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In this time of pandemic and the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, our society has faced a new reckoning about systemic racism. Most of our non-profits/educational organizations took a stand earlier this year. We sent out emails denouncing racism. We put BLM banners on our websites. Yet taking a stand is not enough. Where do we go from here?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion might be articulated in our organizational goals, but many of the successful fundraising techniques developed over time (giving clubs, high-end events, expensive donor walls) are exclusive and meant to be that way. And, while most nonprofits espouse a vision of equity where all people have the opportunity to thrive, there are significant barriers for participation, especially for people of color, when it comes to employment, leadership, and involvement.
A seasoned not-for-profit management professional, Brenda Asare, CEO, the Alford Group, will help us examine why now, more than ever, our organizations need to be more diverse, more equitable, and more inclusive to meet the challenges of the future.
How do we examine our own personal implicit/unconscious biases?
How can we – as fundraisers – influence the way our organizations integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their DNA?
How can we change our hiring, management, and leadership cultivation in fundraising so that people of color see themselves in our fundraising operations?
How can we adapt fundraising cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship methods to build relationships with people outside of our usual circles?