Inertia – a timeline: Updated

This is an update of a post from March 2018 – to which I have added further evidence of how the voluntary and community sector in general – and the trust and foundation sector in particular – continues to have a problem with diversity and, in particular, race. Outlined below is a non-thorough but fairly representative sample of the reports I happen to remember from … Continue reading Inertia – a timeline: Updated

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 have recently done some work on this topic – eg … Continue reading The Company We Keep

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 – and to consider how our sector can do more to … Continue reading Custodians of Foundation Values

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 and foundations have a diversity deficit – which is an … Continue reading Trusts and foundations have a diversity deficit. Is it time for regulation to fix it?

“Talent is everywhere: Opportunity isn’t.”

Diversity isn’t just about who you employ or who sits round your board table. It’s also about how you invest your endowment, who does and doesn’t get your grants, where you choose to locate your office, which suppliers you use.  Amongst many reports and toolkits on promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, perhaps two are key in relation to the trust and foundation sector.  Excerpts from … Continue reading “Talent is everywhere: Opportunity isn’t.”

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 give up some of their own power – to make … Continue reading Magic Wand Not Required