Philanthropy is a sticky word. It speaks to the altruistic concern for human welfare and the act of transferring resources to remedy inequities within our society. However, philanthropy also evokes power imbalances, patriarchy, and white supremacist values.
With the invigorated attention to systemic racism and its harmful impacts on people and communities, nonprofits of all sizes are reckoning with their role and responsibility. Beyond the statements of solidarity and diversity trainings, nonprofits have the opportunity to reflect on their own internalized norms and systems and make real change — and where better to start than in fundraising?
This Insight session is structured to be a facilitated conversation on how we can be change agents within our profession and sectors on redefining the norms and expectations baked into philanthropy. Through a shared learning of definitions and history, we will collaborate on actions to take, regardless of our position or title, that can contribute to the development of a community-focused approach to funding and advancement.
Recommended readings before this conversation:
- 10 Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising
- DAFs Are a Monument of Wealth and Power That Must Come Down
- White-Focused Philanthropy is on the Way Out; A Philanthropy that Unites Us is Taking Over
Katie Todd (she/her) is the Associate Director of Reunion Giving at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. In this role, she focuses on Leadership Annual Giving opportunities with alumni as well as managing class campaigns for milestone reunions. Since 2009, Katie has worn many hats in small to medium-sized nonprofits, from communications to volunteer management to development. She is committed to being an antiracist advocate and is grateful for the learnings and accountability provided by those in this work. She’s a proud graduate of two land-grant universities: University of Arizona (BA in English/Political Science) and UNC – Chapel Hill (Master of Public Administration). Katie lives in Durham with her husband, Saad, and their cat, Milo. When she’s not working, you’ll find her on the tennis court, engaging with Girls on the Run, or in a bookstore.
Katie says about her role as facilitator, “I am here to hold space, to offer a foundation of learning, and to broach tough questions. However, I do not have all the answers nor do I identify as an expert. I am deeply dedicated to breaking from how philanthropy continues to play out within our society and am eager to do so in a community of fellow passionate leaders.”
Date: Aug. 31, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cost: Free to AFP Triangle Chapter Members;
$25.00 for Non-AFP Members