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).
What you can do this Pride month: stop your organization from rainbowfying its logo unless it spends the rest of the year materially making things better for LGBTIQA2+ folks
Supporting marginalized communities when it’s easy and lucrative to do so isn’t being a true accomplice. When it’s hard to do, and you still do it, you show your accomplice chops… Here are some (non-prescriptive and non-exhaustive) ideas for what your organization should be pushing for before it starts draping itself in the rainbow flag…
How consulting can help women of color get out of toxic nonprofits, set boundaries, and have the energy and space to create the change we want to see
For women of color, consulting offers a unique opportunity to resist and challenge the structures in place. By being open to work with multiple organizations, consultants can choose to only partner with nonprofits focused on ethical fundraising and dignified work.
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.
We spend a lot of time, energy, and resources to meet the needs of our community and take care of the patrons in our circle, whether they be donors, stakeholders, or other members of the community we are working with. But we should also be taking care of the folks inside the organization as well.