The vast majority of young professional fundraisers who made this year’s biennial Fundraising Magazine’s 25 under 35 List were women, with more than 80 per cent of this year’s shortlisted candidates, compared to 68 per cent in 2016.
The list, which is published by Fundraising Magazine every two years, is the cover feature for the November issue of the magazine which lands today. This year’s list featured 21 women, compared to 17, when the list was last compiled and published in 2016.
The shortlist was arrived at from an initial 155 nominations from across the sector, which was then whittled down to a longlist of 40. A panel of professional fundraisers made up of Adeela Warley, chief executive of CharityComms; Paul Amadi, chief supporter officer at the British Red Cross and Paul McKenzie, head of philanthropy and partnerships then helped Fundraising Magazine’s editorial team to arrive at the final shortlist of 25.
Of the 155 total nominations put forward by the wider UK fundraising sector, only nine people were from BAME backgrounds.
Writing in Fundraising Magazine, Stephen Cotteril, editor, said: “As well as championing the sector’s young talent, this project does shine a light one of fundraising’s key failings, namely diversity.
“This was an open nomination platform – from the sector for the sector – and there were only nine people put forward by fundraising professionals that were from BAME backgrounds. You can shoot the messenger as often as you want, but this reflects the current state of the industry.”
The oldest shortlisted candidate in the list was 34, and the youngest was 24. In terms of the size of charities represented by those in the shortlist, the largest had an annual income in excess of £280m a year, while the smallest had an income of just over £600,000.