Make Way And Shift The Power

As talk and activity around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion increases in the charity/not for profit sector - we need key indicators, targets and timescales to measure change and hold ourselves and each other to account. The Institute of Fundraising's Manifesto for Change/Change Collective Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is a good example of how it... Continue Reading →

A Broken Record

I remain puzzled about which particular gallery the Chair of the Charity Commission is playing to - or what undeclared agenda she has - in her repeated attacks on registered charities. But maybe there are some clues.  She apparently worked for the Conservative party from 1991 to 2001, tried to become a Tory MP in... Continue Reading →

Foundation Leader’s Reading Lists – No 2: Modernising Foundation Philanthropy

Institutional philanthropy (specifically trusts and foundations) has been the subject of significant criticism (though that’s not the same thing as effective scrutiny – which remains lacking) over the past 12 months.  Hoarding power, disregarding equity, degrading the environment, perpetuating inequality, lacking insight, amassing wealth, obsessed with process – are just some of the charges being... Continue Reading →

The Gathering Storm

Below is a 16 point personal action plan that I wrote shortly before Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.  Given what’s currently happening in the UK it seemed appropriate to revisit the action plan to see what I’d now change.  The answer is – only two things.  2½ years ago I thought it was enough to... Continue Reading →

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 →

Custodians of Foundation Values

Along with Melanie Griffiths (Director of Cloudesley) and Fozia Irfan (CEO of Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation) I co-facilitated a session on Trust and Foundation Values at the 2018 annual conference of the Association of Charitable Foundations. We wrote the following article to capture and share some of the issues that the session raised -... Continue Reading →

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