5 Tips For Better Diversity In Fundraising

January 22, 2019       The NonProfit Times      

Diversity has become a prime area of improvement for organizations in recent years. From seeking diversity in the workplace to volunteers to supporters, leaders are seeing the value in having every facet of organizations share the increasing diversity represented in the communities that they serve.

Change doesn’t happen overnight, however, and becoming a more diverse operation can sometimes be easier said than done.

    During her presentation, “Leveraging Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Become a Better Fundraiser,” at an Association of Fundraising Professionals International Fundraising Conference, global consultant Tanya Odom discussed the dangers of -isms and how biases and inequities can interfere with leaders’ goals of raising as much money as possible for their organizations. Five key tips provided were:

  • Acknowledge the potential for bias. Recognize that you and your organization are not above its effects;
  • Remember your parents telling you to never judge a book by its cover? The same holds true in nonprofit workplaces. Don’t make too much of first impressions;
  • Learn about stereotypes. What might you not already be aware of and where may stereotyping create challenges for your organization;
  • Broaden your scope. Find ways to go beyond your normal channels and incorporate more diversity into your organization; and,
  • Expose yourself to foreign experiences. Sometimes, the only way to add diversity to your organization is to experience new things yourself.