Only the Wearer Knows Where the Shoe Pinches

When:  Nov 12, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (PT)

The issues related to power and privilege are widely prevalent in the fundraising profession. I designed and executed a nationwide study to understand how prejudice manifests in the lives of racialized and marginalized fundraisers. During this session, I will share testimonials from fellow fundraisers that give insight into their lived experiences. These stories help expand our understanding of diversity-related issues within our profession and allow us to better advocate for systemic change toward an equitable profession.

Learning outcomes 

  1. Greater awareness of the lived experiences of racialized and marginalized colleagues
  2. An introduction to cultural capital and how its lens may help one overcome individual bias and better understand the “other” side

Charu Uppal, CFRE serves as the associate director of individual giving at the Portland Art Museum where she helps makes art accessible to all by raising philanthropic support for the Museum. She is a passionate fundraiser who believes in the power of giving and its potential to create transformational change.

Charu is a systems thinker who is committed to building a just and equitable fundraising profession for racialized and marginalized fundraisers. She strongly believes that, as a profession, we must celebrate the fundraiser’s contributions as an integral part to philanthropy in which a nonprofit’s mission and donor support are intricately connected by the fundraiser.

this program is approved for 1.5 hours of CFRE CE


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Lisa Spiegel