An Anti-Racist Journey in Fundraising

Early bird registration opens February 26

  • Live two-hour webinars
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 2024
  • 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT
  • All Modules are recorded should you miss a date.
  • Participants must complete all three assignments in order to receive your digital badge in Racial Equity and Inclusive Philanthropy.

This comprehensive webinar series is designed to empower universities, university foundations, organizations and change-makers with the knowledge, tools, and strategies needed to champion anti-racist practices in their fundraising efforts. Ideal participants are fundraising professionals and teams, philanthropists and donors, nonprofit leaders and staff and social impact leaders.

Participants will explore the historical context and systemic issues that contribute to racial inequities in philanthropy and fundraising; gain an understanding of the intersections of race and class (segregationist, assimilationist, and antiracial movements) and the nuanced dynamics of these intersections, shedding light on how inclusive philanthropic approaches counteract assimilationist ideas. We will discuss research studies and explore data tools and resources to inform philanthropy in diverse communities. Participants will also learn how to measure the impact of fundraising initiatives through a lens of racial equity.

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 will include live virtual webinars, reflective writing time, small group discussions, and peer activities.

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Maia McGill
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This module will explore the historical context of inequities and the role of philanthropy in higher education running parallel with the unfolding historical factors that paved the way for contemporary educational inequities. The assignment for this module includes identifying a learner’s positionality relative to their professional commitments in dismantling institutionalized racism, with emphasis on the importance of how learners’ various identities may influence their inclusive fundraising efforts.

Historically, individuals lacking economic resources often faced challenges gaining admission to higher education institutions. As such, the broader landscape of higher education in the United States reveals significant intersections between race and class due to a history marked by inequities. This module is dedicated to exploring the nuanced dynamics of these intersections, specifically examining three distinct approaches—segregationist, assimilationist, and antiracial movements—employed by White institutions and policies toward Black and Brown humanity. Additionally, the module will shed light on how inclusive philanthropic approaches counteract assimilationist ideas, leveraging an asset-based framework to promote a more equitable educational landscape.

Indigenous communities were the first philanthropists of this land. How do we respond to the call to action for philanthropy that requires building meaningful partnerships between institutions and Native communities? During this module, we will consult with indigenous data stewards and researchers and will discuss successful examples of philanthropic initiatives rooted in collaboration with Native communities. We will also explore the critical intersections of philanthropy, indigenous communities and the pursuit of equitable and effective philanthropic engagement.

Data-driven inquiry reveals emerging trends necessary to drive systemic change and engage in restorative practices within your institution that promote inclusion and strengthen community relationships and fundraising outcomes. This module will explore the challenges associated with one-dimensional data use and overall data principles helpful to addressing initiatives gaps. The assignment for this module includes identifying appropriate data sources and analyzing and interpreting data – and its potential limitations – using data tools designed for higher education and advancement.

This module delves into the complex intersection between philanthropy, data, and social justice. We will explore how historical practices like redlining have left lasting imprints on our data landscapes, influencing prospect identification and perpetuating disparities in wealth distribution. Through a lens of racial equity, we will examine the implications of using traditional wealth indicators to construct portfolios and pipelines for people of color. By relying solely on conventional metrics, we risk further marginalizing communities that have been historically excluded from wealth-building opportunities. We will explore strategies for mitigating these biases and fostering a more inclusive approach to philanthropy. This includes reimagining data collection methodologies, challenging assumptions about wealth, and centering the voices and experiences of socially, culturally, and economically diverse communities in decision-making processes.

This module will activate the extensive work to which you have devoted yourself during this course. We will focus on cultivating awareness to inspire meaningful actions; we will engage in reflective exercises to understand personal biases and perspectives that may influence philanthropic decisions; and we will emerge with a refined understanding of how your commitment to inclusive philanthropy can actively contribute to a more equitable society. You will leave with a concrete action plan, equipping you to make a lasting, positive impact on the communities you serve.

Marts&Lundy Client Registration: $425 throughout entire registration period
Early Bird Registration: $425 (ends March 26)
Regular Registration: $500 (begins March 27)
Registration closes April 22