Diversifying Fundraising: How Your Organization & the Field Can Build a Pipeline of Diverse Fundraising Leaders

Diversifying Fundraising: How Your Organization & the Field Can Build a Pipeline of Diverse Fundraising Leaders

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The development profession is rife with incidences of implicit bias, microaggressions, and racism as experienced by professionals of color, who face constant tension in navigating donor, funder and board interactions to bring in necessary financial support for their organizations. This webinar will explore the role of decision-makers to identify, understand, and disrupt system-wide deficiencies that thwart the growth of people of color in leadership positions in the sector.

This panel will be a forthright cross-racial, cross-professional conversation on how the dynamics of power and race affect our ability to understand and navigate both philanthropy and fundraising. The session will cover areas all-too-familiar to any professional of color working adjacent to white-dominated philanthropy: the ubiquity of implicit bias, tokenism, microaggressions and pressures to assimilate; the need to work harder to prove oneself; how intersectionality complicates the role and makes the job harder; the nagging presence of imposter syndrome and a sense of isolation; and how DEI issues are (or aren’t) addressed in the nonprofit workplace. Drawing inspiration from Cause Effective’s groundbreaking report Money, Power and Race: The Lived Experience of Fundraisers of Color our discussion situates development within a continuum of equity principles.

As a result of attending this session, participants will:

  • Identify how racial dynamics influence the relationships between and among funders, donors, board members, and nonprofit professionals of color
  • Connect their personal experience of racial hierarchies to the intersections of class, money, and power so prevalent throughout the nonprofit sector
  • Come away with actionable steps for themselves on how to advocate for organizational practices and policies that support development professionals of color in their agency, autonomy and authority so their nonprofit causes can thrive



    Director of Strategic Development, Community Resource Exchange
    Executive Director, Cause Effective
    Senior Associate, Cause Effective
    Senior Program Officer, The New York Community Trust

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