Missing Out: Understanding the Female Leadership Gap in Fundraising

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We have published new research ‘Missing Out: Understanding the female leadership gap in fundraising’ exploring the experiences and challenges women face in achieving equal representation at senior levels in fundraising. The research was commissioned by the IoF and carried out by Dr. Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, and Dr. Elizabeth J. Dale, Assistant Professor in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University, USA.

It was informed through almost 800 responses to an online survey, focus groups, and case studies, and provides recommendations for charities, fundraisers and the Institute to address barriers that female fundraisers face in their careers.

It is one of the key activities prioritised as part of the Change Collective strategy, the IoF’s campaign to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession. It follows on from the IoF’s previous research in 2019 that found that the majority of senior fundraising roles are held by men, despite the profession being predominantly made up of women.

You can download the report here