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Diversity - Diversity

Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in the Benevolent/Grant-Making Sector

Thursday 25 March 2pm - 3:30pm. An online event looking at diversity and inclusion in the charity sector for benevolent / grant-giving charities.

Please register on Eventbrite to attend and receive Zoom access details. 

Our speakers for this event include:

Sufina Ahmad MBE - Director at the John Ellerman Foundation (@SufinaAhmad on Twitter)

Sufina's presentation will be an opportunity to reflect on how to build interest in and support for embedding diversity, equity and principles across all levels of your organisation.

Sufina will offer a short summary of her own reflections on the key diversity, equity and inclusion challenges and opportunities faced by grantmakers and wider civil society – using her own experience of leading the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion expert panel, which eventually became its #ChangeCollective movement, and the work that she has done within the organisations that she has worked in, as the basis for these reflections. This will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer session with attendees.

Sufina is Director of the John Ellerman Foundation, a grantmaker in the arts, environment and social action. She is currently completing an Executive MBA course at Warwick Business School. Before joining the Foundation, Sufina worked in corporate strategy and performance at the City of London Corporation. She has previously worked for the National Lottery Community Fund and City Bridge Trust, in strategy, policy and stakeholder relations roles. Sufina has also held service delivery and development roles working in charities supporting adults with learning disabilities and older people mainly.

Sufina holds trusteeships with Just for Kids Law, We Belong, The Charterhouse and the Association of Charitable Foundations. She previously volunteered with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, as Chair of their Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and is now an honorary Fellow of the Institute. She was awarded an MBE for charitable services in 2020.

The Diversity Trust

The Diversity Trust will cover the importance of diversity and inclusion in the charity and grant-making sector, and what charities can do to make their organisations more inclusive.

They will be exploring topics including:

  • The importance and benefits of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Brief reference to the effects of the pandemic
  • Possible solutions