Resources for Fundraising + Working Remotely in These Times

Considering how we wield the power of words is critical, especially if we acknowledge that our efforts can be “powerful vehicles for social change, inclusion, and justice.” That’s the argument found in this Progressive’s Style Guide from The Sum Of Us. The guide offers clarity around “understanding and applying the authentic language of the individuals and communities with whom we work,” including subject areas such as disability, food, health, housing, and many others. We encourage you to take a look in your efforts to wield your power intentionally.


NEW The Latest from Ethical Rainmaker: The Racist Roots of Nonprofits & Philanthropy with Christina Shimizu - Not yet listening to this podcast? It’s a MUST!
Episode Summary:​“Faulty.” “Problematic.” “Racist.” In this episode, we talk about why these terms are now regularly used to describe the foundations that the nonprofit and philanthropic systems were built upon. Guest Christina Shimizu, a co-founder of Community-Centric Fundraising, briefly explores the relatively recent history of how these systems came to be, why they are built on deep injustices and how philanthropy and nonprofits are actually a political and economic system. Unpack all of this with us! If we don’t examine how these things came to be, we can never hope to reimagine them, improve them or do better, to benefit the communities we are trying to serve.
NEW One of the Latest from Community Centric Fundraising’s The HUB
Curb cuts and universal design: How I use my invisible disability to advocate for arts accessibility By Elizabeth Ralston, consultant and founder of the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium
Check out The HUB HERE, for more articles and resources.

Nonprofit Sector Response to COVID Varies: Many Find Opportunities to Innovate
By Julie Ha Truong, Founder at Leadership Savvy (via Bloomerang) 
In the weeks following the start of the pandemic, organizations had to react quickly with their response to COVID. As a consultant, Julie saw clients and organizations react in three ways. She examines these three and offers advice. Read the article HERE

Black Women's Panel on Pay Inequity - AFP Global 
This panel included Ofronama Biu, author of Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector; Paulette Senior, CEO and president of Canadian Women's Foundation; and Tycely Williams, CFRE, immediate past chair of AFP's Women's Impact Initiative, who served as the facilitator. Watch the replay HERE. 
Do Your Nonprofit's Financial Operations Reflect Your Commitment to DEI?
Inequitable and unjust practices easily and unconsciously embed into systems and structures around payroll and finance. This article examines four areas where you can examine your financial operations relative to DEI. Read the article HERE.

AFP's Initiative to Raise Awareness Surrounding Mental Health and Wellness
One in four people around the world will be affected by mental disorders, and roughly 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions-including those in the charitable sector. The resource list helps raise awareness and provides resources needed to learn about and address a critical subject that impacts so many. 
The Ethical Rainmaker Podcast: White Women as Gatekeepers
In this episode, Fleur Larsen, a DEI consultant and a white woman, talks with host Michelle Shireen Muri to answer questions like: Why are there so many white DEI consultants making money off of racism? What does gatekeeping look like? How do you know you are gatekeeping and what should you do when you are called out? How do you call out a gatekeeper? Listen HERE.

“Stirring up the pot and pushing us all to think differently” This is what Joan Garry said of her latest podcast guests Michelle Shireen Muri and Vu Le, the co-founders of Community-Centric Fundraising. Listen in here: Ep 114: What If Fundraising De-Emphasized the Donor?

Data Says! Data expert and evaluator Anna Rebecca Lopez presented findings from a survey of more than 2,000 nonprofit professionals sent out last year. Anna Rebecca shared the information on a webinar of more than 700 folx in the sector. Check it out here

How prospect research can help nonprofits become less racist and more inclusive
Elisa Shoenberger explains the many ways in which prospect research can be really problematic and perpetuate racism and white supremacy-based practices in our sector. She approaches this essay from a journalist’s eye, presents different voices, and also offers direction for making prospect research more anti-racist. Read it here.

*** Finished reading and looking for your next book? Check out the list below from Community-Centered Fundraising.

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, by Anand Giridharadas
An investigation of how efforts to change the world, preserve status quo and contribute or cause problems they later seek to solve.
Publisher’s Site | Video of Anand Giridharadas on The Daily Show

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
A collection of essays exploring the long-term consequences of the “non-profit industrial complex” and how it devastates movements by “managing” dissent.
Publisher’s Site

Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits & Foundation Can Build EPIC Partnerships, by Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Jane Leu, Vu Le
A guide exploring and envisioning how partnerships between foundations/funders and NPOs can and should be created to be equitable.
Book’s Site

So You Want To Talk About Race, by Ijioma Oluo
A personal story and guide to early conversations about race.
Publisher’s Site

 White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
An analysis and personal story about white supremacy and ease in daily life.
Author’s Site 

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
Economic Policy Institute Book Site 

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, by Mehrsa Baradaran
Author’s Wiki Entry 

Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens, by Rinku Sen and Lori Villarosa Site


The Ethical Rainmaker - Have you heard of the new The Ethical Rainmaker podcast? The first episode, “Meaning Well Isn’t Good Enough” is an interview with Vu Le. 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 the host about how the principles of community-centric fundraising were created and how his family and personal history have shaped his work and his worldview. 
Check it out here.

The second episode of this fabulous new podcast highlights an organization that made the unusual decision to give RAISES during the pandemic. Listen to the conversation with Ananda Valenzuela here.

How Can Nonprofits Move from Exploitative Storytelling to Justice-Oriented Storytelling? 
By Debra Jenkins, PhD From Bloomerang. Am I telling their story in a way that will speak life to whom the storyteller and their lived experiences are or am I instead contributing to the exploitation of the story and objectifying the storyteller for donor fundraising gain?

The Power of a Fundraiser: Why You are the Key to Systems ChangeMichelle Shireen Muri, Freedom Conspiracy Principal and CCF co-chair. Read this powerful “love note to the empathetic diplomat”!

Our Right to Heal: The Strength of Healing
A recent from AFP Canada’s series Our Right to Heal, Nneka Allen, CFRE, principal and founder of The Empathy Agency, discusses the grief that comes from racism, as well as understanding and healing from grief.

To White Leaders of Philanthropy: Do It Differently This Time
By Kishshana Palmer and Ajuah Helton. From the Chronicle of Philanthropy
“This is an opportunity to make different choices about which organizations merit investment, about how the foundation is run, and about how to give employees outside the dominant culture an influential voice in decision making and leadership. Here’s what philanthropic leaders need to do:…”

 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Nonprofit Sector - Essential Resources for Nonprofit Professionals - (article) by Bloomerang

Will Philanthropy Stand Up for Black America? (article) by Keecha Harris, Founder and CEO of Keecha Harris & Associates, Inc.

Dear Philanthropy: These are the Fires of Anti-Black Racism (article) by Will Cordery, an Advisor with Leverage Philanthropic Partners LLC

How to Keep Women of Color from Leaving the Fundraising Profession (article) by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, management consultant and founder of the Rooted Collaborative

The Looting of My Soul (article) by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, management consultant and founder of the Rooted Collaborative

Right to Heal: (article)  Black Canadian women fundraisers tell their stories, both professional and personal.

While It Matters (column) by Birgit Burton, founder of the African American Development Officers Network  Birgit Burton took over Mike's Monday Message (Mike Geiger is the President & CEO of AFP Global) and talks about the stories of racism that affected her growing up and how we can take action. 

Vu Le’s insightful and timely commentary on the nonprofit world and philanthropy: Privilege, power, and personal conflicts: The forces preventing change in nonprofit and philanthropy

Zoom Training! Recommended if you would like to use more tools and options within Zoom.

COVID-19 related emergency grant information offered by The Grant Plant. Link HERE 

Nonprofit fundraising data to help you respond during the Covid-19 crisis. Coronavirus Nonprofit Fundraising Response Resource Center - NextAfter Institute  Link HERE

How Nonprofits are Doing Email Marketing Right During a Crisis  (article) by Lidia Varesco Racoma
Provided by Bloomerang

How to Retain New Donors Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic  (article) by Sarah Anderson & Caitlin Bristow. Provided by Campbell & Company

Change Isn’t Constant, It’s Required (article)] by Jarrett Ransom, via Bloomerang -
“While we may not have prepared for this pivot, the hypothetical band-aid has been ripped off and we are all forced, together, to reimagine what our new normal can look like.” 

The Nonprofit Sector and the 'Shake Shack Effect' [article] by Deepa Iyer and Frances Kunreuther, originally via Candid’s Philanthropic blog

Smaller, community-based organizations are serving as lifelines for the folks being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. How can funders, donors, and the sector at large step up to ensure that these vital, often people of color-led organizations survive this crisis?

How To Break Free From Boring Fundraising Appeals...Forever! [recorded webinar] with Lisa Sargent, via Fundraising Everywhere 2019

AFP ICON VIRTUAL: An Interview With Kay Sprinkel Grace [recorded video]
In this video, Kay Sprinkel Grace discusses what she sees for organizations moving forward, basic standards for organizations to be successful and more. Kay Sprinkel Grace, FAFP, is an author, international speaker, mentor and longtime fundraiser whose name is synonymous with philanthropy and AFP International’s 2020 Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

What I Wished I’d Known…[when I first got started in fundraising] Lisa Sargent
Provided by Fundraising Everywhere

[VIDEO] How to Run an Online Event And Engage More People Virtually – Are current news stories threatening your real-life events? In this webinar, Nikki Bell and Simon Scriver will take you through the steps and learnings of developing online engagement events. Link HERE

Coping in a Pandemic: Essential Nonprofit Philanthropic Strategies
People need a little hope. A sense that if we tend the garden now, flowers will bloom again next spring. It may take a while, but it will happen. You, and your donors, will make it happen! Link HERE

Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future Nonprofit Quarterly Link HERE

From the Washington, DC AFP Chapter: A very comprehensive list of COVID-19 Resources - Link HERE

Ongoing and Continuously Growing List of Resources -Link HERE

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

If you don’t already follow Vu Le’s excellent, thoughtful, and norm-challenging blog “Nonprofit AF,” let his most recent post get you hooked: What are we willing to give up to end the nonprofit hunger games? 

From Vu Le:
Is there such a thing as too much gratitude? Yes, and it’s been harmful to our work.

Vu Le’s laser-beam wit is on full display as he captures a frustration many in the nonprofit world share: Hey businesses: Act more like nonprofits if you want to succeed!