Survey: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the fundraising workforce


The fundraising profession is less diverse than the charity sector as a whole, and less diverse than UK society. That’s why we have launched a benchmarking survey for 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.

One of the early commitments in our Manifesto for Change, our blueprint for developing our long-term EDI strategy, is to set a benchmark of the current make-up of the fundraising profession. We want to do this 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.

Even if you can't provide all the data we're hoping for, we still want to hear from you! We want the data that emerges to be as representative as possible of the profession as a whole so every response is important to us.

To fully complete the survey you will need the data on the composition of your fundraising team and knowledge of your organisational practices, so it's probably easiest to complete in collaboration with your HR team or function (if you have one).

You can also use this pdf copy of the survey to enable you to share the survey questions easily with your HR colleague.

 Download PDF version

The survey has now closed. If you have any questions about the survey and research, please contact

Thank you for your vital support in advance.