15 People in a Room: #NotAnotherBloodyToolkit – updated

There is now a lot of talk by some voluntary sector leaders, membership associations and infrastructure bodies about the need to tackle the diversity deficit in the voluntary sector.  That’s a good start. Here are some questions for them and the others that haven’t started yet: (1)  How are you going to coordinate, collaborate and combine your various initiatives to reduce waste, maximise resources and … Continue reading 15 People in a Room: #NotAnotherBloodyToolkit – updated

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 might look http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/library/change-strategy/ For the Trust and Foundation sector we … Continue reading Make Way And Shift The Power

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 laid against trusts and foundations in the UK.  In the … Continue reading Foundation Leader’s Reading Lists – No 2: Modernising Foundation Philanthropy

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 born disadvantaged, however, means that you will have to overcome … Continue reading Shining a Bright Light

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 the topic of leadership in the social/voluntary/not-for-profit sector. This is … Continue reading Foundation Leader’s Reading Lists – No 1: Leadership