Third Sector Awards 2019: Enterprise Award - Stonewall Equality

Awarded to a social enterprise or charity that has significantly improved its income from its commercial activities in recent years

Stonewall Diversity Champions
Stonewall Diversity Champions

What does it do?

Stonewall's mission is to create acceptance without exception for LGBT people both in the UK and abroad. The Stonewall Diversity Champions membership programme supports organisations to become more LGBT-inclusive, while empowerment training programmes help people understand the issues faced by LGBT people, with a focus on action, empowering them to be agents for change.

How does it make money?

Organisations across the public, private and third sectors pay an annual fee to receive benefits including a client account manager supporting them in all areas of LGBT equality, consultancy and feedback on benchmarking themselves on LGBT-inclusion practices, reviews of HR policies and tailored events such as "lunch and learns". Empowerment programmes include "allies", "trans allies" and "LGBT role models" programmes. The leadership programme supports LGBT people to understand how their identity plays an active part in their leadership to address the smaller proportion of LGBT people in senior roles.

The organisation also runs about 10 conferences and events each year: its flagship London Workplace Conference was held at the QEII Centre this year , attracting 1,000 delegates.

What has it achieved?

This year, Stonewall is set to achieve £4m of income from commercial activities, representing almost half of the charity’s turnover. In the last financial year, fees from Diversity Champions brought in £2,573,210 for Stonewall. The charity works with more than 850 members, an increase from 500 in 2014, including 180 global members. Members have a combined UK workforce of 4.2 million people. Stonewall runs 100 empowerment programmes every year and a range of conferences and events. Attendance fees for the empowerment programmes raised £754,996 in the last financial year, while conferences brought in £275,374. Income generated from our commercial activities is used for vital work to support LGBT people.


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