Grant-making with DEI lens - Session 4 of Series of 4

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a topic of huge importance for foundations and this session will focus on ensuring grant-making practices, processes and procedures have a DEI lens embedded within them.


Examples will be provided of an equity-based approach to funding distribution from a strategic perspective, as well as good practice within application and grants management systems.

Foundations which have started to embed this approach will provide case studies of both the challenges and benefits of using this methodology.

This event will be held online.  A Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before. 

Date: 18 May 2022

Time: 9am - 11.00am


Fozia Irfan, Director of Children and Young People at Children in Need

Fozia specialises in equitable funding distribution and investment for young people.  She was previously awarded the national 'Rising Star CEO' award by the National Charity Times  and voted one of the 25 Most Influential Charity Leaders in the sector. Fozia set up the groundbreaking Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coalition of foundations, leading fifteen major national foundations in the implementation of more effective and equitable grant-making strategies.  
Fozia completed a Masters in Grant-making, Philanthropy and Social Investment at Cass Business School with Distinction. and is a keynote speaker at national conferences and specialist foundation events, covering topics such as leadership, equity and philanthropy. She is also a NED of Fair4All Finance and a former Trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations. She was appointed a Leadership Fellow in 2019 and Churchill Fellow in 2020. Fozia is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School on the Charity Management Masters Programme.


Chaka L. Bachmann

Chaka (she/her) is the founder and Director of Impact Culture, a company that achieves sustainable cultural change through an evidence-led approach, providing clients with nuanced insights into their current EDI challenges and opportunities, which inform the development of contextualised and effective solutions. Chaka is an experienced equity and inclusion consultant and social justice researcher, who has led large scale state-of-the-nation mixed method research projects and provided full cycle EDI programmes to a range of clients including Girlguiding, Quakers, Citizens Advice, and MSF UK. She currently continues her interest in research by pursuing a PhD in Business Management looking at how multi-national companies contextualise Global LGBT EDI practices in adverse local environments.

As an intersectional activist, Chaka has been passionate about social justice and community creation from a young age. Identifying as a queer Femme that grew up in a dual heritage home has shaped Chaka's approach to EDI activism which is built on empathy and accountability. Through this, Chaka facilitates spaces that encourage participants to reflect and engage in the change they want to see, focusing on unpacking dynamics of privilege and power and creating new places of belonging.

Edward Walden, Power to Change

Edward is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Power to Change, a charitable trust that supports community businesses across England. Edward has volunteered and worked in the third sector for 15 years with a focus on disability rights within Disabled People’s User Led Organisations in both the North and South of England. Since graduating from the University of Kent with an LLB in Law roles have included advocate, DEI trainer and consultant, employment advisor for disabled people and access auditor.

Non-members are welcome to attend this event if they meet the criteria for ACF membership.

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