The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new strategy setting out why change is needed - the business case for equality, diversity and inclusion – and the approach that needs to be taken by the Institute, its members and partners, to ensure that individuals from all backgrounds are not only recruited into the sector but retained and progressed too.
Considering evidence, the IoF and the Board of Trustees identified four key inequalities to be addressed in the strategy:
- Underrepresentation BAME fundraisers
- Underrepresentation of disabled fundraisers
- LGBT+ fundraisers are not always able to be open in the workplace
- Women form the majority of the profession but are not proportionately represented at a senior level.
The strategy takes forward the commitments set out in the Manifesto for Change, identifying 16 initial activities to deliver a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession. Key activities include;
- Commissioning research on the under-representation of BAME fundraisers in the profession, including on the barriers to entry and progression, and research on women in leadership roles.
- Developing an EDI Recruitment Toolkit to help organisations recruit more BAME, disabled and male fundraisers.
- Developing IoF’s approach to Affinity Network and role models for BAME, disabled and LGBT+ fundraisers.
A new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee has been formed by the IoF and will be chaired by IoF Trustee Carol Akiwumi. It will offer oversight from fundraisers with lived experience and policy experts to advise the IoF and evaluate and monitor progress on this agenda.