Board Diversity Pilot Programme featured in UK Fundraising

27th November, 2019

Clore Leadership, Cause4 and the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme are partnering in a pilot programme that aims to improve the diversity of arts and cultural organisations’ boards, and to support trustees in their new roles. 

The programme, which aims to create the ‘Trustee Board Bank of the Future’, has been made possible through funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Arts Council England.

It will see Cause4 run two training courses in early 2020 covering the key trustee responsibilities, financial obligations and fundraising expectations. They will aim to equip participants with everything they need to know to become an effective charity trustee, and will take place in Birmingham and Leeds, with Cause4 working with local partners to find participants from diverse communities, as well as those with existing fundraising and digital skills.

Alongside this training, Clore Leadership will recruit cultural and creative organisations to deliver two Good Governance events to help charities induct new trustees, are supportive, compliant and build a culture of effective governance. Clore Leadership will issue a call for organisations to be part of this programme in late 2019.

Michelle Wright, Chief Executive and Founder of Cause4 said: 

“Charities need trustees that reflect the diverse communities they represent. In this new initiative with Clore Leadership we are looking to embed change, firstly by only appointing trustees that have been trained in their responsibilities and secondly using Clore’s expertise in supporting charities in good practice in induction and onboarding, meaning that new Trustees are supported into their roles and have a good experience.”

Hilary Carty, Director of Clore Leadership added: 

“Governance in the arts and culture sector is a topic of great importance to us; it’s the main reason why Clore Leadership convened the Cultural Governance Alliance in 2018, and why we’re delighted to be partnering with Cause4, a CGA steering group member, on this Board Matching Pilot. Cause4 understands the need for diversity of experience and thought on the boards of cultural organisations and we are very excited about the changes this pilot will continue to drive in our sector.”

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“We are pleased to support the development of these materials, through Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, to provide a comprehensive bank of knowledge and experience that can be easily accessed by leaders of arts organisations and practitioners, both in the UK and internationally. One of our priorities at the Arts Council is to help arts and cultural organisations become more resilient and sustainable as they explore new revenue streams.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of ACE