2019 Forum on Strategic Fundraising: Building Generosity

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Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: How Do We Break
Up with Toxic Philanthropy and Rebound into Racial Equity

Speakers: Christina Shimizu, Wing Luke Museum and Jess Boyd, Vietnamese Friendship Association

Track: Organizational Culture

Time: Friday, June 7 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Presentation Description:

In a time where terms such as “racial equity” and “social justice” are at risk of becoming empty promises without action, how can we take active steps to change the relationships that exist between funders and nonprofits?

In the philanthropic world, we too often we remain stuck in unhealthy relationships because we don’t recognize the damaging patterns. In this workshop, we will create a roadmap to help you 1) identify controlling behavior patterns, 2) recognize your power, and 3) lay a foundation for healing and liberation. Break up with toxic philanthropy and rebound into relationships rooted in racial and intersectional equity!

Join us in this interactive workshop where we will use a domestic violence framework to break down power dynamics and rebuild the unhealthy relationship dynamic between nonprofits and funders.

Key Take-Aways:

Shop Size: Suitable for any size shop

Expertise Level: Suitable for all levels

About the Speakers

Christina Shimizu is the Director of Individual Giving at The Wing Luke Museum. She enjoys the creative rush and careful targeting in crafting large-scale fund development and marketing campaigns. At the heart of her work, she is committed to expanding community participation in creating lasting social change. Christina is Board President of Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment Votes and is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Her previous work spans civic engagement, human services and National Service. Christina has worked with schools and nonprofits to provide anti-oppression trainings on the intersection of class and race. She applies this framework in her own profession to examine the ways in which systems of power impact philanthropic engagement and works to develop more equitable solutions.


Jess Boyd is a Vietnamese-Jewish Londoner who is passionate about using stories and experiences to create equitable development, community engagement, social impact, and representation. She moved to Seattle to help reimagine what equity, inclusion, and belonging can look like in the nonprofit world, to bridge the gap between the corporate and philanthropic worlds, and to work with the Vietnamese American community.


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Interpreter services are available upon request during registration.