Philanthropy As Political Activism: De-Centering the Donor, Re-Centering the Community (Abolition, Reform, Expansion – Session 3)

Date and Time: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 09:00 am to 12:00 pmLocation: N/A - online


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Several years ago, the nonprofit advocate Vu Le (Nonprofit AF) began expressing concerns about the donor-centric approach to fundraising, which is built on creating long-term and trusting relationships with donors and, as the name suggests, intentionally puts donors and their preferences right in the middle of nonprofit work. In this session, we will explore tactics associated with donor centric fundraising models and the ways in which we might challenge these practices in favor of models for fundraising that center communities and right size donor engagement. We will examine solicitation & stewardship strategies, communication and engagement messaging, and when taking a donor’s advice goes too far.


(Part of the Abolition, Reform, Expansion program.  See the full description and and register for the whole program here)

SKU: N/A Category: Audience: Fundraisers interested in exploring the inequities of the current philanthropic ecosystem and how it might be reformed.

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Date: February 08th, 2022


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Non-Member $85


  • Tina Barber

    Tina M. Barber, MPA, has a varied and robust fundraising background that includes leadership positions at some of the Delaware Valley’s most well-known nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The United Way, Philabundance, and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. She currently serves as Director of Community Giving at The Trevor Project where she is responsible for growing annual fund revenue nationally. As a highly skilled individual giving strategist, Tina has been a key part of multi-million dollar capital campaign projects as well as boutique fundraising initiatives. Her training experience includes development and communications planning, board management and development,