Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Fundraising

  • Live two-hour webinars
  • February 7, 21, 28, March 6, 13 and 20, 2024
  • 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EST
  • All Modules are recorded should you miss a date.
  • Participants must complete all three assignments in order to receive CFRE credits and a digital badge.

This series is tailored for universities, university foundations and organizations that are seeking actionable insights for prioritizing and elevating the perspectives and experiences of socially, culturally and economically diverse communities. Ideal participants are committed to identifying areas of fundraising inequity that support systemic racism and changing these fundraising structures to bolster equity.

Participants will explore best practices for establishing a framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work in fundraising, which includes conducting DEI strategic collaboration sessions to create and enhance interventions that can yield impact at scale. Participants will be provided tools to identify priority populations based on data demonstrating such things as increased need, lack of historical representation, or other metrics highlighting inequity. Participants will also receive guidance in conducting asset and transformation mapping, as well as tools to assist you in framing your 3-year strategic fundraising plan.

You should plan to invest a total of 6-8 hours per week, broken down the following way:

  • Weeks 1-6: Weekly 2 hour live Webinar with expert facilitators
  • Instructional content diving deeper into the topics covered in each week’s live session
  • Assignments to support your inclusive philanthropy work
  • Collaboration Sessions 

To accommodate diversity in learning styles, the six weeks include live virtual webinars, small group discussions, individual writing time and peer activities.

Full participation in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Fundraising: Advancing Equity Through Inclusive Philanthropy is applicable for 12 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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Maia McGill
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Recognition of initiatives gaps at the Institutional level relies on research that involves collaboration across the enterprise. This module will explore barriers related to Inclusive Philanthropy and strategic data gathering. The assignment for this module includes collaboration across the organization/institution to include data gathering with the focus on Strategic Pillars (ex: scholarships, enrollment, research, student success, etc.)

By generating philanthropic funding for programs aimed at altering the systems responsible for perpetuating inequities, we foster the development of transformative solutions. Building upon the work established in Module 1, Module 2 will yield substantiated data on funding requirements to address gaps in initiatives for specific populations over the next three years.

Implicit biases can profoundly influence our decision-making processes and in turn affect how we collect and interpret data. In this Module we will deep dive into understanding one-dimensional data, which includes recognizing its limitations in capturing the complexities of racial equity in philanthropy and the negative implications. We will also explore racial inequities built into fundraising norms, with the goal of empowering you on your journey in fostering a more inclusive and equitable philanthropic landscape.

For each of your initiatives gaps identified in Module 1, you will have established funding priorities that will help your institution achieve desired equity outcomes. In this module, you will create brief equity outcome statements that will help guide and organize your fundraising priorities; bringing to the forefront measurable evidence of fundraising performance in collaboration with institutional performance.  The equity outcome statements will also serve as focal points when discussing with donors where they wish to make a meaningful impact.

This module will explore the essential principles and strategies of establishing an Office of Inclusive Philanthropy. This will involve identifying pertinent issues and market voids pertaining to Inclusive Philanthropy; determining the Office’s mission, operational domains as well as strategic objectives of the office and its alignment with your institution’s strategic plan.

This module will activate the extensive collaborative and institutional research that you have devoted yourself to during this course. We will cover the steps involved in creating a Case Statement Outline, incorporating insights from your Asset and Transformation Mapping, as well as your 3-year strategic fundraising plan. This outline can then serve as a blueprint for drafting your formal case statement, offering a clear path for donors dedicated to social justice and equity initiatives.