Section 3: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Section 3: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Is there a more specific topic on your mind? These resources are categorized by a handful of topics you may find relevant to your company’s DEI work. Applying an equity lens to our work allows us to take a step back and examine our actions from another perspective, highlighting areas for improvement. That’s why it’s essential to observe the ways in which the following topics and more appear in our everyday work in the philanthropic sector.

Table of Contents

    • “I don’t know where to start”
    • “What if I say or do the wrong thing?”
    • Getting your board “on board”
    • Engaging donors with your DEI work
    • Food for thought – for employers
    • Food for thought – for employees
    • Holding yourself and others accountable

“I don’t know where to start”

 

From The Alford Group: Culture of Equity Assessment

 

Awake to Work to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture

 

How to Begin Equity Work in Your Organization with Little or No Money – Resource Collection and Webinar Series

 

Communication Guidelines for a Brave Space

 

What if I say or do the wrong thing?

 

A Therapist On The Right Way To Apologize When You Say Something Racist

 

Afraid to Talk About Sensitive Topics at Work? Read this Guide First

 

You’ve Been Called Out for a Microaggression. What Do You Do?

 

What Not To Say To Someone Who Has Experienced Racial Trauma

 

What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 10 Tips for Culturally Effective People

 

Getting your board “on board” (too quippy?)

 

From The Alford Group: Culture of Equity Assessment

 

From The Alford Group: Board Toolkit

 

From The Alford Group: Board Members and Nonprofit Leaders: It’s Time.

 

Your boardroom sets the tone

 

Beyond the Board Statement: How Can Boards Join the Movement for Racial Justice? (Part One)

 

 

Engaging donors in your DEI work

 

Diversity and Donors. First Day Podcast from The Fund Raising School (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy)

 

Engaging Donors of Color. First Day Podcast from The Fund Raising School (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy)

 

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 201: Building Cultural Competency to Understand Your Donors

 

npExperts: The Great Reset – Equity chapters

 

DEI in the workplace / employers

 

From The Alford Group: Find Your Path to a More Inclusive Workplace Culture

 

The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards

 

Our Authentic Selves and Doing Diversity Right

 

Personnel Strategies in the Face of Impossible Choices

 

19 Questions for Leaders Who Are Serious About Racial Equity

 

What Has — and Hasn’t — Changed Since “Dear White Boss…”

 

DEI in the workplace / employees

 

Why and How to Prioritize DEI at Your Organization

 

How to Start an Affinity Group at Work, According to Real People Who Did It

 

How to Hold Your Company Accountable to its Promise of Racial Justice

 

How Coworkers Can Help

 

Racial Equity in Philanthropy: Using White Privilege for Good

 

Holding yourself and others accountable on your journey

 

Equity in Development: Be Radically Intentional to Change the Lived Experiences of Diverse Fundraisers

 

Talk the Talk: Strengthening Your Organization’s Diversity Statement

 

A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

 

From The Alford Group: Simple Commitment Slide

 


 

Section 1: What Everyone Needs to Know

 

 

Section 2: Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Section 2: Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Section 2: Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Doing this work can at times feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable – but that means you’re doing it right. These resources are aimed at those who may be starting this journey and want to gut-check their DEI plan, as well as those who have been engaging with DEI work for a while but may have hit a road bump and want to know how they can avoid similar issues in the future.

Table of Contents

    • Doing nothing
    • Lacking structure in your plan
    • Having a singular view
    • Being unaware of tokenism
    • Doing DEI work reactively, not proactively

Doing nothing

 

Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

 

From The Alford Group: Creating a Culture of Equity: Taking Action

 

npExperts: The Great Reset – Equity chapters

 

Lacking structure in your plan

 

From The Alford Group: Culture of Equity Assessment

 

From The Alford Group: Be a SMARTIE: An Equity-Foward Approach to Goal Setting

 

15 Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices for Bridging the D&I Gap

 

Having a singular view

 

What is intersectionality?

 

For a more detailed, longform view: The Intersectionality Wars

 

The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

Intersectionality in the Workplace isn’t a ‘Nice to Have’ — it’s Essential

 

Being unaware of tokenism

 

Monday Morning Reset: Why Tokenism is Killing Your Diversity Efforts

 

The Big Idea Series: Advancing Black Leaders

 

‘Checkbox Diversity’ Must Be Left Behind for DEI Efforts to Succeed

 

The Small Nonprofit Podcast: Dismantling Tokenism with Trish Mandewo

 

Doing DEI work reactively, not proactively

 

From The Alford Group: Diversity in Fundraising: Making a Long-Term Commitment

 

How to Integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Everyday Operations

 

The Hidden Cost of DEI Work and What to Do About It

 


 

Section 1: What Everyone Needs to Know

 

 

Section 3: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Behind the Data: National Trends on Donor Advised Funds

Webinar | Online | November 10, 2021 | 2:45 p.m.CST

The Giving USA Foundation is pleased to announce the release of our DAF Research Report on November 10th.

To celebrate the release, we’re hosting a live special presentation highlighting strategies on humanizing this popular giving vehicle, featuring the experts behind the data:

  • Dr. Anna Pruitt, DAF Report Lead Researcher and Managing Editor of Giving USA’s Annual Report of Philanthropy at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Kristen Carlson Vogen, Senior Director of Philanthropic Services at The Chicago Community Trust
  • Brenda Asare, President and Chief Executive Officer at The Alford Group

Join us in learning how to interpret, utilize and leverage this hot-off-the press report with your staff and clients.

Click here to register.

Greg Whitney Joins The Alford Group as Vice President

Greg Whitney

SEATTLE, August 2, 2021 – The Alford Group is pleased to welcome Greg Whitney, as a vice president of the firm effective August 2, 2021.

“We are very excited to welcome Greg to The Alford Group,” said Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO of The Alford Group. “He brings 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. His knowledge in this field is tremendous and will significantly benefit our clients across the country.”

Throughout his career, Whitney has had hands-on experience in major gifts, planned giving, annual campaigns and events. He has deep knowledge of fundraising proven practices, relationship building and collaborative leadership.

Prior to The Alford Group, Whitney served as the Director of Major Gifts & Individual Giving for Food Lifeline, a nonprofit providing food to more than 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs across Western Washington. In this role, Whitney led the department to triple its major gift support within three years.

In addition to Food Lifeline, Whitney has held numerous leadership positions in the nonprofit sector. He strengthened the development and implementation of the planned giving program at United Way of King County, directed all aspects of the fundraising and communications departments at Uplift Northwest (formerly Millionair Club Charity), spearheaded the planned giving program at YMCA of Greater Seattle and doubled giving during his time with Harvest Against Hunger (formerly Rotary First Harvest).

“I am thrilled to join the top-notch team at The Alford Group,” Whitney said. “I look forward to building off my background in fundraising and philanthropy to serve and strengthen nonprofits across all sectors. I am excited to share my expertise and assist organizations in deepening their impact to create a better world for ALL people.”

Whitney serves his community in a number of ways. He is a past president and former board member for the Washington Planned Giving Council, served as the WPGC Conference Committee Co-Chair for two years, is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), past member of Childhaven’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee and current member with the West Seattle Rotary Club.

About The Alford Group

The Alford Group is a national, full-service, equity-forward consulting firm specializing in the social sector. Our work empowers organizations to reimagine what it means to make a difference – to aim higher, reach further and dream bigger. Services include fundraising, strategic planning, culture of equity assessments, governance, data analytics, interim staffing and more.

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Read Greg Whitney’s Bio.

Giving USA 2021: Reviewing Philanthropy in the Year 2020

Free Virtual Event | Online | July 13, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.EST

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and The Alford Group presented the just-released Giving USA 2021 report looking back at philanthropy for the year 2020. A panel of community leaders spoke on how the philanthropic landscape has and will continue to change since COVID-19. We discussed how the upheaval of daily life has impacted the philanthropic space.

This free webinar was approved for 1.5 points toward CFRE certification.

PRESENTER:

Sharon Tiknis, Chief Client Experience Officer, The Alford Group

MODERATOR:

Vicki Pugh, CFRE, CAP, Vice President for Philanthropic Giving, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

PANELISTS:

Danita D. Nias, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Patrick McNamara, President & CEO, Palm Health Foundation

Sabeen Perwaiz, Executive Director, Florida Nonprofit Alliance

Cathy Brown, Associate Director, The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University – Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Giving USA 2021 and Today’s New Normal

Free Webinar | Online | July 13, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.EDT

This past year has been like no other. The events of 2020 will forever change the social sector and philanthropy.

On Tuesday, July 13 The Alford Group presented the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2020 giving, which will inform our look forward. How has COVID-19 impacted giving? Are funders changing priorities based on current events? We discussed these questions and more during our time together.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of the data and trends around giving in America in 2020
  • Information on how COVID-19 impacted giving last year
  • Tips for how to apply this research to your organization’s strategy and approach

Giving USA Report Details

First published in 1956, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Giving USA 2021 report will be released June 15th by The Giving Institute. The Alford Group is a longtime supporter of Giving USA and member of The Giving Institute.

Giving USA 2021: Looking back to look forward

How things have changed a year later in the Pacific Northwest

Free Webinar | Online | July 14, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. PT

Following a presentation of the new Giving USA data outlining 2020 results, a panel of experts revisited where they were this time last year and what has changed. The discussion included how COVID has changed fundraising; how this data and information will impact fundraising going forward; how the social unrest this past year has impacted philanthropy; and what are the lasting trends that viewers should be prepared for.

Giving USA Report Details:

First published in 1956, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in the United States. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and released by The Giving Institute.

GIVING USA REPORT PRESENTER: Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, The Alford Group

MODERATOR: Brenda B. Asare, President and CEO, The Alford Group

PANELISTS:

  • Robin Callahan, CFRE, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • Elena Fracchia, CWS, AVP, Wealth and Philanthropic Advisor, Columbia Bank
  • Bernadine (Bernie) C. Griffin, Managing Director, The Fifth Avenue Theatre
  • Asa Tate, Chief Development Officer, Wellspring Family Services

Latest Trends in Charitable Giving – Giving USA 2021

Led by the Planned Giving Round Table of Northern Nevada (PGRT) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Sierra Chapter

Virtual Speaker Program | Online | July 27, 2021 | 11:45 a.m.PT

This past year has been like no other. The events of 2020 will forever change the social sector and philanthropy. During this program, The Alford Group will present the recently-released Giving USA report looking back at 2020 giving, which will inform our look forward. How has COVID-19 impacted giving? Are funders changing priorities based on current events? We will discuss these questions and more during our time together.

Key takeaways from this session include:

1) An understanding of the data and trends around giving in America in 2020;

2) Information on how COVID-19 impacted giving last year;

3) Ideas and tips for how to apply this research to your organization’s strategy and approach for working with donors and clients.

For more information and to register, email inquiries@pgnv.org.

SPEAKER:

Karen Rotko-Wynn, CFRE, Chief Business Enterprise Officer, The Alford Group