The Ask Direct Fundraising Summer School

Karen Ingala Smith

Karen Ingala Smith

Karen Ingala Smith is Chief Executive of nia, an East London based charity providing services for women, girls and children who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.

Under Karen’s leadership, nia has maintained an undaunted feminist commitment to ending male violence. During an unfavourable economic climate, Karen has built upon nia’s reputation for innovative and creative ways of responding to the needs of the women and children it serves and become a highly regarded organisation championing an integrated approach to addressing all forms of male violence.

Karen is co-creator of The Femicide Census with Women’s Aid (England), supported by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Deloitte LLP. The census is a ground breaking project enabling the monitoring and analysis of men’s fatal male violence against women, providing valuable data with the aim of contributing to the reduction of the number of women killed by men. She has also been recording and commemorating UK women killed by men since January 2012 in a campaign called Counting Dead Women.

With over 26 years’ experience in the women’s sector which encompasses frontline delivery, and operational and strategic management, she is a leader in feminist-informed service provision. Karen is a doctoral candidate on men’s fatal violence against women. She blogs (less frequently since starting her PhD) at

Karen can be found on twitter at @K_IngalaSmith and @CountDeadWomen

Session Description: The Horns of a Dilemma

How do you stay true to your values, deliver what your clients tell you they need and want - and stay viable and maintain positive relationships with funders and commissioners?

Karen is CEO of nia, a feminist organisation delivering services to women who have experienced male violence. She will talk about delivering - and raising funding for - woman centred services while pushing for social change. How do you decide between the compromises and the red lines?