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Community and Diversity

Swept Under the Rug:
The Issue of Diversity in Our Sector

By Tanya Rumble, CFRE,
and Mariya Yurukova, CFRE

One of the best things about working in the nonprofit sector is the
opportunity to see the best in people-when they are moved and inspired
to help others. Many of us who work in the nonprofit sector are deeply
committed to improving our communities.

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owever, we also need to do the hard, uncomfortable
work of examining some painful truths about our
industry. We cherish the image of nonprofit professionals
as do-gooders working for noble organizations, fighting the
good fight. So, when confronted with our industry's difficult
realities, we tend to sweep it under the rug and minimize
it. We try not to tarnish our reputation and risk diminished
fundraising success.
The reality is the nonprofit community still perpetuates
many of the diversity issues affecting our society. It was
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established to celebrate the philanthropy of the privileged.
It supported the disadvantaged without questioning the
concept of privilege. Many of our fundraising practices,
both historic and current, favor the image of philanthropists
as older white men. Black, Indigenous, and people of color
(BIPOC) and LGBTQ2S members ("2S" refers to "two-spirit,"
a term used by members of Indigenous people) within
our community are underrepresented in governance,
management and junior roles, and they often experience
harassment, discrimination and microaggressions from
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