Charity diversity campaign #NonGraduatesWelcome sweeps social media

The #NonGraduatesWelcome initiative is aimed at encouraging diversity and inclusion in recruitment, encouraging employers to think out of the graduate box.

Joe Lepper | 1st Oct 19

A social media campaign has launched to encourage charities to improve diversity and social inclusion by interviewing more job candidates who are not graduates.

The #NonGraduatesWelcome is urging the charity sector to ensure it interviews and hires people on merit, experience, attitude and their skills, not based on whether they have a degree or not.

It has launched a manifesto website and is using social media to spread the use of the hashtag and campaign message  #NonGraduatesWelcome.

“By making it a requirement for applicants to have an unspecified degree organisations are slamming the door in the faces of talented fundraisers simply because – for whatever reason – they didn’t go to university,” states the campaign.

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“Nongraduateswelcome is encouraging the charity sector to change its mindset and drop this outdated and unnecessary requirement from its fundraising job descriptions.

“Rather than asking for unspecified degree qualifications we are calling on organisations to be clearer about the specific skills, knowledge and experience they require – both for the role and their team.

“Being more open and transparent about what applicants are being judged on will empower them to decide how best to demonstrate that they are the right person for the job.”

The campaign is also urging charities to use the #NonGraduatesWelcome hashtag when advertising roles.


Working with recruitment agencies

It is now working with recruitment agencies to encourage charities to be more accessible in their job advertising. Charities and specifically fundraising managers are also being targeted to ensure jobs are more inclusive.

This is the latest effort to encourage diversity in the charity sector this year.

During the summer the #CharitySoWhite Twitter campaign was launched by voluntary sector workers to highlight racism and a lack of diversity among charities.

This month CharityComms released its Salary and Organisational Culture report, which found that digital and communications roles are white dominated. A lack of action on diversity and tackling harassment is leading to an exodus of talented black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staffers, warns the report.

> See also: How #CharitySoWhite became a movement for change

Among those backing the #NonGraduatesWelcome campaign via social media is the Institute of Fundraising, which highlighted the lack of diversity in fundraising roles in its 2019  Who Isn’t In The Room? Report.

Another is Jane Ide, the Chief Executive of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (Navca), which operates an open access policy across its recruitment.