Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe

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Our Mission

To mobilise resources for environmental sustainability and social justice.

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe (charity number 1151527) was established in 2013 to give people in the United Kingdom and Europe the opportunity to invest in grassroots environmental action on a global scale.

What We Do

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe gives voice to people whose lives are most impacted by environmental harm and social injustice. Every day, our global network of people on the frontlines and donors comes together to support communities to protect their ways of life and our planet.

Because when local people have a say in the health of their food, water, and resources, they are forces for change.

With your support, we partner with local activists to identify the most pressing problems and promising grassroots actions, primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and Central Asia. Then we make small grants (average size £4.000) to local leaders making a difference in their communities.

 

Empowering community-led change in India

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Delhi’s squalid slums are the end of the road for many of India’s most marginalised people. Forced to flee from the poverty and discrimination that plague them in their home villages, people from vastly different backgrounds often live without clean drinking water, proper waste disposal, or employment opportunities. With support from Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe, a local organisation called the Programme for Social Action is helping people in Delhi’s slums find common ground so they can live together more peacefully. The group is using  a £3.500 Greengrant to bring local people together to talk about the issues and brainstorm ways to stop conflicts before they ignite. It will also lead a community-level campaign to address water, sanitation, and employment issues through theatre and song, and will organize a press conference to raise public awareness about the problems.

For more examples of the kinds of grants we give, click here

Get Involved

Your gift to Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe helps local leaders around the world create lasting, sustainable change for our planet and its people. Thank you!

Donate online here

Please make your cheque payable to Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe and post it, and a signed Gift Aid Declaration form if eligible, to the address below. For every £1 donation, the UK government will contribute 25p. So taking just a few more seconds to fill out and post the Gift Aid declaration form will increase the value of your gift by 25 per cent!

Anyone with a charity account with CAF, Charity Bank, or a similar institution can give online from their account, or by sending a voucher or cheque to:

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe (charity number 1151527)
Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT United Kingdom
Direct: 0044 (0)20 70650927

Click here to contact us with questions.

 

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe Trustees

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Stephen Pittam, Chair, was the Trust Secretary of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (a progressive UK based endowed foundation) from 2001-2012. He joined JRCT in 1986 and during his progression to the senior position was responsible for the foundation’s programmes on racial justice, democracy, human rights and corporate accountability in the UK, and on peacebuilding in Ireland.  Stephen is a member of the working group on Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace and he serves on the board of the Global Fund for Community Foundations.   In the UK he is a Trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation, and he sits on the steering committee of the Environmental Funders Network.  Locally, Stephen chairs the York Travellers’ Trust (working with Gypsies & Travellers) and the York Human Rights City Network and he is on the advisory committee of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at York University.
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China Brotsky, Vice Chair, is the Director of Operations and Finance at SumOfUS, a global corporate accountability campaign organization. China spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director. She is a serial entrepreneur and founded online donation provider Groundspring.org (now Network for Good), the Thoreau Centers for Sustainability in NY and SF and a bi-national peer-learning network, The Nonprofit Centers Network. China has a deep personal commitment to environmental and social justice, as well as corporate accountability. She also uses her skills in finance and operations on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Northern California.
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Shannon Lawder is Program Director of the Civil Society program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She oversees Mott’s Civil Society program, with an annual budget of more than $18 million, and offices in the United States, London, and Johannesburg. Since joining the foundation in 1995, Shannon has served as a program officer, focusing on Russia and Ukraine, and as the Regional Director for the foundation’s work in CEE/Russia. Prior to joining the Mott Foundation, Shannon was International Program Director at the Olga Havel Foundation in Prague, Czech Republic, where she coordinated international assistance programs to help people with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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Teresa Odendahl, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of Global Greengrants Fund and a Trustee of Global Greengrants Fund UK/Europe. Terry has spent more than 30 years working to bridge the gap between our natural and human worlds. Prior to joining Global Greengrants in 2009, Terry helmed the National Network of Grantmakers for over a decade, and later the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers. She also worked to protect public lands in the western United States, as a program officer at the Wyss Foundation. For Terry’s full bio please see here.


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Catherine Porter is a consultant who works primarily with philanthropic foundations, tapping over 20 years of experience in funder and nonprofit collaboration. She is the Executive Director of the West Marin Fund, a new community foundation in California, and has worked with the California Academy of Sciences, Carpe Diem West’s western water collaborative work, and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity’s Water Funders Exploring Collaboration. A graduate in Cross-Cultural Relations from Michigan State University, Catherine was Executive Director of the U.S. Citizens Network for the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. She currently sits on the boards of the Jenifer Altman Foundation, the Maximo Kalaw Institute in the Philippines, and Unreasonable Women for the Earth. Every year, Catherine travels to India, where for the past 25 years, she’s been Executive Director of Friends of the Ganges/U.S., working to clean the Ganges River in Varanasi, the holy city for Hindus.

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Carolyn Hayman OBE has focused throughout her career on innovation, start-ups and nurturing talent of entrepreneurs. At 26 she left the Ministry of Overseas Development to become the youngest member of the Cabinet Office Think Tank. She then took her knowledge of the emerging field of office automation into consultancy and venture capital as co-founder of the Korda Seed Capital Fund, and Chair of two investee companies. In 1996 she served as CEO of the Foyer Federation, growing its network of projects for homeless young people from 40 to 130 over eight years, and then in 2004 as co-founder and CEO of Peace Direct, where she supported locally led peacebuilding, finding funding and promoting local initiatives in conflict areas. She is now Chair of Preventable Surprises, an organisation working to persuade institutional investors to take action on climate change. She is also a Director of the Network for Social Change, a Trustee of the Margaret Hayman Charitable Trust and an active Quaker.

Stephanie Roth

Stephanie Roth is a French-Swiss environmental campaigner working on environmental, heritage and social issues with a focus on mining and farming. Since September 2014 Stephanie has been managing campaigns for the StopTTIP/CETA self-organised European Citizens Initiative. Previously she coordinated campaigns focusing on farming and land and on mining with a focus on Central Eastern Europe. She is a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize (2005) for her work with the Save Rosia Montana movement in Romania. Roth holds an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University, and previously worked as editor of The Ecologist. Roth currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe Staff


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Justine Reed is the Executive Director of Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe, based in London. Justine has worked on diverse issues from health to domestic violence and is committed to combining her love of the environment with her dedication to the people that live in it. Please see Justine’s full bio here.

Eva Rehse

Eva Rehse is the Director of Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe, based in London. With a background in human rights, civil society development and social action, Eva brings over a decade of experience in project management and resource mobilisation. Most recently Eva worked for Amnesty International in its global headquarters as International Projects Advisor. Previously as Project Manager of the CIVICUS World Assemblies and the CIVICUS Intelligent Funder project in Scotland and Canada, Eva worked with global civil society organisations from the grassroots level to large international NGOs and foundations. Eva developed her interest and passion for environmental protection as Administrator of the Scottish Biodiversity Forum where she was part of creating Scotland’s first biodiversity strategy. A German national, Eva has an Master’s from Bonn University in Political Science and Sociology.


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Henriette Krarup joins Global Greengrants Fund UK as Partnership Development Associate. Henriette is a Danish national, who has worked in a number of development roles in the UK, particularly in the arts sector, and most recently for The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust focusing on avoidable blindness and youth leadership. Henriette is currently halfway through an MSc in International Development, and spends most of her free time running after of her two young sons.

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Mathew van Lierop is a contractor, working with Global Greengrants UK as the Finance Director. Mathew spent the first 30 years of his life in South Africa where he completed his university education including two Masters Degrees (Msc) in Conservation Biology and Applied Ethics (MA). Now based in London, Mathew has spent his working career in Finance and Operational roles in a variety of different charities located in both the Global North and South and has a keen interest in engaging with grass roots organisations in a constructive and sustainable way. His role within Global Greengrants is to support the development of the London office where he is the Finance Director as well as the Company Secretary.  Mathew lives near the wonderful green space of Hampstead Heath, has 3 children, a ceramics studio in his garage and maintains his sanity with regular yoga practice.