Walking the talk on diversity: what is holding the charity sector back from putting words into action

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Wyld, Grace
New Philanthropy Capital
Date of publication
3 July 2018
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This research is based on unstructured in-depth interviews with a sample of 24 leaders from the UK charity sector, the majority of whom were current or former CEOs and/or trustee board members. The interviewees were motivated to participate because of their current interest in addressing diversity in the charity sector.

Each interviewee was asked to base their discussion around three issues:

  • their understanding of the concept of diversity
  • the perceived obstacles in practising and achieving diversity within the charity sector
  • focusing particularly on leadership examples of good practice

Discussions were informal with participants given free rein to draw on past experiences and reflect on diversity within their organisation or the sector.

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