IoF publishes diversity recruitment guides

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising (Iof) has published a series of recruitment guides to encourage diversity and equality in the charity sector.

The guides aim to encourage recruitment based on “culture add” rather than “culture fit” as part of promoting an inclusive profession.

The move comes amid a long running campaign by the group #CharitySoWhite to address institutional racism in the charity sector.

This has included raising concerns over the payment of grant assessors with “lived in experience in marginalised communities” by the National Emergencies Trust. The NET has since confirmed that the role will be paid, not voluntary

The IoF guides also take into account advice on recruitment amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each guide has been produced with recruitment agencies, diversity experts and fundraisers.

Martha Awojobi, #CharitySoWhite organiser and former corporate partnerships senior executive at Refuge, said: “I have always loved being a fundraiser, we inspire people to invest in social change and be part of a collective solutions to some of the most complex social issues of our time.

“We shouldn’t be afraid to speak about our past failures when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion. In fact, we should be the ones showing other sectors truly inclusivity looks like. All it takes is honesty, humility and hope.”

The four guides, called Change Collective Recruitment Guides, cover hiring managers, recruitment among small charities, support for job seekers and help for recruitment agencies.

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