DEI learning series: strategy and governance

Join us for an interactive session that will explore what a holistic approach to equity looks like in a philanthropic setting and raise key inquiries for participants to explore in their own contexts. This session is designed for senior leaders and foundation trustees.

The session will begin by identifying and understanding the unique role and power afforded to grant-makers within the wider ecosystem and ask how that power can be used responsibly, intentionally and in alignment with the wider goals of change. Using different typologies of power, we will examine the difference between shifting power and stepping out of responsibility, of centering oneself vs centering the work and learn approaches through which to discern and apply power with intent and integrity. 

From there, we will explore the origins of charitable governance structures for different types of foundations (including family foundations) and the legal and regulatory boundaries within which executives and trustees are held. We will revisit widely recognised and respected governance models developed for the voluntary and community sector and explore possibilities for broadening equity through the governance function in your organisation. This will include approaches to and practices around holding risk, particularly when this is associated with shifts in funding practice (for instance, funding non-constituted groups).

Finally, we will look at what embedding equity holistically means for an organisational strategy. Common pitfalls include equity only being applied to compliance, recruitment and HR functions but not other areas of the organisation such as strategy, governance and culture. This typically creates a setting in which different organisational priorities are set up to compete with each other. We will explore together what a more holistic approach to strategy might look like.

In this interactive learning session, you will:

  • Learn about key terms, concepts and current discourse related to equitable strategy and governance 
  • Hear from an expert in power and equity about key challenges, pitfalls and opportunities faced by current foundation boards and leadership teams
  • Have an opportunity to connect with peers interested in creating an holistic approach to equity
  • Formulate actionable and pragmatic steps to apply some of these ideas in your context 
  • Identify allies and leverage points in your sphere of influence
  • Gain access to further learning resources

Speaker/presenter: inchange

Date: 8 February 2024

Time: 2pm - 5pm

This event will be held online. Zoom joining instructions will be sent 48 hours before the event.

Price for ACF members: £60

Price for non-members: £150 - non-members are welcome to attend this event if they meet the criteria for ACF membership.

If you would like to discuss access requirements, please contact [email protected]