Shining a Bright Light

The Social Mobility Commission's new State of the Nation 2018/19 report could act as a report card for the UK trust and foundation movement. Social mobility has stagnated over the past 4 years "at virtually all stages from birth to work": "Being born privileged in Britain means that you are likely to remain privileged. Being... Continue Reading →

Foundation Leader’s Reading Lists – No 1: Leadership

Foundation leaders may not have much time for self-reflection and self-development during normal working hours.  And, as far as I know, there is currently no professional development programme specifically for foundation directors/CEOs or chairs.  So it's likely to be up to us to organise our own development.  And a good place to start is with... Continue Reading →

Put A Number To It

One of the things that prevents meaningful action on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is to treat it as just a theoretical concept.  For as long as it remains just a principle, something to be discussed and debated, or something to be avoided as difficult, or something which can only be done by experts, little... Continue Reading →

The Company We Keep

Membership organisations and trade bodies in the voluntary sector have a problem when it comes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) – some more than others.   The Institute of Fundraising (@IoFTweets) seems to be leading the field currently (interestingly, an organisation which is 50% core funded by individual rather than organisational subscriptions) Other bodies... Continue Reading →

Trusts and foundations have a diversity deficit. Is it time for regulation to fix it?

As a member of the Association of Charitable Foundation's working group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (part of ACF's Stronger Foundations programme[1]) I was invited by ACF to write a "provocation" on the topic.  I am no longer a member of the working group. This is what I wrote: As recent reports show[2], most trusts... Continue Reading →

Magic Wand Not Required

To increase diversity in the governance and management of trusts and foundations there are many actions that we as individuals, organisations and networks can take.  Some of them require significant investment of time and/or money – but most of them just require the will of individuals to invest their own time – and share or... Continue Reading →

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