Already in Britain, eight out of 10 people have participated in some kind of charitable giving this year, and it is estimated that the UK will have donated more than £10.6billion to charity by the end of 2015. But how many of us know with any real certainty where our money is going, or how many people will actually see the benefit?
Like the rest of the charitable sector, the arts is struggling to reflect the UK's broader diversity. Arts Council England (ACE) estimates that just 9% of permanent staff in its National Portfolio Organisations and major museums are from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. But in our fundraising teams, it seems that attracting a diverse workforce might be even more challenging.
I am here to say that ANY amount is ENOUGH and that is why I have started a campaign called #pledgeapenny4pnd which means that whatever you want to pledge, whatever the amount of pennies you are able to part with, that you are making a difference and that your pledge and the thought and generosity behind it are more than ENOUGH!
On Sunday, each person had their own reason for walking. I walked4 the women killed by their partner and the grieving families left behind. I walked4 funds to ensure all those who experience violence and abuse get the support they need. And, I walked4 a future where it is domestic violence that is unthinkable, not talking about it.
Last week pictures of three year old Aylan laying face down, dead on a beach here in turkey hit the news. To us europeans the picture was an eye-opener. A reminder of the gruesome reality, the painful fact that children knocking on our doors, asking for our help, die in an attempt to reach a better future...