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Representation in Fundraising

According to a report by the Institute of Fundraising (IoF), Who Isn’t in the Room, fundraising significantly under-represents disabled and BAME communities.

The largest survey of diversity in UK fundraising has found a significant under-representation of disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic fundraisers. According to the report, representation in some areas has worsened over the past five years.

More than 400 fundraising charities provided data relating to 6,912 fundraisers between November and February. The results revealed that only 3 per cent of fundraisers have disabilities, compared with 18 per cent in the wider charity sector workforce, as reported in the 2012 UK Civil Society Almanac.

The new figures show that 9 per cent of fundraisers belong to black, Asian or minority ethnic groups while the remainder are white. The 2011 government census estimated that 13 per cent of the UK population were BAME.

Seventy-six per cent of fundraisers are women, compared with 68 per cent in the charity sector as a whole. But the mean gender pay gap is 11 per cent in favour of men, compared with 8 per cent in the charity sector. The report says the IoF’s figures suggest that women in fundraising are likely to be under-represented in senior roles. The only protected characteristic surveyed to show diverse representation was LGBT+.

Read: Third Sector - Fundraising significantly under-represents disabled and BAME communities, says report