Tag Archives: Diversity


“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

The Sector’s Much Needed New Year’s Resolution: Redefine Our Culture of Philanthropy

January 13, 2017

Amongst the two cohorts of AFP Inclusive Giving Fellows, there is a combination of new graduates, volunteers, founders of social profits, community organizers, consultants and more working in the fields of education, public policy, youth engagement and beyond; all of us joined by the common interest of leading the fundraising profession to “…better reflect and … Continue reading

Diversity, Data and Donations: Key Findings to Maximize Your Donor Base

December 5, 2016

When I was the Associate Director of Donor Services and Operations at Free The Children (now www.We.org), I had the opportunity to work with Nielsen (http://www.nielsen.com/ca/en.html). Nielsen, an international consumer research and data analytics firm, conducted a pro bono project for our organization as part of their annual charitable giving day which benefitted their corporate … Continue reading

Donors 3.0 — “Show Me The … Diversity?”

November 14, 2016

Has this ever happened to you? You are sipping coffee with a potential donor when he or she asks you: “By the way, who is on your Board of Directors?” In my career as a fundraiser so far, in the arts and for post-graduate education, this question has never been addressed to me—yet. But I … Continue reading

Yom Kippur’s Universal Lessons

October 21, 2016

Children going back to school, brightly coloured falling leaves and shorter days are universal signs that summer has ended. For the Jewish community, the fall also brings with it a new year. Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year in September or October,the exact date varies from year to year as the Jewish calendar … Continue reading

How Youth Leadership is Impacting Philanthropy and D&I

September 6, 2016

Having worked with five non-profits and charities thus far in my early career, I have started to notice that there is a specific type of voice adding tremendous value to the philanthropic dialogue – the unique voice of youth engagement. The truth is, fundraisers in functional roles within charitable organizations cannot do what they do … Continue reading

Donor-centric = Diversity & Inclusion

August 26, 2016

What does it mean to be donor-centric? Is it to know the donor behind the donation? I consider myself a newbie in Fundraising having only been in this field for 1.5 years. Seeing the different ways that not-for-profits are communicating with their donors has taught me a lot. It taught me that being donor-centric is … 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

When Diversity is Invisible…

July 28, 2016

Having worked in the non-profit and charitable sector as a young professional over the last four years, I’ve started to gain a better sense of how personal identity and diversity factor into people’s experiences with these organizations and causes. A client or donor’s investment, I have found, is strengthened and more personalized when they learn … Continue reading