Why so few women in UK foundations?
We’ve analysed all of the newly created grant-making trusts (foundations) registered in England and Wales since 2005 – a data set of 2,312 new grant-makers. Our findings are in a new Factary report, ‘Trust Women’, available for download here.
- Boards are not balanced – on average there is just one woman per board across all of these trusts.
- Almost one third (29.7%) had all-men boards when they were registered.
- Just one trust in five has women in the majority on boards.
- And we found some evidence that trusts with women in the majority were poorer at start-up than those with men-majority boards.
Our report is based on Factary’s New Trust Update dataset (http://factary.com/what-we-do/new-trust-update/ ).
To find out more about this data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Download ‘Trust Women’ here.
Two leading UK venture philanthropy funds are to merge – an interesting move and one which again underlines the clear business-like view of venture philanthropists. It’s a move that many philanthropists will welcome – particularly those who criticise the non-profit sector for duplication of effort.
The only downside is that the new entity’s board – announced in a press-release here http://bit.ly/13SEOxb – is all-male. This ties in with the gender imbalance that we identified in our 2011 report “The Venture Philanthropists,” in which we noted that 80% of board members are men.
In May 2012, Mama Cash launched a report (http://www.mamacash.org/page.php?id=2788) showing that only 4.8% of European foundation spend was directed at women and girls. Could this be in part caused by the male dominance of leadership roles in European foundations?