How Our Funding Helps
Here’s some feedback from our grant recipients telling us how our funding has helped them.
Arts & Culture
can be improved upon. In 2012 the theatre will be 50 years old and the ageing Grade 2 listed building poses restrictions
to the theatre and therefore is limiting its potential. The grant has meant that they now have the building blocks
in place and are ready to start developing the site. It also enabled CFT to leverage a grant from the Arts Council
England towards the development of this project.
companies and audiences to form new relationships and develop exciting new work. With the establishment of an artist
development programme, BDFL have been able to foster successful relationships with a number of artists and companies
and BDFL have also worked closely and formed key partnerships with leadings in a range of different art forms, including
Hydrocracker, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, South East Dance, Without Walls and ZEPA. These relationships have
not only benefitted the companies/artists but have also enabled BDFL to commission and present cutting edge new work
of the highest standard that has contributed to propelling the forward in terms of raising our national profile.
on over 20 more community events, and were also able to fund more street entertainment than ever before. The street
entertainment increased the footfall in the town – beneficial for traders, raised the profile of the festival and
provided the community families and visitors some fantastic entertainment.
manage the website in an efficient manner. As a result they are uploading new material everyday. The number of visitors
is sustained and growing. They were also able to hold the Festival of Wellbeing, a successful festival which was
attended by 350 people, shifting their focus from economic growth to growth in well-being. Speakers included Fiona
Reynolds, Johnathon Porrit, Caroline Lucas, Polly Higgins, Patrick Holden, and Satish Kumar. Building on the success
of this festival they are organising a second festival of well-being this year.
a powerful and critically acclaimed pop-up supermarket art installation at O.N.C.A. gallery. Waste plastic collected
from local beaches by the artists and volunteers was washed, sorted and re-branded to create an eerily spectacular
‘supermarket’. The “TruCost Super M-Art” subverted the universal mundane shopping experience with the aim of inspiring
visitors to use plastic in more sustainable ways.
enhanced infrastructure and program roster, increased budget, and many opportunities to develop existing and new
programs. The Prison Project has a great responsibility and opportunity to make an impact beyond the inmates and
prisons the Actors’ Gang currently serve and they feel the support from The Roddick Foundation has moved them much
closer to their core aims and are excited to see what the next six months will bring.
festival in November 2015, a two-week Festival of performances and discussions in London featuring some of the company’s
most acclaimed original productions, reinvigorated classics and the world premiere of a new work, Time of Women.
Belarus Free Theatre integrated artistic production with campaigning and education elements throughout the festival
period to engage audiences in critical and pressing debates on human rights and social justice issues in the UK and
Syrian refugees in the tour. This money was of enormous help towards the refugees and their families. Most of these
families have been refugees in Jordan for five years now; they are largely forbidden to work for a living in Jordan
and money has become very tight. One of the aims of the Queens of Syria project is to help ease the financial burden
of the refugees in Jordan as much as possible. The money also enabled the women to justify taking the time to come
to the UK and tour the play.
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
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.
With the help of the funding received from The Roddick Foundation, the Gaia Foundation has been able to complete the production phase of their global photographic initiative ‘We Feed The World’ which will put the spotlight on the small, family farms and communities who feed over 70% of the world’s population through regenerative agricultural approaches.
Greenpeace Environmental Trust
construction of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath model house that is now being previewed by returning median and lower median
income residents. The house was framed using their Construction Job Training trainees and the interior of the house
was drywalled by their skilled construction volunteers. The sale of new homes will allow Common Ground to expand
their Construction Job Training programme for local residents and by building stick built homes they are buying materials
locally adding to a needed expansion of the local sales tax base and completed homes add to a needed expansion of
the real estate tax base.
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
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.
The Roddick Foundation’s support has been integral to sustaining the work of the Innocence Project’s legal department
through support for the salary of Staff Attorney Bryce Benjet and his extensive work on behalf of the IP’s clients.
The Innocence Project’s core aims are to free innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted and bring substantive
reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. With each new exoneration and policy achievement,
the Innocence Project is helping to shape a criminal justice system based on fairness and informed by science.
Freedom To Choose
Funding from The Roddick Foundation has been supporting the continuation and expansion of Freedom To Choose’s workshops and programs at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) & Valley State Prison (VSP). The grant monies given have also played an important role in giving Freedom to Choose the ability to continue making the workshops available to the incarcerated community.