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BD Giving Notes #54 – Finding Our Feet

Settling into a new job is always tricky but when your new employer is creating radical systems and ways of working with communities, the learning curve can feel especially steep. It has been just over two months since our team grew from five to eight, enough time to get a feel for our work. The […]

BD Giving Notes #53 – What Does Participation Look Like?

Participation is a word that we often hear in various contexts, such as education, work, politics, sports, and social activities. But what does it mean to participate? And who gets to decide how we participate? Our Head of Learning and Participation, Cameron Bray, looks to their past for an example of why we do not […]

BD Giving Notes #52 – Local businesses make a difference

Our latest BD Giving Note has been penned by Jonathan Simmons, who is partnering with us on a project to create fair financing options for essential local businesses whose impact is rarely highlighted. Is fair finance available to the businesses loved by their communities? Jonathan Simmons For the last two Mondays, BD Giving sat down with […]

BD Giving Notes #51 – Counting the Days

Instead of enforcing rigid hour-monitoring systems, we prioritise trusting our colleagues to maintain professionalism and deliver their finest work. Géraud de Ville​ With the first Note of 2024, our CEO looks back on one of the most radical changes BD Giving adopted last year, the 4-Day Week. Serving as a companion piece to Jack and […]

BD Giving Notes #50 – Paying people for participation? Sounds like Greek to me.

Participation makes a big difference to those of us who have the privilege of supporting communities in their decision-making. Cameron Bray Rather than a contemporary contentious concern, the idea of paying people to participate in society is older than you might think, as Cameron Bray, Head of Learning and Participation explores. I’ve written previously about […]

BD Giving Notes #49 – 4-Day Week: The personal perspective

Not dreading work on a Monday is a tangible benefit from a 4-Day Week Jack Webb Following the conclusion of our six month 4-Day Week trial, our next two Notes will explore the benefits, challenges and lessons that we have experienced both personally and organisationally. This time, we hear from Programme Manager Jack Webb  and Finance […]

BD Giving Notes #48 – “Diligently doing”

The transformation that is needed in funding relationships goes beyond bureaucratic adjustments. It calls for a genuine shift in mindset Géraud de Ville Following a series of conversations and experiences he had over summer, the first Note of November sees our CEO Géraud de Ville talk us through the gruelling cycle of due diligence. Ahead of an important meeting about […]

BD Giving Notes #47 – ‘’History is happening all the time‘’ 

Though our fund could only support eight businesses, the other ninety-something predominantly black-led businesses made us think deeply about our role in decolonising funding and the meaning of “purpose” in business. Kate Harmatz It’s really exciting when lots of things you’ve been working on over many years start to join up and tell a great […]

BD Giving Notes #46 – ‘’Now THIS is podcasting‘’

Participation makes a big difference to those of us who have the privilege of supporting communities in their decision-making. Cameron Bray Have you been wondering about the history of the borough, why BD Giving talks so much about power, what makes the GROW Fund special, or maybe just what my dulcet tones sound like? Well, […]

BD Giving Notes #45 – ‘’Pride, Place and Progress‘’

As a Trustee for BD Giving, I am proud to be involved with an organisation working towards inclusivity in the borough… BD Giving is rooted in local communities, and their core values of collaboration, inclusion, and learning directly align with the ethos LGBTQ+ communities need to thrive within the borough. Andrew Kerr In this Note, […]