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Community and Diversity

Emerging Leaders,
Emerging Ideas
By Chessie Biggam, CFRE, Ryan Catalani, Chelsi LeBarre and Tommy Wrenn

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ow more than ever, organizations are committed
to addressing anti-racism and creating sustainable
diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. As such,
fundraisers have spent the last several months discussing
what's next-from CEOs to the board of directors to
organizational leadership, there has been thoughtful
dialogue around the topic. However, as more emerging
leaders enter the profession, it's important they have
an opportunity to lend their voice to the conversation
around social justice. Four emerging leaders-three of
whom are AFP 2020 Young Professional honorees-share
their thoughts on DEI and advocacy, along with changes
they'd like to see implemented not just in fundraising and
philanthropy, but throughout the nonprofit sector.

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Chessie Biggam, CFRE, MPA, CNP,
Director of Development, Meritan Inc.,
Memphis (2020 Young Professional Honoree)
As emerging fundraising leaders,
we are the next generation, and it
is our duty to support social justice
and aid in eradicating systemic
racism across all sectors. I asked my
mentor, Candace McRae Walsh, a
Black woman who teaches public
administration and nonprofit
management at the University of Memphis, what she
thinks we can do to change the experiences for those who
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