2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising: Building Generosity

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Intersectional Feminism in Fundraising and Philanthropy

Speakers: Fleur Larsen, Fleur Larsen Facilitation and Aparna Rae, The Moving Beyond Initiative

Track: Community

Time: Friday, June 7 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presentation Description:

White women are the dominant identity group in both fundraising and philanthropy. The origin story of the nonprofit sector stems from wealthy white women volunteering with church groups doing “good works.” The “helping professions” are staffed by a majority of white women setting the norms and culture of the profession. As a sector, we must grapple with our past and current state in order to better create the future we seek to live in. How can white women and women of color come together collectively heal from the effects of sexism and racism to embody an authentic and empowered sector? What does accountability and amends look like from white women? This session will hold the tension of these themes grounded in the presenters’ own work relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect and apply the questions to their own personal and professional lives in service to collective liberation within fundraising and philanthropy.

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Shop Size: Suitable for any size shop

Expertise Level: Suitable for all levels

About the Speakers

Fleur Larsen started facilitating 20 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, joy, and purposeful results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach goals. Currently, she works with several corporate and nonprofit groups facilitating retreats, trainings, and workshops in addition to one on one coaching. Fleur’s work as a Seattle-based facilitator is focused on equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, team building, emotional intelligence, experiential education, and community development.


Aparna Rae has been involved with workforce development and alternate pathways to postsecondary education (primarily aimed at women). In 2013 she co-founded Project Feast, placing immigrant and refugee women on a path to employment. In 2015-16, she launched a pan-India blended learning platform Firki via Teach for India. Her work in Seattle is at the intersection of D&I and organizational design.


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