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Black fund development professionals and fundraisers bring invaluable perspective to their roles, especially within nonprofit agencies serving the Black community. Unfortunately, their perspective isn’t always welcomed, heard, or celebrated in their workplaces. Tune in to hear Black fundraisers shed light on challenges they face in the workplace, how they are responding to and overcoming those challenges to achieve success.

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Black fund development professionals and fundraisers bring invaluable perspective to their roles, especially within nonprofit agencies serving the Black community. Unfortunately, their perspective isn’t always welcomed, heard, or celebrated in their workplaces. Tune in to hear Black fundraisers shed light on challenges they face in the workplace, how they are responding to and overcoming those challenges to achieve success.

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    Women of Color in Fundraising & Philanthropy Get it Done! Period

    Women of Color in Fundraising & Philanthropy Get it Done! Period

    **ABOUT THE BLACK FUNDRAISERS' PODCAST**

    The Black Fundraisers' Podcast was founded in 2021 by Kia Croom, a 20-year nonprofit fund development & fundraising professional and DEI champion. To learn more about Kia’s work or to connect with her visit www.kiacroom.com.

    We encourage you to email the Black Fundraisers’ Podcast with suggestions for show topics, inquiries, advertising and sponsorship opportunities at Blackfundraiserspodcast@gmail.com. 

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    **ABOUT TODAY’S EPISODE**

    We’re celebrating the contributions Women of Color have made and continue to make in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. Today’s guest is Yolanda F. Johnson, Founder and President of Women of Color in Fundraising & Philanthropy (WOC). WOC is a membership that celebrate, inspires and develops Women of Color committed to working in fundraising and philanthropy spaces. 

    To learn more about WOC and to register for their 2021 virtual Symposium taking place, November 16, 2021 click here: https://www.woc-fp.com/



    **ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST**

    With a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, Yolanda F. Johnson is both a philanthropy and fundraising expert, successfully having led fundraising operations for a wide range of nonprofit organizations, launching creative event, sponsorship and marketing initiatives that produced new streams of both contributed and earned income. Her  fundraising expertise includes securing foundation, corporate, and government funding and cultivating a diverse major gifts portfolio. Her philanthropic work includes counseling philanthropists on where to  direct their resources, and through her own YFJ Philanthropies, she personally gives back to causes supporting racial and gender equity, those with disabilities and the arts.

    In addition to leading YFJ Consulting, LLC, Yolanda is the Founder of WOC, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy®  and Founder of Allies in Action Membership Network in addition to the President of Women In Development, NY (WID). 




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    • 29 min
    A Look at the AFP: 2021 Assessment of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Survey Results w/ Birgit Burton, AFP Chair-elect

    A Look at the AFP: 2021 Assessment of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access Survey Results w/ Birgit Burton, AFP Chair-elect

    ABOUT THE BLACK FUNDRAISERS' PODCAST

    The Black Fundraisers' Podcast was founded in 2021 by Kia Croom, a 20-year nonprofit fund development & fundraising professional and DEI champion. To learn more about Kia’s work or to connect with her visit www.kiacroom.com.

    Email the Black Fundraisers’ Podcast with suggestions for show topics, inquiries, advertising and sponsorship opportunities at Blackfundraiserspodcast@gmail.com. 

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    ABOUT TODAY’S EPISODE

    Birgit Burton, Chair-elect, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global stopped by the Black Fundraisers’ Podcast to debrief on findings from the AFP 2021 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (I.D.E.A.) Survey.

    [Download the full AFP 2021 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (I.D.E.A.) Survey](https://afpglobal.org/sites/default/files/attachments/resource/IDEAReport2021.pdf)



    ABOUT TODAY’S GUEST

    Birgit Burton is the founder and CEO of the African American Development Officers (AADO) Network and chair-elect for the Association of Fundraising Professionals global board. She has the distinction of being the first African American woman in AFP’s 60-year history to serve in this role. She is also the immediate past chair of the IDEA Committee (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access). 

    After 25 years of Leadership as the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Georgia Tech, Birgit is retiring to lead AADO full-time, to take the organization to new heights. We wish to congratulate her on her retirement and to celebrate her for all that she’s doing to increase the pipeline of Black development professionals. We could never repay her for all she does to foster more inclusion within the sector.


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    • 38 min
    Fundraising at the Intersection of Blackness and Womanhood

    Fundraising at the Intersection of Blackness and Womanhood

    ABOUT THE BLACK FUNDRAISERS' PODCAST

    The Black Fundraisers' Podcast was founded in 2021 by Kia Croom, a 20-year nonprofit fund development & fundraising professional and DEI champion. To learn more about Kia visit www.kiacroom.com

    Email the Black Fundraisers' Podcast at Blackfundraiserspodcast@gmail.com with suggestions for show topics or inquiries around advertising and sponsorship.

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    ABOUT TODAY'S EPISODE

    Nneka Allen, Camila Vital Nunes Pereira and Nicole Salmon are three Black, female nonprofit fundraisers and co-editors/co-authors of “Collecting Courage.” They sat down with me to discuss their harrowing experiences with anti-Black Racism in the sector and the racial trauma they’ve sustained as a result.

    I share a few teasers from the book and indulge the ladies in a heartfelt discussion in which we share laughs, tears, encouragement, and support for one another.



    ABOUT THE BOOK, COLLECTING COURAGE: JOY, PAIN, FREEDOM, LOVE

    Collecting Courage: Joy, Pain, Freedom, Love is a collection of stories documenting racism and survival by 14 accomplished Black fundraisers working in charities across North America. With searing and intimate detail, they write about their experiences with anti-Black racism—about coping with being last hired, first fired, overlooked for promotion to outright hostility in toxic workplaces. Their testimony chips away at the idea of the inherent goodness of the charitable sector.

    In addition to the editors Nneka Allen, Camila Vital Nunes Pereira and Nicole Salmon, contributors to Collecting Courage include Birgit Burton, Christal Cherry, Kishshana Palmer, Heba Mahmoud, Mide Akerewusi, Naimah Bilal, Niambi Martin-John, Fatou Jammeh, Muthoni Kariuki, Sherrie James and Marva Wisdom.



    Buy the book here:       https://hilborn-civilsectorpress.com/collections/featured-books/products/collecting-courage

    Learn more or connect with the authors here:     https://www.collectingcourage.org/



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Exploring Racial Justice in Philanthropy: with David Daniels, President & CEO, Bainum Family Foundation

    Exploring Racial Justice in Philanthropy: with David Daniels, President & CEO, Bainum Family Foundation

    The Black Fundraisers' Podcast was founded in 2021 by Kia Croom, a 20-year nonprofit fund development & fundraising professional and DEI champion. Learn more about Kia Croom at www.kiacroom.com.

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    ABOUT THIS EPISODE'S GUEST

    David Daniels is the President & CEO of the Bainum Family Foundation. He's has been part of the Foundation team since 2012, serving in a variety of leadership roles. Most recently, as Chief Operating Officer, he oversaw the implementation and operational activities for all programs and initiatives — translating the Foundation’s mission, vision and goals into sustainable processes, systems and procedures to deliver quality program services. He also served as internal leader of the organization — promoting a high-performing culture that fostered the Foundation’s core values of continuous learning, integrity, collaboration and commitment.



    Prior to joining the Foundation, Daniels served as Principal of Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland; Mount Vernon Academy in Mount Vernon, Ohio; and Liberty Christian Academy in Columbus, Ohio.  In addition to his role at the Foundation, Daniels serves on the boards of Maryland Philanthropy Network and Pine Forge Academy. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Finance, from Franklin University and a bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from Wilmington University.



    To learn more about the Bainum Family Foundation visit https://bainumfdn.org/




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    • 44 min
    Lifting As We Climb: Inspiring BIPOC Women Entrepreneurs with Ayris T. Scales, President & CEO Walker's Legacy

    Lifting As We Climb: Inspiring BIPOC Women Entrepreneurs with Ayris T. Scales, President & CEO Walker's Legacy

    Today we're discussing how Walker's Legacy is cultivating BIPOC, female entrepreneurs amid a global pandemic

    The Black Fundraisers' Podcast was founded in 2021 by Kia Croom, a 20-year nonprofit fund development professional and DEI champion. Learn more about Kia Croom at www.kiacroom.com. 

    Email the Black Fundraisers' Podcast by at Blackfundraiserspodcast@gmail.com for show ideas, inquiries, advertising and more.

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    **ABOUT THIS EPISODE'S GUEST**

    Ayris T. Scales has built a strong reputation as a champion of women, entrepreneurs, and underinvested communities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Scales has nearly 20 years of leadership experience at both the local and national levels addressing racial and gender inequities. In 2018, Ayris was appointed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the District’s official Chief Service Officer where she led Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships.

    Scales has nearly 20 years of leadership experience at both the local and national levels addressing racial and gender inequities. In 2018, Ayris was appointed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the District’s official Chief Service Officer where she led Serve DC, the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships.

    Scales utilizes a mission-centered approach to driving solutions which has led to transformative public-private partnerships with numerous global brands, as well as innovative policies and initiatives in which she has secured over $50M in funding, and overseen more than $100M in grants and subsidies. Ayris has centered her career on creating access, driving solutions, and amplifying authentic messaging. She has held leadership roles in Indianapolis, Savannah, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, DC in all three sectors.

    To learn more about Walker's Legacy visit: https://www.walkerslegacy.org/






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    • 43 min
    Exploring Racial Justice in Philanthropy with Fred Blackwell, President & CEO, San Francisco Foundation

    Exploring Racial Justice in Philanthropy with Fred Blackwell, President & CEO, San Francisco Foundation

    About the Black Fundraisers' Podcast

    The Black Fundraisers's Podcast was founded in 2021 by Kia Croom, a 20-year nonprofit fund development professional and DEI champion. Learn more about Kia Croom at www.kiacroom.com.

    Email the Black Fundraisers' Podcast by at Blackfundraiserspodcast@gmail.com for show ideas, inquiries, advertising and more.

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    About This Episode's guest

    Fred Blackwell discusses the San Francisco Foundation's commitment to racial equity, the need for diversity in the philanthropy c-suite and on boards of trustees, and how the SFF is strengthening BIPOC-led agencies addressing social issues impacting the SF region.

    Fred Blackwell  Bio

    Fred Blackwell is the CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country. The San Francisco Foundation works hand-in-hand with donors, community leaders, and both public and private partners to create thriving communities throughout the Bay Area. Since joining the foundation in 2014, Blackwell has led it in a renewed commitment to social justice through an equity agenda focused on racial and economic inclusion.

    Blackwell, an Oakland native, is a nationally recognized community leader with a longstanding career in the Bay Area. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as interim city administrator for the city of Oakland, where he previously served as the assistant city administrator. He was the executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development in San Francisco; he served as the director of the Making Connections Initiative for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the Lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland; he was a Multicultural Fellow in Neighborhood and Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation; and he subsequently managed a multiyear comprehensive community initiative for the San Francisco Foundation in West Oakland.

    Learn more about the San Francisco Foundation by visiting www.sff.org.




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    • 59 min

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