WM Funders Network (WMFN) is the leading membership association for charitable trusts, foundations, other charitable funders and individuals interested in funding the West Midlands voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
Our mission is:
“To provide a support network for funders in the West Midlands, helping them to work more effectively and increase their impact on people and communities.”
The West Midlands region includes:
Our members range from large national trusts that give grants in the region to locally-based grant givers, social investors and individuals.
We aim to:
WMFN is managed strategically by a Board of Trustees, the members of which are elected at the AGM and can be co-opted during the year. Co-ordination and administration is handled by our Secretary. If you are interested you will need to become a member. To find out more please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustees 2021 (pictured at end of page): Pauline Roche, RnR Organisation (Individual member) (Chair); Lee Jagger, Charity Bank (Vice Chair); Peter Hardisty, Harborne Parish Lands Charity (Treasurer); Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need; Debbie Pippard, Barrow Cadbury Trust; Tina Costello, Heart of England Community Foundation, Yvonne Gilligan, Edwards Trust, Austin Rodriguez, Solihull MBC and Stuart Ashmore, Sandwell Council for Voluntary Organisations.
The organisation is funded by its membership subscription and additional grants given by specific members.
We were delighted to welcome Judy Dyke, Robert King and David Owen as our Ambassadors. They hep us to raise the profile of WMFN and gain new members and supporters.
Judy Dyke is Partner in charge of the Private Client Department at Tyndallwoods. Recently, Judy was one of six finalists in the Solicitor of the Year sector of the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards and is a winner of the Birmingham Law Society Legal Pro Bono Award.
Judy is an enthusiastic charity worker. She is Patron of Edward’s Trust Supporting children and families who are facing loss and surviving bereavement. She also serves as Patron of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. Judy was nominated for the NatWest Venus Recognising Women in Business Awards and won the Greater Birmingham Region Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 Judy received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours. She was recognised for her work with charities and community in the Birmingham region.
Retired career banker specialising in corporate finance. Robert has been involved in the charity world for over 40 years and was Secretary of the Harry Payne Trust for approaching 35 years until late 2014 when the administration was taken over by the Heart of England Community Foundation. Robert is an active Rotarian and a Parish Councillor for the village where he lives in Northamptonshire. He is treasurer of the Liberal Synagogue in Leicester. He is married with 2 daughters and six grandchildren.
Dr David Owen has been a longstanding member and Trustee of WMFN since June 2017 when we became a registered charity, and was a committee member for many years before that when we were unincorporated.
David was President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in 1980-81 and awarded an Hon. DSc at Aston University in 1988 and served as a member of the Aston University Council from 1980 to 2002. He chaired the committee of the Aston Triangle [arts centre] which was among the first to talk about gay and lesbian culture.
In the 1997 New Year’s honours David was awarded an OBE for services to the community in the West Midlands.
David has worked for the family firm, Rubery Owen, all his life and was Chairman from 1969-2010. David Owen sold their building for a nominal sum to Walsall Housing Regeneration Agency (WHRA), a local charity who offers numerous projects based in Darlaston and surrounding areas.