The fundraising profession is less diverse than the charity sector as a whole, and less diverse than UK society. That’s why we are today launching a benchmarking surveyfor all fundraising organisations so we can establish a baseline, gain insight, and be able to measure change – it’s your chance to be involved and help us make change happen.
Throughout the profession there is under-representation of BAME, LGBT+ and disabled people and men, with unequal progression for women fundraisers.
We know these statements to be true because our research with our individual members back in 2013 told us so. And since then it doesn’t feel like very much has changed.
Which is why, this week, we have launched the #ChangeCollective – a movement to embrace equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across our sector and make fundraising a profession where everyone is the right fit.
The journey to an inclusive profession won’t be a quick or easy one – the expert advisory panel advising us on this has made that very clear – but it’s a journey we at the Institute are committed to, and we know that you – our members and partners – are committed to it too.
Yesterday we published our Manifesto for Change, our blueprint for developing our long-term EDI strategy. One of the first commitments in that Manifesto is to set a benchmark of the current make-up of the fundraising profession so that we can track progress, better understand the barriers that exist in our profession, and work out what we, and our members, can do to work towards a more inclusive and diverse fundraising community.
And we need your help to do this.
We need to hear from you to make change happen – help us get the insight we need by completing this survey.
This is for all fundraising charities – so whether you’re the director of one of the largest fundraising teams or a fundraiser in a small local charity, we encourage you to complete the survey (you can skip any questions that aren’t relevant to you!)
With all the information to-hand the survey should take around 20 minutes. 20 minutes of your time to contribute to an incredibly important piece of work for the fundraising profession as a whole.
The survey will remain open until 18th January 2019. If you have any questions about the survey and research, please contact [email protected]
Thank you for your vital support in advance.