Making Diversity Count is a response to an evident lack of equality, diversity and inclusion in the charity sector.
The final report from the Making Diversity Count project, Home Truths, was launched on 17 June 2020. Download it here.
There appears to be a growing interest in change in the charity sector, including the pledge on racial diversity from ACEVO and the Institute of Fundraising and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion working group initiated by the Association of Charitable Foundations. This joint project from ACEVO and Voice4Change England aimed to add to this momentum. In particular, Making Diversity Count aimed to accelerate progress – in part by starting its work from a new vantage point.
The funding for our partnership ends with the publication of the Home Truths report but Voice4Change and ACEVO plan to continue to work together to make the recommendations in this report a reality. We will do whatever we can to push forward this work but further funding will be required for large-scale action, especially to support the involvement of Voice4Change England and other BAME-led charities which are under-funded compared to ‘mainstream’ charities.
The project was organised in three parts; the first a review of existing research on diversity in the charity sector, the second part asked BAME charity workers to share their experiences and views through an online survey and a small number of in-depth interviews. The third part was an exploration of how change can be generated. This included working with charity leaders and system shapers like funders, recruiters and regulators, to understand why progress is slow despite there being a well-researched and well-publicised case for prioritising diversity.
We wanted to centre BAME voices and experiences and make them heard as a matter of principle and because BAME people who know the charity sector are uniquely well-placed to shape a more positive future. We also heard perspectives from senior leaders and charity chief executives to understand their ways of thinking about and efforts to advance issues of race equality, diversity and inclusion.
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