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My thoughts on a white, male diversity manager

My thoughts on a white, male diversity manager

I have lived experience of some of the protected characteristics other than race. I know that diversity is not all about race and that true inclusion is, and should be, much wider than that conversation. But having laid all that out I still can’t help but wonder about the message being sent that what we need to drive the diversity agenda is another white male.

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Charity leadership in the age of populism

Charity leadership in the age of populism

Whether we work in human rights, poverty alleviation, climate change, refugee support, humanitarian relief, we all know that it’s those people already living precarious existences or already facing discrimination who will suffer most from the policies implemented by the Trumps and Bolsanaros of this world.

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Three challenges every charity faces

Three challenges every charity faces

Big ones. Small ones. Local ones. International ones. Health, community, aid & arts ones. Ones with loads of Boards, and ones with no paid staff. In all my experiences of working with charities of all shapes & sizes – from MSF to SSF – there are three challenges I’ve come across that each of them faces in one way or another…

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9 top tips on making Facebook ads work for fundraising

9 top tips on making Facebook ads work for fundraising

I started using Facebook advertising nearly three years ago and we now recruit over 10,000 new regular giving donors a year at a positive ROI, plus many more event participants, legacy pledgers and other supporters. So here’s some top tips that apply whatever your budget or cause.

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Case study: How I turned £10k into £110k and what you can learn from it

Case study: How I turned £10k into £110k and what you can learn from it

One of my proudest moments as a fundraiser is a partnership I account managed with a large house-building company. They had made a £10,000 donation and chosen my charity as one of six partners. 18-months later they had raised nearly £200,000 and made a £113,000 donation towards a strategic partnership.

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What I’ve Learned about being a Female Leader

What I’ve Learned about being a Female Leader

In the early years of my career I wore navy pinstriped trouser suits to my job working in a City law firm, worrying a lot about whether I fitted in. The rules have changed now, and so have I. I’ve always loved colourful clothes, bold prints and dresses and high heels. That’s just who I am. If it makes you feel confident and comfortable, wear it.

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Inclusion in the charity sector: why do we need it?

Inclusion in the charity sector: why do we need it?

We are the charity sector. Surely our values and principles are sound, and we can sleep tight at night. Well, the sector may think its values and principles are sound, but what about its behaviour?

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Becoming Bombproof

Becoming Bombproof

By Anj Handa You’re bombproof. Like one of those police horses trained not to flinch. This was a comment made recently by someone I’ve worked with. It’s true that I’m… Read more

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List of charity speakers ‘who are not white and male’ published

List of charity speakers ‘who are not white and male’ published

First published: 10 Apr 2018 Mandy Johnson, the chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition, has published a list of non-male charity sector conference speakers. Johnson drew up her initial… Read more

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Why am I doing this?

Why am I doing this?

A little while ago I made the difficult decision to step down from the Committee of Charity Women. Charity Women is a brilliant group of people who are trying to address… Read more

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