Tag Archives: Inclusion


“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

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

Flush with Change

August 9, 2016

Ideally, organizations and everyday people should be proactive about what they can do internally to ensure an inclusive workplace environment for trans and gender nonconforming people. The movement may be new to some and while others are more familiar – we all simultaneously need to be considering how we can support and advocate for transgender … Continue reading

I’m Not Going To Spend My Life Being A Colour

June 24, 2016

When Michael Jackson’s Black or White came out when I was in elementary school, I found my theme song. I loved the rhythm, the beat and lyrics of the song. And to be honest I loved Michael Jackson so any song of his I heard, I loved. It wasn’t until I got older that I … Continue reading

Why Inclusion is Easy When You are Raised by Hippies…Diversity Not So Much?

May 27, 2016

I was raised by hippies…I don’t know if they thought of themselves that way but that’s what they were. We didn’t go to parks to play – we went to folk festivals. We didn’t have rules so much as opportunities to make mistakes and learn from them. Music was a vital part of our daily … Continue reading

York Region – Diversity is the Ingredient and Inclusion is the Mixer

April 11, 2016

Welcome to York Region! We would like to talk about the growing diversity in this region, why it is unique and what some of the opportunities and challenges are for charitable/not-for-profit organizations to become more inclusive and to strengthen their relationships and partnerships with these diverse communities. When we talk about fundraising, everyone looks to … Continue reading

Towards a Framework for Cross-Sectoral Engagement in Fundraising

December 18, 2015

As an Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellow I have given the topic of inclusive leadership in the fundraising sector much thought. Initiatives such as this fellowship program are indicative of the Ontario Government and the fundraising sector’s commitment to enhance diverse, equitable and inclusive leadership. To realize this aim, it is essential that a robust framework … Continue reading