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Community and Diversity
Community-Centric Fundraising Initiative. Books, such as
Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva and Winners Take
All by Anand Giridharadas, have also helped to elevate
the national profile of this discussion.
We will also need collective action. It will take
humility, trust and courage from fundraisers and
funders to jointly navigate a better path forward.
AFP should also continue to play an essential role by
creating space for these conversations and educating
the public on why it's necessary.
By keeping our common goal-a better world
unencumbered by racism, sexism, colonialism and other
oppressive systems-at the top of our mind, I'm hopeful
we can finally turn it into a reality.

It is no coincidence that:

Chelsi LeBarre, Director of Development
and Community Engagement, Oklahoma
Humanities, Oklahoma City

The data show that we are better when we are
inclusive, and data doesn't lie.
Moreover, young professionals can and should actively
leverage their networks and platforms to ensure other
perspectives are shared, which can include:

Young professionals lead the way
in many areas to drive anti-racism
work, using social media as the
primary vehicle to find, gather and
share relevant information.
Just as we all have played a role
in the continuation of racism and
white supremacy, we must all seek
to play an active role in undoing
those systems and beliefs. Political activist and author
Huey P. Newton once said, "The revolution has always
been in the hands of the young," and those words still ring
true today. Though the way we communicate, advocate,
and fight for change looks different now than in the
generations before us, it's up to emerging leaders to step
up and be the guiding force in our homes, organizations
and communities.
We must hold our organizations accountable
and ensure that we're not merely "woke-washing"
racism with empty platitudes. Let's be the ones to
bring forth and push for data-driven action plans and
accountability measures.
Within organizations, such as AFP and other
specialty nonprofit organizations, we have the
opportunity to hold real, constructive conversations,
but we have to reconcile with the past to create a
better future. By focusing on diversity, equity and
inclusion, we can learn how to tear down the walls
that divide us and create communities and spaces that
celebrate our differences. It is through true inclusivity
that we will elevate our professional experiences.

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*	 Companies with higher-than-average diversity
had 19% higher innovation revenues.
(Harvard Business Review)
*	 Diverse teams outperform individual decisionmakers up to 87% of the time. (Harvard Business
Review)
*	 Inclusive teams outperform their peers by 80% in
team-based assessments (Deloitte)
*	 Companies practicing diversity are 70% more likely
to capture a new market. (Harvard Business Review)
*	 Inclusive workplaces show higher levels of engaged
workers. (SHRM)

*	 Inviting people of color to speak with you or sharing
their work and crediting them appropriately.
*	 Holding your organization accountable to take a
stance on anti-racism work, including implementing
measurable action items.
*	 Creating forums, networking opportunities,
workshops, conferences and other events centered
around listening to, learning from, and uplifting
marginalized communities.
Historically, our industry has used band-aids to cover
up the fallout from systemic oppression. There are many
things the nonprofit sector can do to go from simply
treating the symptoms to actually dismantling the root
causes of the issue.
I want to see leadership questioning the status quo,
including:
*	 Looking inwardly to find out how your organization's
programming may disparately impact communities
of color.
*	 Asking the hard questions:
>	 What is the demographic makeup of our
donor base?
>	 Are our donors reflective of the community
we serve?

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