Courage in Foundation Leadership

The Association of Charitable Foundations has recently asked its members to give their perspectives on ACF’s chosen themes for its 2022 annual conference.  One of the themes they have chosen is “Courage: foundation leadership in the next decade”. ACF’s call for perspectives on their conference theme: “Across all of society’s institutions, including foundations, new models... Continue Reading →

Ill-Gotten Gains – Redistribution, Restitution, Reparation

In response to the call for racial justice underpinning the Black Lives Matter movement and the response to the murder of George Floyd, some foundations in the UK have begun the process of assessing the origins of their wealth – specifically in relation to profits from the enslavement of African people and from colonialism.  Examples... Continue Reading →

9,000+ White-led Foundations

Redistribution, Restitution, Reparation A .pdf version of this post can be downloaded here. According to the Association of Charitable Foundations there are 10,000 foundations in the UK [i].  Perhaps 20% of those work to benefit specific minority ethnic communities [ii] but many of those foundations are led by white people rather than People of Colour.... Continue Reading →

UK Grantmaking Foundations and Racial Justice – Chief Execs Forum

Why is the forum being created? To try and accelerate the pace of meaningful action towards racial justice within UK grantmaking foundations, including our own. What is the purpose of the forum? To create a safe space for exchanging practical experience, ideas and challenges with regard to our role as leaders in promoting racial justice... Continue Reading →

These Are Exceptional Times – They Need Us to Take Exceptional Measures

A .pdf version of this post is available to download here: These Are Exceptional Times. Most Trusts & Foundations currently formulating their short, medium and longterm responses to Covid-19 will be considering 3 things: their own likely income reduction due to falling investment capital values and returns; a desire to spend as much as they... Continue Reading →

Pulling in the Same Direction

Written by an autistic fundraiser & a neurotypical funder for Autism Awareness Week – before the recent escalation in the Covid-19/coronavirus crisis – this blogpost isn’t about the immediate response to the pandemic.  But it does suggest things we should consider as we develop our first response (eg equity) as well as suggesting how we... Continue Reading →

An Act of Faith

I'm interested to know what theoretical framework (or theory of change) is being applied in all of the talk, and the beginnings of action, on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) currently taking place in the charitable sector. What behavioural, social and systems change theory is being applied?  Which experts in these fields are being consulted?... Continue Reading →

What’s the Point of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? Updated

There are 6 main reasons why we should apply Diversity, Equity and Inclusion principles in everything we do.  But there are many more reasons – personal, organisational and systemic – why we don’t.  The reasons we should are: Fairness and Engagement: Embracing diversity and practising inclusion is part of our commitment to social justice and... Continue Reading →

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