Racial diversity in the charity sector
ACEVO and Institute of Fundraising (IoF) ask civil society leaders to commit to eight principles to address the diversity deficit in charity leadership.
In a report published today, ACEVO and IoF urge charities to prioritise increasing diversity in their workforces in order to prevent groupthink, generate more income, operate more creatively and attract the best talent. In order to create stronger, more resilient charities the two membership bodies are asking charity leaders, and leaders from wider civil society organisation that want to improve diversity and inclusion, to sign up to eight leadership principles.
As a leader I will:
- Acknowledge that there is a problem with racial diversity in the charity sector and commit to working to change that.
- Recognise the important role leaders have in creating change by modelling positive behaviour and taking action.
- Learn about racial bias and how it impacts leadership decisions.
- Commit to setting permanent and minimum targets for diversity that reflects the participants, donors, beneficiaries and the population of the area that my charity operates in.
- Commit to action and invest resources, where necessary, in order to improve racial diversity in my charity.
- View staff as the sum of many parts rather than a single entity and recruit to build a diverse group of talented people collectively working towards a shared vision.
- Recruit for potential, not perfection.
- Value lived experience, the ability to draw from one’s lived experience and to bring insights to an organisation that can develop its work.
Who has made the commitments?
Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO
Peter Lewis, CEO, Institute of Fundraising
Thomas Lawson, CEO, Leap Confronting Conflict
Baillie Aaron, CEO, Spark Inside
Tesse Akpeki, governance consultant, facilitator and trainer
Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO, NCVO
Sharon Allen, CEO, Skills for Care
Javed Khan, CEO, Barnados
Sarah Hughes, CEO, Centre for Mental Health
Carol Akiwumi, chair and founder, Money4Youth
Jane Dodson, chair, seAp Advocacy
Robin Osterley, CEO, Charity Retail Association
Mark Simms, CEO, P3 the social inclusion charity
Amelia Foster, CEO, SAPHERE
Jonathan Freeman, CEO, CareTech Foundation
Jane Ide, CEO, NAVCA
David Fielding, Managing Partner, Attenti
Richard Boland, CEO, retailTRUST
Shaun Horan, Joint CEO, Halpin Partnership
Beth Upton, CEO, Money Tree Fundraising
Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO, Kidscape
If you would like to make the commitments and be listed here please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the report here.