From Civil Society
Funders and umbrella bodies are not acting quickly enough to tackle the impact of the coronavirus crisis on BAME communities, #CharitySoWhite has warned. The organisation published a blog on Friday giving details of its engagements with funding organisations and umbrella bodies.
It says that while funders were generally open to hear from different perspectives, the organisation also encountered “a range of problematic power dynamics, including many who are early on in their journey of understanding structural racism and learning and acknowledging the power they hold”. It says that “actions to date are not matching urgency of the situation”.
According to a survey from social enterprise the Ubele Initiative, which was answered by 137 BAME-led micro and small organisations, 87% of those do not have sufficient reserves to last more than three months, and therefore risk closure. In some cases funders responded by trying to make sure that BAME organisations are aware that funding is available and by supporting them through the application process.
#CharitySoWhite said that this is not enough.
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