.S. and internationally. The Roddick Foundation grant supported the publication, outreach and messaging of Out of Control, and website development. It also generated publicity and has supported travel. Copies of this significant new book are also being sent to prisoners themselves at no cost.
The Roddick Foundation grant has also played an important role in encouraging women’s leadership in factory advocacy and organizing work. Traditionally in Bangladesh women have been restricted to the home. Of course that is changing in that poor, working class women are now permitted to work long hours in factories, because their families desperately need the income. But when they are not at work, they are still expected to be at home, and deeply ingrained cultural training dictates that women workers remain submissive and meek.
With The Roddick Foundation’s support, the IGLHR’s partner organization, the BGSSF, has hired its first two women organizers and researchers, who are now collaborating with both the federation (on organizing and worker education) and with the Institute’s Dhaka and Chittagong offices (on research).
The Roddick Foundation funding has also played a key role in helping the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation mobilize and reach out to hundreds workers severely injured in the Rana Plaza collapse and their families.
Witness to Guantanamo
With The Roddick Foundation’s grant has been instrumental to the Witness to Guantanamo’s ongoing success. They have now completed 124 interviews in 18 countries. This impressive collection amounts to a sizeable 8TB of data. In the first six months of this grant period, funding from The Roddick Foundation has touched every part of the project.
Funding from The Roddick Foundation has supported 13 Hope North students with supplies, campus upkeep, healthcare and recreation. Hope North is a charity who educates and heals the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development.
This grant was awarded to the Mother Jones Anita Fund: A Global Justice Journalism Project. During the first year good progress was made including a special report on human rights which was published in the March/April 2010 issue of Mother Jones, a new human rights reporter was hired to report full time on human rights issues around the world and in the United States and we have been looking at ways to connect more with the younger tech-savy audience with our human rights reporting.
John Pilger/Strand Films
This grant was used to help fund the making of the film/documentary ‘The War You Don’t See’ – an investigation into the media’s role in war, tracing the history of embedded and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. Without this funding the film would not have been completed to the length (94 minutes) or the high standard which it was.
Centre For Investigative Journalism
Core funding was given so that CIJ could provide more training in locations around the UK which have rarely received it, and to help widen the provision of practical tools and resources. CIJ is committed to providing the most up-to-date training available in the field of investigative reporting and to champion in depth, critical and sceptical journalism. Some of the grant was also used on the Cargill Project – an on-going long-form investigation – and this has helped take the project into the final stages of completion. The Cargill Project aims to alert the public to Cargill’s effects on the environment, food security, the lives and conditions of farmers and farm labourers, including children. Cargill’s role in the destruction of community agriculture and the industrialisation of what we eat.
The Shine Trust
Funding from the Roddick Foundation has been used by The Shine Trust to establish and develop literacy support in communities in South Africa.
Parent workshops have also been run and used as interventions to heighten awareness of the importance of literacy and books amongst parents and in poor communities, as well as providing them with the necessary skills to do this. Parents are taught how to help their children with Shared and Paired Reading and how to interest children in stories by making stories ‘come alive’.
Skills learnt by those attending the workshops have also had an impact on the broader community with some parents now reading to their neighbours’ children and reading to children at crèches and after-care centres. Two parents have been assisting with reading sessions on a weekly basis and have through this opportunity acquired new skills themselves.
Previously, no Xhosa books and readers were available and communities were unaware that there were so many Xhosa books available. These resource cabinets have been looked at as mini-libraries.
Funding has enabled Open Democracy to expose corporate and governmental wrongdoing, inform the public, provide intelligence and ammunition to reporters, activists, campaigners and parliamentarians, and stimulate media coverage of hard issues by demonstrating that there is strong story material.
Hepatitis C Trust
Funding from The Roddick Foundation has helped expand the Hep C Trust’s patient support and information services, support the work the Trust is doing at a global level to get the World Health Organisation and its 193 member countries to give hepatitis C, together with hepatitis B, the priority it needs. The Trust was able to participate in the second truly global World Hepatitis Day
Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI)
With the support of The Roddick Foundation and UNICEF, UNFPA, Advanced Life Support Group and the Souter Foundation, MCAI have been able to run several key training courses in emergency care, monitored and assessed by Gambian and UK instructors for different types of health workers predominantly from the Brikama/West River Region District of The Gambia. Three training courses in Emergency Maternal and Neonatal Healthcare attended by a total of 68 health workers – doctors, midwives and skilled birth attendants, two training courses in Emergency Child Trauma and Healthcare attended by 36 health workers and one Generic Instructor course attended by 8 midwives and 1 doctor. In addition to providing appropriate practical course materials, the funding given also helped to provide each trainee with a comprehensive manual and pocketbook in emergency care, a resuscitation logbook, and bag, valve and mask which they can keep.
Because of the training the Foundation enabled MCAI to provide, over 100 key health workers (midwives, nurses, and doctors) are now skilled in the emergency management of very ill pregnant women, babies, and children. MCAI know that this training directly leads to saving lives: although it is too soon to assess the resuscitation logbooks of those attending the February courses, 293 life-saving intervention attempts have been documented in personal logbooks in candidates from previous courses.
Special Yoga Centre
The support from The Roddick Foundation has helped 10 children to continue to receive weekly one-to-one yoga therapy sessions over 20 weeks. The Special Yoga Centre is the only charity in the UK providing yoga therapy to children with special needs. The benefit and impact of one-to-one sessions is that the therapist can tailor a yoga therapy to the exact and often needs of the recipient child. This approach enables each child to respond and develop his/her own pace and by the bespoke nature of this programme, the ability of the therapist to respond to a child’s responses in a personalised way.
Chestnut Tree House
As a result of The Roddick Foundation’s grant a staff nurse has been able to continue her vital role at Chestnut Tree House as part of the multi-disciplinary team caring for local life-limited children staying at the hospice.
The number of life-limited children for whom they care has increased to 280. Care for the children is provided “round the clock” and in the daytime this is on a 1:1 basis. The nurse supported by the grant from The Roddick Foundation has helped in providing care for an increased number of children and thanks to this grant Chestnut Tree House remains able to maintain their commitment to provide this level of short breaks for each child at Chestnut Tree House.
Hepatitis C Trust
Funding from The Roddick Foundation has given the Trust the ability to develop the infrastructure to launch The Plan and meet three of their stated goals for the pre-launch phase:
- Increased cooperation through partnership and advocacy with a range of hepatitis C stakeholders, including government, NHS, drug companies and other charities;
- Expansion of many of the Trust’s on-going projects to meet the Plan’s stated objectives;
- Significant increase in capacity of the Trust fundraising department.
World Development Movement (WDM)
Thanks to funding from the Roddick Foundation WDM was able to organise five campaign skills training days (focussing on media, lobbying & social networking) in Reading, London, Manchester, Leeds, and Glasgow. They were able to bring in expert trainers, Kathryn Tulip and Joy Francis. Funding has also allowed them to increase their network team’s capacity. They now have a temporary, 2.5 days/wk networks assistant to support their senior network development officer.
The Missing Foundation
The funding donated to The Missing Foundation has enabled us to achieve the following: provide a 24 hour, 7 days a week Advice Line, to form links with specialised, dedicated organisations and to guide people to the most appropriate service, whether they are missing people or families and friends of missing people. The funding directly benefits the many families who have little or no understanding of the services available to them. The job of the Missing Foundation is to know where those services are, what times they are open and exactly how they can help. Time is of the essence and the first few days have proved to be crucial in locating or helping an individual. The charity also provides information and support to other services so everyone is working more effectively and in unison.
The Roddick Foundation’s grant was put towards core costs and Changing Faces believe that this support has been fundamental in their work – they have been able to sustain their services and campaigns. Changing Faces is the UK’s leading not-for-profit organisation seeking individual, professional, institutional, legal and social transformations for people with disfigurements to their face, hands and body from any cause. As a result of funding from the Foundation, Changing Faces have been able to build their focus and re-energise their efforts to promote a better and fairer future for people with disfigurements – and launch their new Face Equality Film.
The Albert Einstein Institution
… is committed to the defence of democratic freedoms and institutions and the reduction of political violence through the use of nonviolent action. It is dedicated to examining how freedom, justice and peace can be achieved without sacrificing one for the other. The grant has helped with general operating support and to expand AE Institution’s capacity to support their mission areas of research and sharing the results of that research.
Funding from the Roddick Foundation has allowed SumOfUs to hire new campaigners, target dozens of corporations, expand their fundraising programme, and have a clear impact on multiple campaigns. SumOfUs’ members have become more educated and aware of corporate accountability issues, their campaigns have reached millions of people and informed them about the impact of corporate behaviour on human rights, the environment, and democratic freedoms, including the influence that their consumer power can have over that behaviour, and their members have also been empowered to take action. Their members increased awareness is now channeled into direct action against corporate abuses around the world.
Funding from The Roddick Foundation has helped AHA! stay focused on maintaining current programming, giving enhanced training to a superlative staff (now consisting of 15 facilitators, an administrator, a Development Director, and an Executive team) of both veterans and newbies while paying them a living wage, refinement of curriculum and its delivery, deepening their understanding of SEL and the foundations of the work they do, and refining our development strategies.
My Sisters’ House
With the help of The Roddick Foundation My Sisters’ House were able to engage other funding and opened a visible office in Bognor Regis in June 2015. This enables My Sisters’ House to offer a drop in service, a domestic abuse surgery and a money clinic as well as a rollout of SHINE confidence courses across the area.