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Diversity, equality, inclusion – there’s a long way to go

Floyd Mills and Natalie Ross 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

In 2016, women represented over three-quarters of foundation staff in the US but among the largest grantmakers, fewer than half of foundation CEOs were women. In the same year, racial and ethnic minorities made up only 10 per cent of …

The glass ceiling: cracked but not dismantled  

Bharat Mehta 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

‘The glass ceiling for black achievement in the management of charities and trusts is finally beginning to crack open.’ That’s what Brenda Kirsch wrote in an article for the UK Association of Charitable Foundations’ (ACF) house magazine about my appointment in March 1998 as clerk to …

Foundations have public responsibilities – it’s time to improve their governance 

Sachin Sachdeva 5 September 2017

Most grantmaking organizations in India are registered as trusts and their governance is vested in a small group of people who are either friends or family of the founder. To date, this approach has not been contested. There was an underlying acceptance of the fact …

Indian philanthropy won’t be taken seriously until Dalits have a seat at the table 

Gagan Sethi 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Shouldn’t non-profit boards, registered as public bodies, represent the ‘public’? Shouldn’t they uphold the principle of diversity in board management? We believe they should. When we set up Dalit Foundation, we saw it as important that we didn’t limit support to scheduled castes. We took a broader view of Dalits as those who …

Not by representational diversity alone… 

Jacob John 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

A commitment to diversity that includes race, caste, class, gender and religion is a central part of philanthropic programme effectiveness. With such representational diversity increasingly being used as a reference point, this article suggests that, …

From diversity to representation – a road map for foundations 

Jenny Oppenheimer 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

There are at least two good reasons why foundation boards and senior management should be representative of the communities they serve. First, they will naturally produce a greater variety of viewpoints and a wider range of experience, which arguably improves …

The class ceiling 

Jake Hayman 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Three months ago I had some cursory research done into the educational backgrounds of the chairs of the top UK foundations. Of the 57 people in the sample, seven were educated in normal state schools (non-selective), four in selective grammar schools and the overwhelming majority, 46, were educated in private, fee-paying schools, the most popular of which was …

Last Word: ‘Inclusivity’ includes the disabled, too 

Jo Chopra 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Despite mandatory requirements for disability employment, employment for people with disability in India remains abysmally low according to the National Centre for the Promotion of Employment of Disabled Persons. Of those who are employed, 70 per cent are physically challenged; …

Philanthropy reflects the elites not the streets 

Charles Keidan 5 September 2017

‘Nothing about us without us’ was a slogan coined by disability rights activists to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members of the group(s) affected. Many working in philanthropy would …

Finding the right path: One funder network’s journey toward racial justice

Denise Shannon and Cynthia Steele 22 August 2017 For Subscribers

Almost three years ago, Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE), a network of dozens of large, medium and small foundations, began a journey to place racial justice at the centre of our principles, programmes and practices. …