Charitable trusts challenged on holding grantees to higher diversity standards

Charitable trusts have been challenged on whether they hold grantees to higher standards on ethnic diversity than they do themselves. At Fundraising Live yesterday, financial education charity Money4YOU’s chief executive AmickyCarol Akiwumi asked representatives from City Bridge Trust and National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) why they “feel comfortable holding their grantees to higher expectations”. NLCF deputy director Mark Purvis had said his organisation was looking at funding charities led by Black and Asian people. But, chairing the panel discussion, Akiwumi said: “Both of your leadership teams are 100% white. I’m just wondering, who’s making the decision? “So yes, it’s great that you have all of these plans. But if plans for your service users who are quite diverse have been made by people who don’t reflect them, how exactly is that congruent and what are you doing about it?” See more here.