Donor-advised funds

(she tailors her funds)

If you want your contribution to support a certain aspect of our work or region, let’s talk about establishing a donor-advised fund. This is a  personalised way to support Mama Cash in the long term and at a significant level. Private individuals, companies and organisations may create a donor-advised fund. 

Mama Cash welcomes donors and philanthropic advisors to suggest how they would like their donation to be allocated. Mama Cash then uses her strategic networks and regional expertise to grant funds accordingly.

A donor-advised fund is a long-term commitment, and they are subject to conditions. Mama Cash acts as a consultant in deciding the frequency and size of the donations so that they meet the fund’s needs and goals.

For more information, please contact Hadewych Lammers at + 31 (0)20 5158743 or via email at

Here are two examples of donor advised funds:

Anneke van Baalen/De Bonte Was Fund


Founder Marijke Ekelschot
Name Fund Anneke van Baalen/De Bonte Was Fund
Since autumn 2007

independent women’s organisations

in sub-Saharan Africa

Marijke Ekelschot (60) has recently established the Anneke van Baalen/De Bonte Was Fund at Mama Cash. The fund is named for her deceased partner and the feminist press where they both were active. Anneke van Baalen was an important feminist and is one of the women Mama Cash chose for our card series (she changed the world).


“I’ve donated the remaining balance in the account of the press and my own savings to the Anneke van Baalen/De Bonte Was Fund. The money has been earmarked for Africa, a region of the world that I think has maybe received less than its share from Mama Cash.

A fortunate consequence of having established this fund is that by making a yearly gift, my annual tax obligations are substantially reduced. It’s a way of indirectly making sure that more ‘tax revenue’ goes to support women’s rights.

Of course, the fund is also a special way to commemorate Anneke and her work. You can read about Anneke and De Bonte Was at the website It’s an historically-oriented (Dutch) site, but I hope that it also provides inspiration and feminist ideas that are useful in the present.”

Maria Willard Fund


Founder   Marianne Rigter 
Name fund  Maria Willard Fund
Since  2003
For  support to female refugees


Marianne Rigter:

Marianne Rigter

Marianne Rigter

“The fund is named after my grandma, who spent her whole life helping women in need. There was no social security at that time. Her eldest son, my mother’s brother, left an estate which delivers quite a lot of cash every year. I don’t need the money myself so I approached Mama Cash.”

“That’s how the Maria Willard Fund was set up, for aid to refugee women – in the true spirit of my grandmother, uncle and mother. The advantage of a named fund is that you get a say in how the money is spent and still leave the actual work to the professionals.”