If You’ve Been Involved In Fundraising For Charities Or Community Projects, We’d Like To Hear From You!

If You’ve Been Involved In Fundraising For Charities Or Community Projects, We’d Like To Hear From You!

Recent research has identified that individuals from a Black or minority ethnic (BME) background suffer low entry and progression as professional fundraisers.

Addressing the practical barriers to this is now an important objective of an organisation’s equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. To do this, The Chartered Institute of Fundraisers (IOF) has commissioned Voice for Change England to carry out further research. This study will make recommendations for developing further initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in all levels of the fundraising profession and promote the IOF’s strategic objectives.

The research builds on two earlier related studies carried out in 2013. The first, which was entitled ‘Who’s not in the room?’, examined the general nature and features of diversity in the fundraising profession relevant to the organisation’s strategic ambitions. The second, via a survey by YouGov 2018 and entitled ‘Who’s doing the Asking?’ provided a more detailed examination the likely barriers to entry.

The study is currently being done in conjunction with the University of East London as an independent academic partner and is due to be complete in spring 2021. There are very clear connections between professional fundraising and wider organisational capacity. The study offers however an important opportunity to examine fundraising as a component of a more general pattern of capacity and resourcing not only within the BME community/social enterprise sector but more widely.

Furthermore, in view of the current COVID-19 crisis, discussions among funding bodies and service providers indicate this type of information as potentially useful. The study could directly support future strategic planning, improving the coordination of provision and building capacity within the community/voluntary sector.

The specific aims for this study are to:

a) Better understand the specific barriers to entry and career progression for BAME people into the fundraising profession.

b) Provide recommendations on action and initiatives that can work towards increasing the diversity of the fundraising profession at all levels.

To help us with our research, kindly fill out this survey.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted usual working, please respond to the survey by answering the questions with your experiences before current restrictions and challenges. All survey responses remain anonymous and data is kept confidential in accordance with strict research protocols.

We appreciate your time taken to complete this survey, it will be an important contribution towards actions needed to make the fundraising profession more equal, diverse and inclusive.

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