Racism was a key theme at the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Convention

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising's (IoF) Convention 2020 saw thousands of fundraisers getting together over Zoom for the first time.

“It will only be when individuals and organisations recognise their power and the privilege they have, that we can actually start to dismantle the structures in place and look to shift that power.”

There were a lot of big subjects to discuss, starting with the huge impact that the Covid crisis will have on fundraising, giving and charities. But the topic that took centre stage, perhaps even more than the crisis, was racism and diversity both in fundraising and in the wider charity sector.

Although in different ways, both funders and fundraisers have a lot of power when it comes to making sure minority communities are properly represented and supported – especially during a crisis which is impacting them massively. And, as they say, with great power comes great responsibility.

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