A quick look at the details of the candidates that have been provided as the nominations are in – vote for your top charity digital BAME leaders.
We put out the call and you responded in droves! We have received nominations for over 25 impressive individuals working across the sector. The nominations are in - vote for your top charity digital BAME leaders.
Our inspiring candidates work in a range of jobs, serving the charity sector at all levels. They include Volunteers, Comms Officers, Managers, CEOs and feature a couple of Trustees too! Please check them out here. You can vote here.
Working across the charity sector, our nominated candidates have championed digital progress in both large and small charities; with a local project or two in the mix! The scope of charities benefiting from their work includes those associated with health, environmental causes, the arts, and community projects. Some are making an impact abroad as well as at home.
There is great variety in length of service too. Some have served for over twenty years and their exemplary commitment is matched by the energy and dynamism of the younger candidates making and contributing to impressive digital progress.
Currently, the charity sector could be a bit more diverse. Census figures show that 14% of the population is non-white and fewer than 9% of staff across the charity sector are from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds. The number drops down to 5.3% of people in senior leadership teams. Civil society should mirror wider society and the communities that charities seek to serve and we at Charity Digital addressing the issue. We are seeking to recognise and celebrate BAME individuals and highlight their stellar work in digital innovation across the charity sector.
BAME people have reported shocking instances of prejudice, whether unconscious or more deliberate. Many BAME people are working and transforming charities behind the scenes.
Last year, the #CharitySoWhite hashtag blew up on Twitter in response to the Citizens Advice Bureau’s training material titled “Barriers we find in www.independent.co.uk/topic/bame" data-vars-event-id="c6" data-wpel-link="external">BAME communities”, a document full of stereotypes. We reported on the instances of racism faced by BAME people in the sector.
Please read more about them here and vote here to help us in raising the profile of these talented and hardworking individuals so that they can go even further in championing digital progress and deliver real and significant change for the charity sector.