5-7 November 2019

As a follow on to our successful three-week GeNErosity Festival of Philanthropy and Giving in 2018, we are running a series of activities over three days in November 2019 to look at philanthropy and its role in addressing diversity and inclusion. We will be delivering the events under the banner of the Festival hashtag #PoweredByPhilanthropy.

What is it?

Through our Vital Signs reports, we have identified fairness and equality as issues where philanthropy could be doing more. We know that some causes are more popular with donors than others, and we have a responsibility to shine a light on areas of disadvantage linked to inequality and exclusion. We also need to back diverse leaders who are making a difference through our area’s small, local charities.

This three-day festival aims to kick start that conversation, and begin a year of research, discussions, activity and grant-making by the Community Foundation. 

Through the events, we aim to:

  • celebrate the work of small, local charities which are led by and which include people from diverse communities in North East England;
  • raise understanding about the philanthropy of diverse communities, and how philanthropy has supported the development of greater equality and inclusion for marginalised groups;
  • discuss challenging issues about the place of philanthropy alongside diversity and inclusion
  • motivate people and businesses to do more philanthropy to address diversity and inclusion

Please have a look at the events below that make up this festival and book now to secure your place.

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Community Foundation AGM and #PoweredByPhilanthropy 2019 Launch

2.30pm, Gosforth Civic Theatre

With keynote speaker Debra Allcock-Tyler from the Directory of Social Change, and showcasing groups from diverse backgrounds, this event kicks off #PoweredByPhilanthropy 2019

Community Foundation members can book now or when they receive the formal notice of AGM in the first week of October when more tickets will be released.

Further information and booking available here

An evening of diverse arts and culture

6pm, Gosforth Civic Theatre

Celebrating and showcasing a range of arts and cultural organisations from diverse communities supported by the Community Foundation

Further information and booking available here

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Motivations and minefields: advising clients with diverse backgrounds on philanthropy

8am, Ward Hadaway

A seminar to help professional advisors increase their confidence in speaking to clients from diverse backgrounds about their philanthropy and giving.

Further information and booking available here

Can generosity change the world? The role of philanthropy in equality and inclusion campaigns

2pm, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

A seminar bringing together national experts to outline philanthropy’s strengths and weaknesses in tackling inequality in the past and present.

Further information and booking available here

The Great Philanthropy Debate; has philanthropy failed on diversity?

6pm, The Beacon

A 'Question Time' style panel debate looking at whether philanthropy has a diversity problem, chaired by the Community Foundation's CEO, Rob Williamson, with regional and national speakers.

Further information and booking available here

Thursday 7 November 2019

Encouraging first-time trustees from diverse backgrounds

8.30am, The Comfrey Project

An event to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to become trustees of local charities

Further information and booking available here

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