Project will rate charitable foundations on diversity and transparency

From Civil Society

A group of charitable foundations have backed a project that will rate them on how diverse, transparent, and accountable they are in a bid to encourage a more open culture. The project is led by Friends Provident Foundation, alongside a group of trusts including Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Blagrave Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, Lankelly Chase Foundation, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Danielle Walker Palmour, director of Friends Provident Foundation said foundations in the UK “are almost uniquely unaccountable” and added that although “independence is a great strength” it has down-sides and means foundations “can lack standards of accountability or habits of transparency.”

Research will be compiled by philanthropy consultancy Giving Evidence and the first ratings will be published later this year

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