Resources for Fundraising + Working Remotely in These Times

UPDATED 8/6/20

NEW! 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! Upcoming Webinars

Community-Centric Fundraising’s 1st Town Hall Gathering

August 10th at 12:30 pm MST

Sign up here to be sent the zoom link.

Community-Centric Fundraising is a movement to evolve how fundraising is done in the nonprofit sector. Its goal is to support fundraisers and other nonprofit professionals to re-examine every fundraising philosophy and practice they have been taught, engage in vigorous ongoing conversations, and explore doing fundraising in ways that reduce harm and further social justice.


Overcoming Racial Bias: Breaking Down Barriers to Capital - Virtual Conversation with Echoing Green

Aug. 20 at 2 pm MST

Join the AFP New York City Chapter for a virtual conversation highlighting a recent study published by Echoing Green and The Bridgespan Group, examining funding disparities faced by nonprofit leaders of color. Speakers will discuss the report's findings, what the datasets reveal and takeaways to change the existing practices that lead to funding disparities. Register HERE

NEW! 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


NEW!  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.

NEW!  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?

NEW!   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”!

NEW!  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.

NEW!  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.

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

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

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

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

NEW!  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!