Choice 1 – Webinar stream: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversifying our board: our journey and learning
Sarah Benioff, Director, Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving
Allyson Davies, Independent Consultant
Manny Wiafe, Trustee, Cripplegate Foundation
As a 500 year-old, place-based funder, Cripplegate Foundation had been talking about diversifying the board for some time, but just hadn’t done it. They embarked on the process just after the pandemic struck, and through a range of methods, managed to recruit eight (yes 8!) extraordinarily diverse local people to join their board as governors/trustees and advisors. The session covered their approach and the many lessons learned along the way. The session included an overview of why they embarked upon this now, how they generated interest across the local community and attracted a wide range of local people – the majority of whom had never been trustees before – and how they ran an inclusive and engaging process entirely by Zoom.
What charities really think (of you) – what needs to change
Aanchal Clare, Trustee, Peter Minet Trust
Laura Solomons, Trustee, Peter Minet Trust
Aanchal Clare and Laura Solomons (Trustees at the Peter Minet Trust and full-time fundraisers at Versus Arthritis and The Sutton Trust respectively) reveal what charities really think of grant-making practices. They drew on their own experiences fundraising from trusts and foundations, and feedback from those raising funds from charities and causes of all shapes and sizes. The session covered the good, the bad and the turn-the-webcam-off ugly! The session also covered how research into different charity perspectives has helped shape Peter Minet Trust’s new strategy, and what change we feel is still needed in the foundation sector.
Choice 2 – Workshop
International funder response to Covid-19: Challenges and opportunities
Degan Ali, Executive Director, Adeso
Purity Kagwiria, Director, With and For Girls at Purposeful
James Logan, Director of European Office, Fund for Global Human Rights
Eva Rehse, Executive Director, Global Greengrants Fund UK
Klara Skrivankova, Grants Manager, Trust for London
In response to Covid-19, we have generally seen swift, decisive action from domestic trusts and foundations, providing flexible, responsive and coordinated funding across the UK. The international funder response has been slower and challenging, with some notable examples. Some have had to stop funding internationally to focus on Covid-19 response at home. This comes against the context of a shifting landscape for international funding, with dire consequences for civil society. What are the barriers for international funders to respond effectively to Covid-19, and what can we learn from each other for future recovery in this critical moment? This session highlighted good practice examples of international and UK grantmakers, and explored with NGO allies how international funders can respond to the challenges at hand.