Gender imbalance in the charitable sector

So, we have been asked to consider challenging the expectations in boardroom, workplace, public office regarding equality and diversity.

As a small charity we see the gender imbalance too. Charities may have a better record than industry of appointing women to board level or to senior management positions but they must not rest on their laurels.

All around us are women offering to volunteer. Go into hospitals and in the hospital shop, walking the library trolley – look at care homes and schools – volunteers tend to be female. Charity events up and down the country are largely organized by (unpaid) women.

Are the skills which these women bring gender specific? It seems unlikely.
Why then do the planning, organizational and strategic management skills employed not appear to achieve recognition in the wider arena?

Many of these volunteers are also working, many are not and have more time to give but availability of time is not a female prerogative. Perhaps an increase in men in such unpaid roles would assist in challenging the expectations?

I’d like to see more value placed on volunteers regardless of gender. The very fabric of society benefits hugely from the army of people who freely give of their time and skills.

Of course I also think that women have a responsibility too to accept that men can perform caring roles just as well as we can! Challenging expectations is a two way street.

I am going to take up this challenge then and It’s Good 2 Give, as a charity, will aim to encourage more men to volunteer for us and with us.
Watch this space…..

It’s Good 2 Give – Forthcoming Events
Sunday 20 November 2011 2-4pm
Hilton Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

We are delighted to have bestselling author, Maggie O’Farrell as an afternoon tea host

Maggie O’Farrell is the author of five novels, After You’d Gone, My Lover’s Lover, The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and, mostly recently The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the Costa. Born in Northern Ireland, Maggie grew up in Wales and Scotland. This event will sell fast! Maggie is a critically acclaimed author who is also extremely popular.

Our events always feature superb raffle prizes – this event will have a set of all Maggie’s books – signed by her.

For your ticket call Lynne on 07901 555 352 or email

£25 per person includes full afternoon tea and a glass or two of sparkling wine.

2011 Christmas Afternoon Tea
Sunday 4 December 2011 1-4pm

Sunday 4 December will see us at the Caledonian with carol singers, flower displays, gift wrapping advice and so much more – tickets sold so fast last December we are putting them on sale now! Don’t miss out. Book now: it’s £20 per person, which is a bargain!
We will have a shopping experience before the afternoon tea starts. From 1 till 2pm you can shop for the man/men in your life: they’re always so hard to buy for, so we’ve got some great present ideas for you. Adrienne Kerr, owner of the wonderful stationer, Magenta Ink, will be on hand to give you wrapping tips to make your gifts extra special. Tea will feature scrumptious sandwiches, cake, and drinks, including a glass of bubbly.

For your ticket call Lynne on 07901 555 352 or email

It’s Good 2 Give Inaugural Ball
Saturday 3 March 2012
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

Join us for our first ever ball at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Hotel. We anticipating a fantastic evening, with reception drinks, a four-course dinner, dancing and entertainment provided by our nine-piece band, Corra!

The simply wonderful Grant Stott is our host for this, our Inaugural Black Tie Ball

It’s £600 for a table of ten: 30 tables are already sold, so if you would like to come, please book quickly. For your ticket call Lynne on 07901 555 352 or email

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