7/6/2021 0 Comments
A new report finds that while 88 percent of survey respondents said they would recommend fundraising as a career for a person of color, almost 60 percent acknowledged they might be reluctant to suggest that people of color they know move into the fundraising profession “because fundraising involves external relationships where bias might be present.”
The report, Money, Power and Race: The Lived Experience of Fundraisers of Color, from Cause Effective, a New York nonprofit consulting firm, brings systemic issues to light through narratives and provides recommendations to improve equity at nonprofits.
Read more: Money, Power and Race: The Lived Experiences of People of Color | Association of Fundraising Professionals (afpglobal.org)
A must read!!!!
By Birgit Smith Burton
Since founding the African American Development Officers Network (AADO)* in 1999, I have collected hundreds of stories of fundraisers of color who have experienced what they have identified as racism in their professional fundraising career — sometimes subtly through macroaggressions such as, “You’re so articulate”, “I didn’t realize you were black when I read your name”, “Where are you really from?” One such story involved a fundraiser who was continually passed over for a promotion to a frontline development officer. When she inquired, she was told that the major donors would not want to engage with a black person so there would be no reason to promote her if she couldn’t be successful in her job.
Read more: The Issue of Racism in the Fundraising Profession | Association of Fundraising Professionals (afpglobal.org)
You can now download a free copy of the Blackbaud Diversity in Giving Report
As the United States continues to grow and become more diverse, it’s more important than ever to consider whether the nonprofit playbook is due for an overhaul. Do current fundraising efforts have the cultural competency to reach all Americans who might support nonprofits?
Based on a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. donors, Blackbaud's first-ever Diversity in Giving study provides an in-depth analysis of the priorities, values, and attitudes of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic donors. By understanding each group’s giving attitudes and preferences, this study serves as a strong foundation to guide your organization toward a more inclusive—and effective—fundraising approach.
Download : Diversity in Giving - Blackbaud Institute
Malcolm Mandela King | Opinion | madison.com
How is it a mayor of a city showing little improvement in closing the racial gap can say the statistics are "absolutely false"?
Dane County has one of the largest racial disparities in the country when it comes to incarceration, graduation and employment rates. All it takes is one look at Forward Exam statistics to show Madison schools are indeed failing to provide our children a quality education. This is not an opinion or hypothesis, rather a fact.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin claims that "describing Madison as the worst in the country stymies the city's progress." Does he want us to believe that is the problem, instead of the low quality of life many Blacks have grown accustomed to in the city he has led for almost 20 years since 1973?
Read more: It's time for new leadership in Madison -- Malcolm Mandela King | Opinion | madison.com
4/1/2021 0 Comments
By Nina Gehan
2013 -2017: Starting a conversation about diversity at AFP
The year was 2013. A newly published report, the Race to Equity report, from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, had just come off the press. The report documented in detail widespread racial disparities in the city of Madison and Dane County and demonstrated through data that African-Americans fared much worse than whites in nearly every category, and across 40 different well-being indicators. The report, coupled with community organizing by the African-American community including Rev. Alex Gee, who penned the op Ed “Justified Anger” in 2013, brought a new focus on equity in the Dane County community.
In the local non-profit sector it seemed like everyone was talking about the report and Rev. Gee’s op ed. Some were “shocked” or “surprised” to learn disparities had only worsened over the years. Others were happy to finally see the reality they knew existed, or that they had been living with, being talked about publicly. People from all backgrounds came together, conversations sprung up, workgroups were formed, demonstrations were organized…
Read more: AFP Greater Madison | JEDIs and the battle against inequity: How AFP has embraced, confronted the challenge (afpmadison.org)
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