Tag Archives: Inclusion


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

Learning the Lived Experience; differences between lived and learned experiences in non-profit storytelling

January 31, 2019

As a young African professional working on International Development issues (outside of the continent), it is an interesting position to be maneuvering especially when it comes to the stories and narratives being projected about marginalized populations within. On one hand, I understand the rationale behind communication and marketing tools to connect donors to harsh realities. … Continue reading

Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness

January 23, 2019

I previously wrote on this blog about how my work as a fundraiser has truly changed my perspective, in a positive way, on my own reality and also that of others. This magical mix of philanthropic goodness has created for me unexpected learning opportunities about human nature and human behaviour. Observing the incredible growth of … Continue reading

The Power of Just Being Ourselves

January 22, 2019

Sometimes to make a difference, being ourselves can do good. I recently went through a long period of dealing with impostor syndrome. You know, that feeling of ‘charade’ that makes you question your successes and achievements. Well, this state of mind quickly took hold during a diversity and inclusion training as part of the Fellowship … Continue reading

How Coming to Terms with my Disability Has Made me a Better Fundraiser

January 22, 2019

Age four. What do you remember from that time in your life? You likely have memories of your parents, your siblings, and a much loved pet or favourite toy. I have those treasured memories, but I also have the recollection of a diagnosis with a chronic disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. All these years later, turns out … 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

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