We're excited to announce the launch of The Ethical Rainmaker! A podcast where we host authentic conversations grappling with the questions we don't often ask in the nonprofit world. Sign up for updates and new episodes and follow @theethicalrainmaker on Insta and FB !
Part 2: The Racist Roots of NonProfits & Philanthropy w Christina Shimizu LIVE
By popular demand, Christina Shimizu is back as a guest for Part 2 of The Racist Roots of Nonprofits & Philanthropy, LIVE at the Washington Nonprofits conference! “How on Earth can we solve the issues our communities face if we can't first acknowledge that there is a problem?” On this, the last episode of Season 2, Michelle and Christina go deeper with the recent history of how some of our ethos in philanthropy came to be, why philanthropy is built on deep injustices and a little about community centric fundraising. Remember...if we don’t examine how these things came to be, we can never hope to reimagine them, improve them or do better, to benefit the communities we are trying to serve.
Surthrival w Kishshana Palmer
In this episode, Michelle speaks with Kishshana Palmer, the Let’s Take This Offline podcast, The Rooted Collaborative and Kishshana + Co about living well to lead well, performative alllyship, authenticity, financial fortitude and her new podcast! Please join us for this rich conversation!
Reparations and Truth Telling w Dr David Ragland
“In this moment, people are committing to be reparationist and committing to reparations as a spiritual practice. At the same time, this is one of the most vibrant moments for the discussion of reparations, and I've never seen the proliferation of more reparations organizations, and that's wonderful.” In this episode, Michelle speaks with Dr. David Ragland, Director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign, about what reparations really is, police violence, inequity, complicity how to create cultures of truth telling. We go deep. Join us!
Billionaires, DAFs, and the Changing Face of Philanthropy w Teddy Schleifer of Vox's Recode
Billionaires in America are changing the landscape of philanthropy. Journalist Teddy Schleifer of Vox’s Recode Daily podcast, joins Michelle to talk about what Billionaires are doing with their money, the debate about Donor Advised Funds, and large scale philanthropy. “One thing society might not appreciate is how much those entities [large East Coast Foundations] are going to seem like small potatoes. The amount of money being made in Silicon Valley and is theoretically going to be deployed to the charitable sector...is enormous.”
Rewind: White Women as Gatekeepers w/ Fleur Larsen
“A lot of us, white women, are coming to our work with some deep martyrdom as the motivator. And this equation of ‘my worth is dependent on how helpful I am…’ well, helping is just the sunny-side of control.” We're on spring break! And since so many new listeners have joined us lately, we’re going to air our most popular episode from Season 1: White Women as Gatekeepers, featuring Fleur Larsen! With white women as the primary demographic of the nonprofit workforce, this episode begins addressing white women in their role as gatekeepers. In this episode, Fleur Larsen, a DEI consultant and a white woman, talks with Michelle to answer questions like: Why are there so many white DEI consultants making money off of racism? What does gatekeeping look like? How do you know you are gatekeeping and what should you do when you are called out? How do you call out a gatekeeper?
Deschooling and Decolonization w/ Akilah Richards
With her podcast, Fare of the Free Child, a Ted Talk, 10 books out and an entire network devoted to the unschooling community, hundreds of thousands of people have been tuning in to Akilah Richards’ body of work. In this episode, Michelle talks with Akilah about how we can decolonize ourselves, centering community and unschooling, which Akilah defines as “...shedding the programming and habits that resulted from other people's agency over your time, body, thoughts or actions [and] designing and practicing beliefs that align with your desire to thrive, be happy and succeed...” This celebrated speaker, and organizer has just published her latest book, Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work. Tune in - you don’t want to miss this conversation.
A fresh and needed perspective on building an equitable world
Love love love. Thank you for sharing this much needed view on building power in reciprocal and grounded ways. Such important views to relearn.
An Absolute Must
This podcast, as a whole, resonates with me on many levels. Professionally, I’m captivated by the thought provoking nature of the content. Personally, I’m driven to better advocate and ally for others and myself. The show notes are a must, but be prepared to block your schedule and go down a rabbit hole of knowledge.
This podcast is absolutely non profit fundraisers. As a white woman just beginning to understand how I am complicit in systems of white privilege and institutional racism, this is invaluable information as I work to be actively anti racist in the workplace.