The great ‘charity’ scandal – how is the Fawcett Society financed?

Update 8.3.13: this piece has just been made available on ‘A Voice for Men’:

http://www.avoiceformen.com/feminism/time-to-turn-the-fawcett-off/

To any reasonable person (militant feminists are by definition excluded) the long-established militant feminist campaign group the Fawcett Society http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk must be considered a deeply politically-motivated organisation. It also benefits considerably from being a registered charity, and we’ve already publicly declared our intention to challenge its charitable status – and that of the Women’s Resources Centre – at some point. The guidelines set by the Charity Commission concerning the differences between campaigning and political activity are complex (link below), but we’ve already received a legal opinion that a challenge of Fawcett’s charitable status would be worth undertaking.

http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Publications/cc9.aspx#2

The latest annual report viewable on Fawcett’s website is that for 2008/9 http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Publications/cc9.aspx#2 but if you log onto the Charity Commission’s website you can view the annual reports up to the latest registered one, for 2011/12. So let’s have a look at 2007/8 and 2011/12 reports, to get a flavour of Fawcett’s sources of funding under a Labour government and our current Conservative-led coalition government.

2007/8 annual report (Labour government in power)

http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends69/0001108769_AC_20080331_E_C.PDF

Key income streams:

Home Office £42,000

Dept Communities & Local Government £19,950

Equal Opportunities Commission (the body which preceded the Equality & Human Rights Commission): £10,000

Electoral Commission £10,866

So, left-wing politicians are diverting taxpayer’s money to a deeply left-wing and anti-male campaigning organisation. Quelle surprise. I was particularly intrigued by the Electoral Commission donation to Fawcett, so I asked the Commission about the matter. They responded:

The payment to the Fawcett Society that you refer to was a grant awarded as part of the Commission’s Partnership Grants Scheme. The purpose of the scheme was for the Commission to work with organisations to increase democratic participation (with a particular emphasis on voter registration) and to raise awareness of how local, national and European democracy is organised and how decisions are made. The scheme ran from 2007, and as far as I am aware, stopped in 2010.

The specific project that the Fawcett Society were awarded a grant for related to increasing the voter registration rates, and general understanding of the democratic process of women from black and ethnic minority communities. Although we no longer have any current information on our website, there is some further information here: http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=634

To save you a little time, the link leads you to the following gem which magically transforms black and ethic minority women’s reluctance to vote, into ‘political exclusion’. Incredible, even by Fawcett’s consistently low standards.

femocracy

Fawcett’s campaign working directly with ethnic minority women on political empowerment and actively addressing political exclusion.

Political exclusion

Ninety years on since women in the UK first won the vote, ethnic minority women remain one of the most excluded groups from formal political and decision making processes. Black Caribbean and Black African people are amongst the least likely to vote; Black Caribbean and Black African women are particularly unlikely to turn out to vote. The severe underrepresentation of ethnic minority women in British politics, coupled with low voter registration rates amongst some ethnic minority groups, has resulted in ethnic minority women’s exclusion from the political system. In reality this means ethnic minority women are not being seen or heard politically.

At the heart of our two year is campaign is direct work with ethnic minority women on their political empowerment. With support from the Electoral Commission, femocracy will work with over 1500 ethnic minority women across the country through a series of events in London, Birmingham, Burnley, Cardiff and Glasgow. The events will provide an opportunity for those who attend to raise their awareness of how politics impacts on their lives, learn about how UK political institutions work and meet with ethnic minority women politicians and political activists.

femocracy addresses the political invisibility and silence of one of the most excluded groups from formal political and decision making processes.

Just one question. How can this campaign – like many other Fawcett campaigns – not be deemed deeply political? There’s not one word of concern about the ‘political exclusion’ of black and ethic minority men. But they mainly vote Labour, so there’s no problem to be tackled by the unfortunately energetic ladies at Fawcett.

2011/12 annual report (Conservative-led coalition government in power)

http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends69/0001108769_AC_20120331_E_C.pdf

Key income streams (page 15):

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £93,000

ROSA (www.rosa.org – ‘the first UK-wide fund for projects working with women and girls’. It’s a ‘charitable fund’) £45,000

London Councils £17,965

Barrow Cadbury Trust £12,000

Anonymous £10,000

Feminist Review Trust £9,811

Trust for London £4,668

(UNISON donated £30,368 in 2010/11 but nothing in 2011/12)

The website of Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust http://jrct.org.uk is worth visiting, given they donated £93,000 in 2011/12. I see the Trust’s chair is a women (Margaret Bryan) as is the Head of Finance (Jackie Turpin).

Trust for London http://www.trustforlondon.org.uk describes itself as ‘a charitable organisation that exists to reduce poverty and inequality in London.’

The inescapable conclusion? Charities, unions, and councils are financing a militant feminist ‘charity’. We plan to raise public awareness about this scandal. This blog post is only the start. Game on.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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