Our Learning

This section focusses on the learning programme of the DEI coalition.

The Coalition meet 4 times a year and will upload all slides, presentations and materials here.

We are happy to share these resources but we would request that authorship or the source is always acknowledged in order to recognise the time and effort invested in preparing and collating them.

Session 1

“DEI work is not like an on-off light switch, it is more like a dimmer switch that you push up day after day and month after month.”

This introductory session focussed on understanding the definitions of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and discussing why this work was important for Foundations.
Slides Session 1
Session 1 Summary Notes
Meyer DEI Spectrum Tool 2018
Reflections from Session 1 by James Lee

Session 2

Equity in Grantmaking
Due to the Covid 19 Crisis and the rapidly changing environment in which foundations are now working, a decision was taken to focus the second session on Equity in grant funding distribution. As these sessions are being run over Zoom, they have been split into three parts taking place over 3 weekly sessions.

Day 2a – Understanding Equity and Inequality (April 2020)

Unpicking the terms Equity/Equality/Inequality and understanding the picture of inequality in the UK with Fahmida Rahman from the Resolution Foundation.

Understanding Inequality Slides (Fahmida Rahman)
Targeted Universalism explained
Targeted Universalism Primer
‘An African American Students Dilemma’ extract
The 4th Box – Understanding Equity v Equality
Session 2a Summary Notes
Session 2a Recording of Presentation with Fahmida Rahman

Day 2b – Equity and Covid 19 (May 2020)

Presentation by Nusrat Faizullah
Women and Covid 19
Coronavirus and the Impact on Disabled People
Covid 19 and the impact on BAME groups

Day 2c Operationalising Equity in Grantmaking (May 2020)

Operationalising Equity in Grantmaking Slides by Fozia Irfan

Session 3

Data, Data, Data.
In this session, the coalition focused on the use and collection of data. Why is it important to collect data? What data should funders be collecting and how should it inform your strategy? The Arts Council also kindly provided us with a case study.
DEI and data presentation by Fozia Irfan
Analysing Funding Distribution by Charlotte Carter
Arts Council a Case Study by Abid Hussain

Session 4

At this session, we were joined by a number of experts to consider two critical issues and their overlap – diversity in recruitment and building an inclusive culture.

Panel 1 – Discussing recruiting for greater diversity – potential & pitfalls

Gera Patel from Campbell Tickell

Shivani Smith from Perrett Laver

​Penny Wilson from Getting on Board

Panel 2 – Building an Inclusive Culture

Ayo Wallace from Future Foundations

Ruth Hunt from Words and Deeds

John Spiers from GCIL Equality Academy


Recruitment and Inclusion Best Practice by Fozia Irfan

Recruitment for Board Diversity by Penny Wilson

How to Recruit Trustees Guide

Useful Resources

Recordings of Panels (to follow)

Session 5

Midway Reflections and Updates

A year into our journey, how far have we come? Three foundations shared what they have learnt from the Coalition and what progress has been made. Foundations were asked to complete their DEI self-assessment tool and compare with their baseline markers.

Updates were given about the DEI Data Group, some legal issues arising from targeting and finally we covered section 1 of the self-assessment tool on composing a DEI policy.

Lastly, some forward planning was completed for the topics of the next two sessions.


DEI Data Group Update by Josh Cockcroft

Targeting Groups Update by Fozia Irfan

Developing a DEI Policy by Fozia Irfan

Sessions 6 & 7

Systems of Inequality and Oppression.

These two sessions focussed on looking at the structural systems of inequality which impact different communities. Special mention to all the brilliant speakers at these two sessions, who have agreed for their slides to be shared:

  1. Power and Privilege

Power and Privilege Presentation by Hannah Paterson

Power Moves Internal Data Gathering Template

  1. Patriarchy and Heteronormativity

Key Concepts by Impact Culture

Grantmaking with a Gender Lens

Presentation on enhancing grantmaking to the LGBTQ community

  1. Ableism

Presentation from Inclusion London

Mainstreaming Disability – European Foundations

  1. Class Privilege

Presentation by Sarah Atkinson, The Social Mobility Foundation

  1. Intersectionality

Towards Intersectional Grantmaking

What is intersectionality?

The Urgency of Intersectionality

Intersectionality for Beginners