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Whiteness at Work 009: Collecting Courage with Nneka Allen, Camila Vital Nunes Pereira, and Nicole Salmon Whiteness at Work

    • Society & Culture

My guests today are Nneka Allen, Nicole Salmon, and Camila Pereira, the editors and contributing authors of a powerful new book about the lives and perspectives of Black fundraisers in the philanthropic sector, Collecting Courage. We have a candid discussion about identity, the culture of whiteness in philanthropy, and the tradition of philanthropic solutions that Black communities and families across the Western world have created for themselves and their broader society that are rarely recognized.
Collecting Courage is a powerful and moving collection of personal experiences written by Black fundraisers that chip away at the idea of an inherent goodness of the charitable sector. So how can a sector that exudes such external benevolence be the cause and source of pain and trauma in the form of macro and micro aggressions as documented in these stories?
These personal testimonies document racism, survival and the pre-eminence of 14 accomplished Black North American Fundraisers, 5 from the United States and 9 from Canada. This collection of works also speak to the journey of asserting Black identity in all-white work environments. The writers speak of their quest, often thwarted in the charitable sector, to bring to their workplaces the love they have inherited from their struggles to survive in a white dominated society. These brilliant, first-person narratives give voice to a more accurate and complete picture of philanthropy and charity in North America.
A Final Truth is the last chapter in the book and features the poem Fragments, written by Nicole E. Cozier. The editors specifically selected this piece to end the collection of stories because it perfectly encapsulates both the pain of our experiences as well as how Black fundraisers would feel if they worked in oppression-free spaces.
WHERE TO FIND TODAY'S GUESTS:
The Empathy Agency Website - https://www.theempathyagency.caAssociation of Fundraising Professionals: Our Right to Heal - https://afpglobal.org/ourrighttoheal Nneka’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nnekaallen Nicole’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolesalmon1Camila’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/camila-pereira-phd-8b085814/BOOKS & MEDIA REFERENCES:
Collecting Courage: Joy, Pain, Freedom, Love - https://hilborn-civilsectorpress.com/products/collecting-courage 

A Slave’s Love by Savannah Blue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJIEJAVHxDo 

A Snippet of my Diary: Early Memories in Fundraising by Camila Vital Nunes Pereira - https://afpglobal.org/sites/default/files/attachments/generic/BrightPaper_CamilaPeriera.pdf 

Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Madam C. J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy during Jim Crow

Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic Site of Canada - https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=6054

My guests today are Nneka Allen, Nicole Salmon, and Camila Pereira, the editors and contributing authors of a powerful new book about the lives and perspectives of Black fundraisers in the philanthropic sector, Collecting Courage. We have a candid discussion about identity, the culture of whiteness in philanthropy, and the tradition of philanthropic solutions that Black communities and families across the Western world have created for themselves and their broader society that are rarely recognized.
Collecting Courage is a powerful and moving collection of personal experiences written by Black fundraisers that chip away at the idea of an inherent goodness of the charitable sector. So how can a sector that exudes such external benevolence be the cause and source of pain and trauma in the form of macro and micro aggressions as documented in these stories?
These personal testimonies document racism, survival and the pre-eminence of 14 accomplished Black North American Fundraisers, 5 from the United States and 9 from Canada. This collection of works also speak to the journey of asserting Black identity in all-white work environments. The writers speak of their quest, often thwarted in the charitable sector, to bring to their workplaces the love they have inherited from their struggles to survive in a white dominated society. These brilliant, first-person narratives give voice to a more accurate and complete picture of philanthropy and charity in North America.
A Final Truth is the last chapter in the book and features the poem Fragments, written by Nicole E. Cozier. The editors specifically selected this piece to end the collection of stories because it perfectly encapsulates both the pain of our experiences as well as how Black fundraisers would feel if they worked in oppression-free spaces.
WHERE TO FIND TODAY'S GUESTS:
The Empathy Agency Website - https://www.theempathyagency.caAssociation of Fundraising Professionals: Our Right to Heal - https://afpglobal.org/ourrighttoheal Nneka’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nnekaallen Nicole’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolesalmon1Camila’s LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/camila-pereira-phd-8b085814/BOOKS & MEDIA REFERENCES:
Collecting Courage: Joy, Pain, Freedom, Love - https://hilborn-civilsectorpress.com/products/collecting-courage 

A Slave’s Love by Savannah Blue - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJIEJAVHxDo 

A Snippet of my Diary: Early Memories in Fundraising by Camila Vital Nunes Pereira - https://afpglobal.org/sites/default/files/attachments/generic/BrightPaper_CamilaPeriera.pdf 

Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Madam C. J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy during Jim Crow

Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic Site of Canada - https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=6054

1 hr 38 min

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