An Anti-Racist Journey in Fundraising

  • Live two-hour webinars
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8
  • 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 CFRE points and a digital badge.

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.

In order to challenge the status quo in fundraising and philanthropy, the future of fundraising must be anti-racist. The goal for this webinar series is to facilitate an understanding of what segregationist and assimilationist ideas are – and how philanthropy and the fundraising sector have adopted assimilationist ideas that have led to racist movements towards Black and Brown humanity. Throughout this course, participants will identify a series of best practices that counteracts assimilationist ideas, leveraging an anti-racist and asset-focused framework to advance racial equity and inclusive philanthropy.

Participants will be provided tools to help identify policies or programming within their institution or organization that systemically devalues Black and Brown humanity. You will also receive guidance in conducting Data Mapping & Visualization with your work culminating in assisting you with creating a Racial Equity in Fundraising and Philanthropy Scorecard ™  that will help you identify and accurately share data points and facilitate conversations with leadership, your teams, stakeholders and donors about the state of fundraising and philanthropy in addressing racial disparities at your institution or your organization.

During the course, we will explore and discuss Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How To Be An AntiRacist. Please note that you are not required to purchase this book for the course. You can learn more about Dr. Kendi, this book, and his many other works here.

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 anti-racist journey
  • 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.

Full participation in An Anti-Racist Journey in Fundraising: Advancing Racial Equity and Inclusive Philanthropy is applicable for 12 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Inclusive Philanthropy Institute
Maia McGill

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This module will explore the history of institutionalized racism and how our current fundraising practices, data gathering, organizational policies, and philanthropic models perpetuates white supremacy, colonization, and inequity.  The assignment for this module is designed to assist learners in examining how different ethnic and racial groups have the potential to be affected by a current or proposed policy, institutional or organizational practice or current or proposed strategic plan. The assignment will also identify the learners’ 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.

Early Bird Registration July 15-August 2: $425 per person
General Registration August 3-18: $500 per person
Marts&Lundy Client Registration: $425 per person throughout the registration period