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feedback from non-people of color,
asking "What can I do to help?" For
this reason, I established the Allies
in Action Membership Network
(AiA). As the opening statement of
AiA attests, "It is not a Black person's
responsibility to teach white people
about racism." However, there is
currently too much at stake to
not consider allyship. As a result, I
determined that I am open to those
sincere and genuinely ready to give
up their privilege to create a more
just and equitable society. I am here,
and WOC is here, to move that effort
forward.
While its work began earlier
on, AiA was officially launched
with a Global Gathering in July,
which featured an expert panel of
allies from both fundraising and
philanthropy. AiA, which now has

more than100 members across the
nation, is based upon four pillars:
education, legislation, inclusion and
action. We have since delivered
a transformative anti-racism
seminar and continue to move our
programming forward, with the
goal of supporting WOC in its work
for women of color. One of the AiA
values I am most excited about is
the "action" pillar, which includes
a year-end giving philanthropic
component. Allies Give 2020 will
consist of each ally giving a gift
amount that is meaningful to him or
her toward causes that champion
women and girls of color and racial
equity. It is not collective giving in
the traditional sense; rather, it is
individual giving with a collective
spirit. My team will provide
philanthropic counsel to this end,

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building a portfolio for the allies to
use in their giving. With this effort, we
are directly going to help move the
racial and gender equity movements
forward! We will accomplish this while
the simultaneous life-changing process
of allyship work continues.
WOC and its initiatives remind
women of color that there are many
of us with similar ideas and ideals, and
we need to support one another as
best we can, while moving our work
forward. For more than a decade now,
I have worked to champion women in
fundraising and philanthropy. There
is a lot of work to do, and we welcome
our sisters who are also along for this
journey toward equity for women of
color in fundraising and philanthropy.
These endeavors reflect a good
deal of work. Yet it is so worth it. I am
humbled by the opportunity to work
with so many talented individuals
who are helping my efforts to advance
women of color in fundraising and
philanthropy. For me, the time is now,
and the place is WOC. I am happy to be
the captain of this ship as it sails into the
horizon of equity for women of color.
With each initiative, each effort, each
connection, we can see equity coming
toward us, one success at a time.
Yolanda F. Johnson is the founder and
president of YFJ Consulting LLC, founder
of Women of Color in Fundraising and
Philanthropy (WOC), founder of the
Allies in Action Membership Network
and president of Women In Development
(WID), NY. A classically trained performing
artist, Yolanda is a music educator
and composer, performing in musical
venues, including opera, concert, oratorio
and sacred music. She has used her
performance background for fundraising
and philanthropic success through her All
the World's A Stage workshops. Yolanda
also serves on several boards, including
the Hudson River Museum, PowHer NY
and the Foundation for Post Conflict
Development.
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