Improving the lives of women and girls
We shine a light on organisations supported by the Coutts Foundation and speak to some of the inspirational women who run them.
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For example, in 2017 the Office for National Statistics reported that women are experiencing poverty at an increasingly higher rate than men. Moreover, KPMG’s latest annual Living Wage Report showed that in 2017 women made up nearly two-thirds of the 5.5 million workers earning less than a real Living Wage.
Improving the lives of women and girls forms the focus of a number of philanthropists interviewed in the Coutts Million Pound Donors Report and the Million Dollar Donors Report – including Shalni Arora, Jacki Zehner, and Peter and Jennifer Buffett. It is also a key area for the Coutts Foundation, supported by Coutts.
Coutts Foundation’s focus on women and girls
Established in 2013, the mission of the Coutts Foundation is to tackle the causes and consequences of poverty in the communities where Coutts has a presence. Drawing on the inspiration and work of Angela Burdett-Coutts, it focuses most of its resources on tackling multiple disadvantages faced by many women and girls.
The foundation has 15 organisations in its grants portfolio focused on women and girls that address issues such as:
- sexual exploitation
- low pay
- mental health
Some of the charities focus on the needs of specific demographic groups. For example, Bawso in Cardiff and The Angelou Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne focus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Meanwhile, Working Chance helps women with criminal convictions progress into paid employment.
The foundation also supports a number of multi-purpose women’s centres, including WomenCentre in Yorkshire and the Nelson Trust centres in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. These are safe places where women can seek support on a range of issues such as housing, substance misuse or employment.
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The philanthropy of Angela Burdett-Coutts
Coutts Charitable Foundation is a registered charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales (registration number: 1150784) and a company limited by guarantee (number: 8395296) Registered office 440 Strand, London WC2R 0QS. To read more about the Coutts Foundation’s pro-active approach to philanthropy go to www.coutts.com/foundation. The Coutts Foundation is an accredited Living Wage Friendly Funder.
Disclaimer: Organisations discussed are not endorsed by Coutts and this information does not constitute a recommendation for funding or investment. Risks associated with supporting or investing in organisations referenced remain the donor's own responsibility.
The Coutts Foundation is inspired by the legacy of pioneering philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts. With a mission to tackle the causes and consequences of poverty, it focuses on supporting organisations that benefit women and girls facing multiple disadvantages. We shine a light on some of the female leaders behind these organisations who are making a lasting difference to people’s lives.
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