Top 10 blogs of 2020

In 2020 we published over 130 blogs, not only written by the ACEVO team but also by our members, partners and fellow leadership enthusiasts and key players in the social sector. As we know that it can be difficult to keep up with so much content, here you will find a list of the 10 most popular blogs this year – content that you definitely don’t want to miss!

A narrated version of the blog is available at the bottom of the page

1. Stress as a charity CEO: what I learnt from stopping (link)

Rosie Ferguson, CEO of House of St Barnabas and ACEVO’s chair, shares what she has learnt from dealing with stress.

As charity chief executives, we must do our best to recognise and manage our own wellbeing; we have a responsibility to look after ourselves and sometimes that means we just have to stop.

Rosie Ferguson

2. 10 things you can do to tell better stories in the 2020s (link)

Kirsty McNeill, executive director for policy, advocacy and campaigns at Save the Children UK, looks ahead and shares what she thinks the strategic communications environment looks like for the next decade.

In the coming decade, we could determine, once and for all, that it is intolerable that anybody anywhere will die simply because they are too poor to stay alive.

Kirsty Mcneill

3. What are the barriers to increased racial diversity within the third sector? (link)

Anika Mohideen, postgraduate researcher at University College London, shares her insights from her research into the current barriers to racial diversity in the UK charity sector.

Leadership needs to genuinely acknowledge that institutional racism is embedded within the daily practices, programs, services, work culture, hiring, and promotions of third sector organisations.

Anika Mohideen

4. Let’s build back better (link)

“Come and talk to us about how we build on the amazing strengths of the sector and address the weaknesses and the challenges,” asks ACEVO CEO Vicky Browning.

Wouldn’t it be something if in the future the government pointed at the voluntary sector and told businesses they need to be more like us?

Vicky Browning

5. Hate and misinformation threaten us all, but charities can be part of the solution (link)

Richard Wilson, director of Stop Funding Hate, writes about the importance of joining the Conscious Advertising Network.

As a sector which works for social change, we know that systemic problems often require collective action. Charities can do their part by joining the Conscious Advertising Network, and encouraging their corporate partners to do the same. 

Richard Wilson

6. Pay and Equalities Survey 2020: the key findings (link)

This year’s survey was completed by 476 respondents, slightly lower than in previous years. The data covers charity leaders from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and includes data from leaders at charities of all sizes. This blog outlines some of the headline findings from the report.

7. Providing a greater focus on inclusion and equity (link)

ACEVO CEO Vicky Browning writes about the Home Truths report.

While the push for diversity remains crucial, there is also work to do to examine and enhance conditions inside the charity sector for BAME (and all) people and to reaffirm why diversity should matter in the charity sector in the first place. We must provide a greater focus on inclusion and equity. 

Vicky Browning

8. To undo racism and deliver racial justice in the charity sector we need culture change (link)

Dr Sanjiv Lingayah, lead author of Home Truths, highlights three areas where we as a charity sector need to grow if we are to make a decisive switch from discussing DEI to delivering it.

If we take a look at the world in these tumultuous times, we need the charities and charity leaders to hear – to really hear – the home truths about the sector. 

Dr Sanjiv Lingayah

9. Seven types of rest (link)

Julia Richards, Enhance One learning and development consultant and medical herbalist, asks: are you resting effectively?

10. Leading with the benefit of hindsight (link)

What sort of leadership is needed when all you can see is uncertainty and risk? Kate Collins, CEO of Teenage Cancer Trust, shares her experience.

The challenges of coronavirus to all of us, our people, our organisations and our communities are wide-ranging – but we are all facing them. Let’s support each other as a community of leaders.

Kate Collins
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