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Community and Diversity

Our sector cannot return to "normal" because normal was never
good enough-it was not equitable, fair or inclusive enough.
Could the pandemic and the second wave of Black
Lives Matter protests be a catalyst for change in
the charitable and nonprofit sector? Is our sector
taking a hard look at itself and its role in perpetuating
white supremacy, and is it ready to have the hard
conversations? Will this dialogue force organizations
to finally admit that they are not nearly as diverse or as
"woke" as they think they are?

RE-IMAGINING THE FUTURE
Governments in the U.S. and Canada have been slow
to respond to the devastating impacts COVID-19 has
had on the charitable and nonprofit sectors. A recent
Canadian survey notes that 30% of nonprofits indicate
that they had to access their reserves during this time.
(Ontario Nonprofit Network, 2020). In the U.S., reports
show the sector saw 1.6 million in job losses between
March and May 2020 due to the pandemic. (Johns
Hopkins, 2020)
In a sector dominated by women, we are heading
toward a devastating result. We will see a mass exodus
of talented, educated and highly-trained women
leaving our industry with little chance of return.
These statistics are stark, yet our sector remains
relatively silent about this issue. Perhaps there has
been no uproar because of the 70% of women in
our sector, less than 30% hold leadership positions.
Executives and boards are still primarily composed
of older white men who are not impacted and cannot
empathize based on lived experiences (Race to
Lead, 2020).
"How can we fight a battle when we are so utterly
exhausted?" says Cortell Vandersypen. "It's been an
uphill battle from the beginning of this pandemic.
Trying to explain child care issues, discussing the
burden of emotional labor, and the fear of layoffs has
many women in our sector at their breaking point."
What can we do as a sector to not just recover from
COVID-19, but build a more equitable future?

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A STRONG, EQUITABLE SECTOR
The charitable and nonprofit sectors have a significant
role to play in economic recovery around the world.
Social purpose organizations provide support and
services to the most vulnerable members of society.
During COVID-19, our work has never been more
important. The organizations that survive will need
to focus on reimagining their future. Our sector
cannot return to "normal" because normal was never
good enough-it was not equitable, fair or inclusive
enough. We need an intersectional feminist lens on our
recovery. This cannot be a white woman's recovery-
that is not better. This needs to be a recovery that
recognizes our industry lacks the insights and expertise
of Black women and women of color at every level.
As an industry, we must recognize that we continue
to play a role in the gender and racial pay gap. We are
not fairly compensating women for their work; it is
unacceptable and a constant reminder that we have a
lot of work to do as a sector to abolish sexist and racist
hiring, promotion and salary policies.
We need to have bold conversations with donors
and funders about supporting programs and services
for marginalized communities. We need to keep the
message of Black Lives Matter at the forefront of all
we do.
We can and we must do better. What will you do
today to make a difference?

Liz LeClair, CFRE (she/her), is a white
cis-gendered fundraiser based in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada.
LeClair has been a member of AFP
since 2005 and currently chairs AFP's
Women's Impact Initiative, which is
focused on research and advocacy
around women's issues in the sector.

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