Tag Archives: Anti-Racism


Allyship and Solidarity Work in the Not-for-Profit Sector

February 13, 2019

Acts of charity can be degrading, racist and harmful, but they don’t have to be. Using my own experience as a point of reference, in this piece, I discuss allyship, solidarity work, and the importance of listening (really listening) to those who we seek to help and to serve in the not-for-profit sector. — I … Continue reading

Truth and Reconciliation and Philanthropy, AFP Inclusive Giving Fellow perspective

February 12, 2019

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada over a six year period heard testimony from over 6,000 Residential School Survivors from across Canada. In 2015, the Commission released their final reports and 94 calls to action. It is estimated that 150,000 Indigenous children attended the 80 residential schools in Canada. My mother as a young … Continue reading

How to Create a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Your Small Non-Profit – Part 1

February 7, 2019

Photo: Toronto’s Don Valley, November 2018 If you’re like me, you work for a small non-profit organization where the lean realities of funding mean that there are limited resources to devote to diversity and inclusion (D&I) work. It’s not the easiest kind of work but I believe that diversity and inclusion work is some of … Continue reading

Exotica: Sex and race in face-to-face fundraising

January 9, 2019

Cover Photo by Drop the Label Movement on Unsplash. “But really, where are you from?” – that dreaded question I often received when meeting donors in my first fundraising job. I had begun in the role feeling like I had finally found my path, like I could do anything. I lost that confidence quickly when … Continue reading

“Did he just say that?” – surviving racist comments in the workplace

November 29, 2018

The sad truth is that when someone in the workplace throws a racist comment at you, all the brochures and flyers and seminars on racial harassment fall to the side. All those words of encouragement and hope, the very self that you’ve built to handle the barrage of abuse that waits for you on the … Continue reading

Highlights from my Interview with Tanya De Mello, Equity and Diversity Officer, University of Toronto Scarborough

August 25, 2016

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Tanya (Toni) De Mello, Equity and Diversity Officer, University of Toronto Scarborough on her role at the university and her insights on how an organization could become more inclusive. Tanya De Mello works closely with the Tri-campus Equity Officers to promote inclusion and accessibility within the learning, … Continue reading

Where Are You From?

August 8, 2016

Mam Joof: Stewardship Coordinator at Community Food Centres Canada, Fellow in the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program. Lucia Ly: Fund Development Officer at Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region Inc., Fellow in the Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program. When meeting or getting to know someone, the question “Where are you from?” (or some … Continue reading

Can Philanthropy Learn From Social Movements Like #BlackLivesMatter & Efforts To Stop Anti LGBTQ Laws Like Bill 1523?

April 25, 2016

Imagine if institutional philanthropy could be strengthened by the kind of mutual trust that social movements are getting by matching fundraising strategies with movement building principles. Nonprofits and foundations should consider different ways to build connections with increasingly diverse people who also focus on news and movements which are not always mainstream. Strong citizen organizations … Continue reading

Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement – Part I

April 7, 2016

Philanthropy:  practical benevolence, esp. charity on a large scale – Oxford English Dictionary the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes – oxforddictionaries.com goodwill to fellow members of the human race; especially: active effort to promote human welfare – merriam-webster.com an act or gift … Continue reading

Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate: Love, Fear and Loathing

February 19, 2016

Is it possible to feel love, fear and loathing after hearing a single message? On February 16th, 2016, the tension between these seemingly incompatible yet co-existent emotions was suddenly real to me. I was glued to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s televised announcement about the creation of an anti-racism directorate in Ontario. It wasn’t lost on me … Continue reading