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Community and Diversity
are marginalized within our industry. She says, "We can all
learn something from people who've had life experiences
different from ours, but it can't work if people aren't
genuinely interested in listening with their ears and hearts,
and they aren't willing to step out of their comfort zones to
try new things."
Young professionals can build diverse, equitable and
inclusive communities within the fundraising sector in
several ways:
1.	

2.	

Acknowledge the presence and effects of racism in
the fundraising profession. Once you acknowledge
it, be open to educating those around you about
racism-whether conscious or unconscious-to
catalyze change for a better future.
Create welcoming environments for donors,
volunteers, supporters, board members, employees
and the communities you serve. To guarantee
diversity, we also have to provide opportunities for
Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) to
have a seat at the table in fundraising, philanthropy
and across the nonprofit sector.

3.	

Don't be afraid to use your social media to promote
social justice. Social media provides us the ability to
amplify our voices and increase advocacy in these
areas. Although some people underestimate the
power of social media, it has the ability to amplify
awareness and increase advocacy and collaboration.
The Certified B Corporation provides useful antiracism tools that you can use.

4.	

Donate your time and talents. Volunteer at
organizations that support anti-racism and other
social justice causes or become a mentor and make
genuine connections.

McRae Walsh also encourages nonprofit professionals
to strive to do our work in ways that promote equality
and equity. "Equality, by definition, is when we work
to ensure that everyone has access to the same
opportunities. Equity is when we practice proportional
representation (via race, gender, sexual orientation,
and other areas). When seeking to promote these
opportunities, there is a difference. Practicing these two
things will force us 'to talk the talk' and 'walk the walk.' "
I'm proud to work for an organization that has a board
and leadership team that comprises 56% BIPOC and 44%
women. However, nonprofits across the board need more
diversity at the board, leadership and manager levels.
McRae Walsh says, "find ways for our young professionals
to engage in open and honest discussions about the
cultural realities we all bring with us to the workplace. To
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promote true diversity of thought and action, we must
get away from the notion of 'but we've always done it this
way' or 'if it isn't broke, don't fix it.' Perhaps, we need to
get more comfortable taking on new ideas and working
on perfecting them so that they become part of 'the way
we always do things,' too."
As emerging nonprofit professionals, we have a
very important role to play in amplifying, advocating,
educating, and when opportunities allow, creating
spaces for young BIPOC fundraisers to have a seat at
the table.

Ryan Catalani, Director of Advancement,
Hawaii Children's Action Network,
Honolulu, HI (2020 Young Professional Honoree)
As young professionals, we
have the power to shape the
fundraising field for decades to
come. All fundraisers must work
toward eradicating racism and
other systems of oppression. As
emerging leaders, we have a special
responsibility to ensure these
structures don't persist for yet
another generation. I know it's easier said than done-
and not only because of the individual acts of prejudice
that many of us confront. To truly disentangle our field
from white supremacy, we need to fundamentally
reimagine the way we fund nonprofits.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Philanthropy is
commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist
to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice
which make philanthropy necessary." As a fundraiser, I
struggle with this admonition-and paradox-each day.
Nonprofits providing essential services are funded, in
large part, by private philanthropy. But those services are
made necessary by the same dynamic that enables largescale philanthropy: the unequal and unjust accumulation
of wealth and privilege. Our first step must be to
acknowledge that, like almost every other area of society,
white supremacy runs through the very foundation
from which the nonprofit sector was built. By working
together, I'm optimistic that we can change this.
We need bold ideas, like pushing foundations to spend
more than 5% of their endowments annually, normalizing
unrestricted funding that allows nonprofit staff to earn
a living wage, and advocating to change government
policies to ensure everyone's basic needs are met. There
are already thoughtful conversations happening across
the country, from AFP's webinars to the burgeoning

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