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Community and Diversity
work. Two years ago, when I was president-elect, I helped
design and lead WID's first-ever Diversity and Inclusion
Task Force, which delved deeply into the fabric of our
organization. It examined the reasons that WID was not
diverse and what we could do to change that.
I have since transitioned that task force into an
Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Committee to continue
this work for WID, hopefully well into the future.
However, in addition to the task force, there were other
needs. From the incredible feedback I received from
women of color, I knew there was still a demand for a
space specifically designed for the unique experience
of being a woman of color on both the fundraising
and philanthropic sides of the nonprofit sector. So, I
created that space: Women of Color in Fundraising and
Philanthropy (WOC, pronounced "woke"), to celebrate,
champion and support women of color in these sectors
and to provide them with personal and professional
development resources.

of Giving," by Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D., which
examines the role of Black women's philanthropy during the
Jim Crow era. This will be a very special dialogue because,
for women of color, in both fundraising and philanthropy,
impostor syndrome can run rife. WOC is here to remind
us that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Yes, we may
sometimes be the "first" or the "only" person, but we, too,
have a robust legacy of which we can be proud. Holding
our heads high, we look to a future where we occupy far
more "seats at the table" of success and leadership. In the
spirit of collaboration and trust-which is imperative among
women of color-we are delighted to partner with another
organization championing women of color fundraisers for
the November book event-F3 Atlanta.
Since many of us are already fundraisers or philanthropists
in some form, even if it is not our direct profession, WOC
programming also finds ways to build community by tackling
universal yet deeply personal issues. Indeed, WOC members
are health care professionals who fight domestic abuse

At WOC, we build community so that we can develop,
enhance and embrace best practices; find solutions for the
challenges faced by women of color in various sectors; and
celebrate each other, while amplifying our voices.
As WOC's community-building work has been
underway for a while, it did not take long for our
membership to grow to nearly 700 individuals
nationwide and internationally. From my experiences
and expertise in fundraising strategy and philanthropic
counsel, I recognized the importance of bringing
everyone together into one community to maximize our
impact. As a result, WOC offers a robust programming
schedule, including the newly launched WOC Votes
2020 Voter Activation Campaign, in partnership with
the League of Women Voters and PowHer the Vote.
We are also planning WOC's first-ever daylong virtual
Symposium on Nov. 17. WOC is accomplishing this,
in addition to providing professional assessments for
fundraisers, philanthropists, advisers and so much more.
At WOC, we build community so that we can develop,
enhance and embrace best practices; find solutions for the
challenges faced by women of color in various sectors; and
celebrate each other, while amplifying our voices. One of
the WOC events we are most looking forward to is a Nov.
9 book discussion about "Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel
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with their time and dollars, as much as they are high-level
development executives at major institutions and founders
of giving circles and philanthropic officers. This is the spirit
of WOC, along with the mantra of working together, as our
members sometimes do on their own. Recently, a WOC
member received the opportunity to present her CEO
with recommendations on DEI. As part of the process, she
developed a workshop with a fellow group of WOC members.
Her approach, along with a recent event, reminded me of
the reasons I founded WOC. Our recent WOC Connections
Week, where we all came together to network and support
each other, focused on several different workshops. From
planning year-end campaigns to working in higher education,
and from establishing development operations to learning
how to be a philanthropists, we are doing the necessary good
work and building community. The excitement is palpable,
because at WOC, there is something for everyone.
Another component of maximizing the impact of good
work is understanding the role of allyship in championing
women of color in fundraising and philanthropy. Given the
current racial equity movement, I received a great deal of
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