Tarnished: Let’s rethink, reimagine and co-create a new social impact sector 

We have a crisis in the charitable sector. High turnover and difficulty in attracting skilled candidates to our organisations.

Three decades in the social impact sector as a fundraiser and organisational leader gave Maryann Kerr a bird’s eye view of what’s working and what’s not.

Tarnished provides an honest, well-researched and critical review of the social impact sector and tips and techniques to create the kind of workplaces that engage employees to do their best work. Kerr uses first-person interviews, extensive research, and her expertise as an organisational health consultant to paint a picture of a sector in need of a ‘rethink.’

Tarnished provides practical, hands-on solutions to repair toxic cultures and build better working relationships.


“The social impact sector should be at the forefront of the current diversity, equity and inclusion movements but it can only do so authentically if it changes itself and if it embraces the needed culture change with urgency and honesty.”
Marina Glogovac, CEO, CanadaHelps 

“Tarnished fills a vitally important void in the literature on the social profit sector and should become required reading for all leaders looking to advance organisational culture, people management, and performance.  Bravo to Maryann!”
Ted Garrard, C.M., Chief Executive Officer, SickKids Foundation

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