AFP Global Women’s Impact Initiative - Issues Women Face in the Fundraising Profession
Date: Thursday, September 23
Time: 10:30 – Noon Pacific Time
Approved for 1.5 CE Credit from CFRE International
On March 8, 2018, AFP celebrated International Women’s Day by launching its new Women’s Impact Initiative or WII. The Initiative is AFP’s response to a series of issues around the role of women in fundraising, including gender inequity, sexual harassment, and implicit bias. Despite women representing approximately 70% of the fundraising profession, we estimate that barely a third are in leadership position. We see salaries for women that are consistently $15,000 - $20,000 behind those of our male colleagues. And there are so many stories about harassment—sexual or otherwise—from bosses, colleagues, board members and donors that go back many years. The goal of the Initiative is to provide skills and training so that fair and equitable salaries can be negotiated; to provide resources to create workplaces that are against harassment in all its forms; and develop mentoring programs, as well as research and other services, that can break barriers and create new opportunities for women.
Join Liz LeClair, Volunteer Chair of the Women’s Impact Committee, and Taryn Gold, Associate Vice President of Chapter Engagement at AFP Global, for a discussion about the work of the Women’s Impact Initiative. In this session, you’ll learn about the research, programs, and successes of the work to raise the awareness of the issues women in fundraising face.
Liz LeClair, CFRE, Director, Major Gifts
QEII Foundation (Halifax, NS)
Liz LeClair is proud to call herself a fundraiser and a feminist. She brings more than 15 years of experience to her role as the Director of Major Gifts at the QEII Foundation in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Liz is a director with Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and is the current Chair of the AFP Women's Impact Initiative.
In 2019, Liz published an op-ed with CBC on her experience being sexually harassed by a donor. She is a co-founder of the National Day of Conversation, a day dedicated to raising awareness on sexual harassment of fundraisers.
Taryn Gold, MPA, Associate Vice President, Chapter Engagement
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Taryn Gold is a native New Yorker, but has lived in the Washington, DC area since 1999 and received her masters pf public administration from GW University in 2008. Currently, she leads Chapter Engagement Department and AFP’s Emerging Leader Program, Women’s Impact Initiative, and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access programs. She has a passion for women’s issues and equity, and always enjoys partnering with AFP Chapters to deliver member value, enable professional growth, and develop philanthropy.