Fund Black-led organisations to levels representing the need of our service users | Common Call14 Apr
According to the most recent Pay and Equalities report released by ACEVO, Black African, Black Caribbean, and Black British people make up 0.3% of the CEOs leading the Charity sector. Though the charity sector is improving in its representation of the "hardest to reach communities", people of Global Majority backgrounds still make up only 7% of the CEOs compared to our 13% representation in the population. The lack of representation is starker in the Black community, where we are not half represented but a 10th, dwindling from 3% to 0.3%.
In 2020, Big Society Capital, the UK's most prominent social investor, released figures that express the six-fold growth of the social investment sector, from £830 million to £5.1 billion in 8 years. Has that growth been reflected in disbursement to communities most in need of direct support? Or is it growth that exclusively benefits the 0.4% of the sector with the connections, awareness, resources and opportunity to build a £1M+ organisation? Why do we say we champion lived experience in leadership but as a sector systemically gatekeeper resources from the people most likely to identify as such?