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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 #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 #40 – “My weapon of choice‘’ 

A few weeks ago, our Head of Learning & Participation finally finished their Level 4 training in Lewis Deep Democracy (LDD), marking the culmination of a development process that started in September 2020. Here, Cameron, reflects on what they’ve learned and what this means for their work.

BD Giving Notes #34 – ‘’Democratising Finance‘’

With new players moving in and supporting local communities, it will be important not to repeat past errors. People must have a say over what happens where they live. That’s why we strongly believe that those most affected by funding decisions should be the ones in charge of making them. Géraud de Ville de Goyet […]

BD Giving Notes #27 – ‘Working for a smaller charity’

There is magic in small charities – something special, and being place-based means that we see what is happening locally. Cláudia Ramalhosa I’d like to use this Note to talk about how I’ve adapted to life at a small charity. Working for a smaller charity has proven to be a learning opportunity for me. It has […]

BD Giving Notes #24 – ‘Six good eggs’

As we pick out our preferred chairs and desk lamps, it feels right to reflect on the values and shared experiences that have led us to such an effective team bond. The BD Giving Team In his Note in May, Géraud reflected on his managerial role by stating “[It is] my duty to recruit a […]

BD Giving Notes – #21 ‘A Reality Check’

The question is, do we need to consider ‘professionalising’ our Board or our Community Steering Group to access more of the impact investing market?…. Our challenge ahead is in managing this tension and achieving a fine balance between the two.  Géraud de Ville de Goyet Last week a colleague and I had an enlightening meeting […]