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.
Scatting doesn’t do anything for the problem you are trying to solve, and it shuts down the real conversation. It focuses on defense of the individual or obfuscation of the mistake. It shows a fear of imperfection and is highly self-centered (or organization-centered).
Young fundraisers of color join organizations because they know the harms the sector causes and want to make a difference. When they first arrive, they are optimistic and pour their energy into the mission they believe in. However, often, they find out that the greatest challenges to ethical practices are not external but internal.
There’s something about these organizations grounded in equity, driven by justice, and shifting power to community-rooted solutions. Does the work of dismantling oppressive systems inherently prioritize staff? In my experience, yes — and a bias for action, learning, and adaptability attract this inclination for intra-organizational alignment.
A message of support by the Community-Centric Fundraising Global Council for AFP Chicago’s open letter to AFP Global
One of the core values of the Community-Centric Fundraising movement is that of Courage. We must challenge the way things are done and take bold action if we want to see the change that is needed to create equitable fundraising practices. For this reason, we support efforts which advocates for safe and healthy environments for fundraisers to do good work.