Recently I saw a director of development position at a local organization whose work I respect. The overview paragraph talked about being the face of the organization, building strategic partnerships, preparation of grants, appeals, campaigns, etcetera. Great, I thought. I can do all of that!
Fundraising is well-intended, but meaning well isn’t good enough. Hear Vu Le, one of the most amplified voices in the nonprofit sector, talk with Michelle about how the principles of community-centric fundraising were created and how his family and personal history have shaped his work and his worldview.
When white-centric organizations and philanthropists impose their vision of action in fighting systemic racism, it can be detrimental to the actual work needed to create reform. Context and history is important. Abdul Ali reached out with the idea of writing and performing a spoken word poem that addresses this very topic, created just for CCF. Read and watch the performance of the poem, “Philanthropy.”
In September 2017, I was fired from my role as associate director of Invest in Youth in Seattle because I was outspoken about the organization’s need to diversify their volunteer tutors and board members. My passion for anti-racism work did not align with their investment in the status quo.
We’re so glad to have you here with us on this journey of transforming fundraising and philanthropy so that it is co-grounded in racial and economic justice!
Our welcome video features leadership from CCF’s Seattle chapter, folx who have been meeting and convening regularly over the past few years in order to develop what you currently see here …