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Words Matter: A Fundraiser's Place in the Movement for Racial Equity

May 20th, 2021
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Program Description

Do you wonder what your place is as a fundraising professional in the movement for racial equity? Do you worry that when you speak or write about race and racism, you’ll get it wrong?

Many in our field want to get braver and strengthen our skills. In this session we will offer strategies for advancing equity in our teams and in our work products, like grant proposals or direct mail pieces. We’ll talk about how this work is not just for the individual, and the goal isn’t about being right or never making a mistake. Instead, it is about learning, building a trusted network, and being committed to authentic communications.

Speaking up for racial justice has never been more important, so let’s find ways to do it powerfully, consistently, and with accountability to people of color stakeholders.

This session will focus on:

  • The language we use in development work and products
  • Who should be involved in storytelling
  • Common concerns fundraisers might have around making language choices
  • How this relates to fundraisers as individuals

This will be an interactive session allowing for small group and large group discussions.

This is the second session in the Words Matter series. You do not have to have attended Part One to benefit from the learnings of this session.

Our Presenters

Brianna Boggs, Coach and Consultant

Brianna is an independent coach and consultant focused on supporting executives and boards through leadership challenges. She focuses on racial equity (dismantling white supremacy culture, supporting leaders of color in white-founded organizations, helping white leadership build tolerance for racial stress, preparing organizations for transition) and fundraising (building skills, confidence, and creative strategies). As co-founder and co-facilitator of the Racial Equity Senior Leaders Learning Circle at Trinity Boston Connects, Brianna developed the curriculum and facilitates a 10-month cohort for nonprofit senior leaders seeking to dig deeply into the personal side of leadership on racial equity and implement new practices to improve their organizations.

Prior to her coaching and consulting work, Brianna’s career focused on fundraising and communications in social justice organizations. She has served as a volunteer or board member for organizations including the One Love Foundation, GLAD, the Ms. Foundation, the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, Coro Allegro and InnerCity Weightlifting. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the Ohio State University.

Aria Pierce, Major Gifts and Foundations Officer for GLAD

Aria guides GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders' (GLAD) prospect research work and grant/foundation strategy. She is also a leader in the internal Racial and Economic Justice efforts, where she focuses on the intersectionality of REJ work and queer advocacy. 

Aria also supports the Organizational Equity Practice (OEP) team at Trinity Boston Connects, which fosters cross-organizational learning, collaboration, dialogue, and grassroots change work within community-based organizations across the city of Boston.

Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the program.

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