Report reveals 9% of Fundraisers are from a BAME background

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The Institute of Fundraising has released a report which has revealed that just nine per cent of fundraisers are from an ethnic minority background.

According to a report by the Institute of Fundraising (IoF), nine per cent of fundraisers is BAME while only three per cent have a disability.

The research by the IoF is based on survey data provided by over 400 fundraising charities of different sizes.

They look at the make-up of fundraising teams and the organisational practices that might be holding fundraisers back or succeeding in reducing the barriers.

It revealed that nine per cent of fundraisers belong to a BAME group and 91% are white. This is a figure that is lower than the government estimate that 13% of the UK population are BAME.

The figures depend on the location. For London-based charities, 11% of their fundraisers were from an ethnic minority background, however, this compares to a 40.2% BAME population in London.

The highest proportions of BAME fundraisers are in the West Midlands and the North West, at 13% and 12% respectively. It is just two per cent in the South West and Scotland.

The report also revealed that three per cent of the fundraisers questioned had said that they had a disability.

This figure compares the 2012 UK Civil Society Almanac, which found that 18% of the charity sector workforce had a disability, compared to 14% in the private sector.

This suggests that people who consider themselves to have a disability may be significantly under-represented within the fundraising profession compared to the wider charity sector and UK workforce.

The IoF report also revealed:

  • 4% of fundraisers identify as LGBT+
  • 76% of fundraisers are women
  • But on average in total, men earn 10.8% more than women
  • 57% of fundraisers are aged 25-39 while 24% are 40-54, and 9% are 55-69

Regarding organisational practices, the survey found that:

  • 60% of charities have EDI as a stated value, priority or strategic objective
  •  70% have an EDI policy in place
  • 35% require staff to do EDI training
  • 39% have someone responsible for EDI
  • 13% of charities had targets in place

Twenty-one per cent of charities included socio-economic background in the EDI, while 97% offer part-time or flexible working.

However, 19% of the charities that responded to the survey had none of these policies in place. No charity had all the policies.

The research also looked at how charities recruited their fundraising teams, and whether those with EDI policies take positive action.

These findings will help identify what the IoF can do to work towards a more inclusive and diverse fundraising community.

Sufina Ahmed, Chair of the IoF’s Expert Advisory Panel on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, explained:

“To have in one place equality, diversity and inclusion data on 6,912 fundraisers from across the UK is an incredible achievement.”

“It gives us much-needed clarity on the make-up of the fundraising profession, which will help us better target the work of the Change Collective.

“Our movement to ensure the fundraising profession is more equal, diverse and inclusive and a profession where everyone is the right fit.”

The Chief Executive of the IoF, Peter Lewis, added:

“The report shines a strong light on the current under-representation of BAME and disabled fundraisers in the profession, as well as on the fact that although women comprise over 75% of the fundraising workforce, this is not reflected proportionately at the most senior levels.

“It also shows that although many charities are beginning to address equality, diversity and inclusion as an issue, many are still unable to report accurately on the make-up of their teams, over 30% do not have an EDI policy in place at all and 21% still have unpaid interns.

“The report also gives us as the Institute, and the fundraising community more widely, a clear view of the opportunity to bring a much wider diversity of talent into the profession, to help us inspire even more supporters to give to causes they care about.”