Inspired by CCF’s 10 Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising, I have reflected on how I champion DEIB in my role, and wanted to share my strategies with other higher education Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) professionals.
My workshops to advance equity in data are built with this intention — to build collective knowledge around data collection and visualization in a way that allows us to appropriately challenge those places where data can lead to exclusion and alienation. I learned five lessons by offering these workshops to individuals from different roles, sectors, and data comfort that I want to share with you.
“Many companies and organizations have recognized that a 4-day workweek is a great idea but haven’t actually done it yet. When researching the concept, I felt as if there was a dearth of practical, logistical information about how companies can transition. I decided to journal about how the new policies were affecting my workflow and to track what happens when the rubber meets the road.”
“I’ve been seeking a justice-centered workplace where I can be my authentic, Queer, Trans, Latinx self for my whole career. Like many, I’ve been exploited as an employee and I need a workplace where I am represented, gendered appropriately, and can thrive — what Social Justice Partners Los Angeles terms a ‘liberatory workplace,’ where everyone feels belonging and freedom.”
“How do we honor and uplift our lived experiences of socioeconomic class, and turn them into a source of strength to become fearless fundraisers? I don’t have all the answers, but I do know we should examine how we learned about money as children, because this affects how we operate in the world as adults.
“…it wasn’t until participating in a program to unlearn my racist conditioning — Healing from Internalized Whiteness (HIW) — that I began to view mental wellness beyond a lens of individualized self-care for my own benefit. I now understand the importance of mental health as a foundation for collective antiracism work.”