The two surveys released today by #CharitySoWhite are designed to gather lived experience to help the organisation more effectively combat racism in the charity sector
#CharitySoWhite has emerged as one of the leading voices in the sector, campaigning on issues of racism, discrimination and inclusion.
The #CharitySoWhite hashtag first launched on Twitter in August 2019, prompting charity sector workers from BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds to share their experiences of institutional racism and discrimination.
The wave of personal testimonies shared across Twitter came in the wake of racially offensive training material used by Citizens Advice, brought to light by Fatima Iftikhar, an organiser with #POCIMPACT.
The campaign has grown since then and gone from strength to strength.
In order to help them in their ongoing mission to tackle racism in the charity sector, #CharitySoWhite are launching two surveys to gather experience. This is to help them build a better understanding of the sector as a whole, and those working towards creating a more equal and anti-racist sector.
One of the two surveys is aimed at BAME individuals working in the sector. The other is designed for white allies.
#CharitySoWhite and #POCIMPACT have joined forces to launch a new listening campaign. The survey is designed to find out how BAME individuals can lead and thrive in a sector which truly celebrates them.
This survey is a part of the broader listening campaign and focuses on the experiences of people who have been racialised in the UK impact sector.
This survey will be used to learn more about experiences of BAME employees across the charity sector, with a specific focus on understanding the networks and spaces for peer support and action within your organisations.
*#CharitySoWhite understand the limitations of the term Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME). The organisation have chosen to do so at the time of designing this survey because many existing organisations use the term BAME.
#CharitySoWhite wants to know more from white allies too, including their thoughts and feelings on racism within the sector, what they are doing to challenge racism and what their thoughts on allyship are.
The organisation are asking for the thoughts and opinions on racism of anyone that identifies as white working in the charity sector and are in support of an anti-racist institution.
#CharitySoWhite want to hear about your journeys to becoming anti-racist, your thoughts on what your role is in building an anti-racist sector, and about the spaces where you are self-organising to educate yourselves and take action.
They hope to develop the approach to our campaign so that BAME and white people can work together to build an anti-racist charity sector.
The deadline to complete the survey is Monday 26th October 2020.