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) http://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/championing-fundraising/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/ 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 →

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 →

What’s the point of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

In my view there are 4 primary reasons for - and benefits from - making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion real in the governance, operations, investment and grantmaking of trusts and foundations: It creates an improved understanding of needs within, and the capabilities of, target communities – particularly if people with lived experience are included (KNOWLEDGE);... Continue Reading →

Mistaking the Word for the Deed

I wrote the following article for the July 2018 edition of the Association of Charitable Foundations' magazine - Trust and Foundation News.  It's a follow-up article to the piece on Diversity that I wrote for the July 2016 edition which can be found here https://newreciprocity.com/2018/04/08/postcard-from-the-comfort-zone/ This new article reflects on what has - and has... Continue Reading →


There is now talk of voluntary sector leaders, membership associations and infrastructure bodies coming together to tackle the diversity deficit in the voluntary sector.  That's a good start.  Here are some questions for them: (1)  What is your collective definition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? (2)  What’s your collective “theory of change” that takes account... Continue Reading →

Identity is not the cause

There is currently some criticism of the politics of identity - particularly the allegation that the urban/metropolitan political elite (and also aspects of the media) is obsessed with it – and this is contributing to a turning away from mainstream parties and politics by "ordinary" people.  For some, the focus should instead be on commonality... Continue Reading →

Inertia – a timeline

Outlined below is a non-thorough but fairly representative sample of the reports I happen to remember from the last 20+ years in which the same issue has been repeatedly identified – the lack of representative Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the voluntary and community sector in the UK. I could have gone back even further... Continue Reading →

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