I think there’s plenty to learn from this experience in Montgomery…That could have ended so badly, as we’ve seen in the news, right? And it didn’t, and like the racists got their comeuppance…I think this is the energy we need…we need to stop talking about like being nice and civil, or whatever, and start organizing, and pushing back and grabbing a chair…

— Vu Le

About the podcast episode

In this episode, Monique and Valerie sit down with Vu Le, Creator of NonprofitAF and one of the Founders of Community Centric Fundraising, to discuss how nonprofits leaders need to grab a folding chair and organize to save our communities and how funders need to shift practices to do the same.

About Beyond Philanthropy

Beyond Philanthropy is a podcast about how we can move beyond traditional philanthropy from co-hosts Monique Curry-Mims & Valerie Johnson. This season, each monthly episode examines systemic change and how to be disruptive in your philanthropy practice, with a mix of episodes featuring our co-hosts and episodes featuring guests from across the country.

Episode Transcript

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Monique Curry-Mims (she/her) and Valerie Johnson (she/her) are cohosts of Beyond Philanthropy Podcast

Monique Curry-Mims

Monique Curry-Mims

Monique Curry-Mims has over 15 years of business and leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. As Principal of Civic Capital Consulting, an international social impact consulting firm, Monique delivers innovative strategies that help organizations meet their mission and goals, education services that empower solutions and equity, and funding to help communities working on the ground be part of the change they need. To further change impact, Monique serves as a steering committee member of Philadelphia Black Giving Circle, Trustee and the Allocations Chair of Union Benevolent Association, and a Committee Member of AFP Global’s Government Relations Committee. Additionally, Monique serves as Founder and Convener of PHLanthropy Week and co-host of Beyond Philanthropy alongside Valerie Johnson.

Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson joined Pathways to Housing PA as Director of Institutional Advancement in 2018, and was promoted to VP of Advancement and Special Projects in 2021. She co-hosts a podcast, Beyond Philanthropy, alongside Monique Curry-Mims. She was also the Director of Advancement for Council for Relationships and worked as a fundraiser for Valley Youth House and the American Association for Cancer Research. Valerie, a Certified Fundraising Executive, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA from Drexel University. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2012, she serves on the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Board of Directors as Vice President of Education and Professional Development. Valerie has been a featured speaker for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, NTEN, AFP GPC, and AFP Brandywine, and contributes to Generocity. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram, where you’ll see plenty of running and baking content alongside her cats, Agador and Spartacus. 

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