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.
Community Environmental Council
With the help of the funding received CEC has been able to increase their reach to the public as well as strengthen community partnerships on their five initiatives that seek to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to address climate change. Funding has allowed CEC to maintain one of the strongest social media networks by an environmental non-profit in Southern California.