What is My Pole? On Changing Institutional Racism in Our Fundraising Practice

12/02/2020 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM ET




What is My Pole? On Changing Institutional Racism in Our Fundraising Practice
Wednesday, December 2 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Online Conversation

Presented by: Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, PANO | Beth Docherty, Board Chair, PANO & Founder, TRUST Project | Ifeoma Aduba, Board Vice President, PANO & Principal, The Mudita Collective | Marci Moyer Schick, President/Owner, MMS Advancement Associates | Shawn Mack, Development Officer & DEI Coordinator, Valley Youth House


Sponsored by: APPI Energy | BCF Group | Boyer & Ritter | Commonwealth Consulting Partners | MMS Advancement Associates | PNC Institutional Asset Management ® | Zelenkofske Axelrod

The death of George Floyd viscerally shook many of us to our core, waking multitudes to the reality that people of color face on a daily basis. Terms like “white supremacy” are now bandied about in routine conversation. But what does it mean to question our own “best practices” with an eye to dismantling institutional racism? Inspired by the story of Bree Newsome as told by Bettina love, PANO is setting out to do just that, answering the question: "What is Our Pole?".  As the provider and promoter of Standards for Excellence ®, PANO believes that we must lead the charge in asking those hard questions—not for those we ask to implement them, but rather with those impacted. In this online session, PANO leadership will address the concept of “best practices” in general, and then participants will be invited to authentically and respectfully “workshop” three fundraising practices that have been considered best practice.




Starting from Within - Anne Gingerich, Beth Docherty & Ifeoma Aduba


Discussions about racial justice get personal—really fast. In this opening discussion, PANO’s leadership shares openly about our own journey, places where we have fallen, and steps taken so far. As an organization, we have committed to doing this work, but that doesn’t mean we have all the answers. In fact, we can’t always see what it is that we need to change. Thus, we are getting in the trenches— with you—to share our own learnings and to hear yours.



Discussion #1: The Question of “Best Practices” - Anne Gingerich, Beth Docherty & Ifeoma Aduba


Organizational policies create processes that influence workplace culture. As the organization that promotes Standards for Excellence®, PANO commits to identifying places where our own “best practices” may have hidden biases in them. We collectively need each other’s eyes and ears. Please join us.


Discussion #2: Getting Started: Raising Questions about 3 Fundraising Practices – Marci Moyer Schick and Shawn Mack

We ask questions about three “best practices” in Donor Bill of Rights, Fundraising Costs, Gift Acknowledgement Policy.



Each person identifies at least one thing they can immediately act on when leaving this session.


Single Login Cost:
$25 for PANO Members | $50 for Not-Yet Members

Terms of Participation
Your purchase entitles you to a single login. Please do not share the login information with others, as it may interfere with your ability to join. If multiple individuals from your organization would like to view the webinar, please purchase separate tickets for each person or consider a group screening ticket (below).

Group Screening Cost:
$85 for PANO Members | $170 for Not-Yet Members

Terms of Participation
If you have four or more individuals interested in viewing the webinar, please have one person register selecting the group screening rate, then send a list of all individuals viewing the webinar (including names and email addresses) to christina@pano.org. This option makes the most sense for 4+ people. For fewer than four attendees, a single login ticket for each person is the most cost-effective.

Materials & Login/Call-In Instructions:
Materials (PowerPoint and other handouts), along with instructions on how to login and call-in, will be emailed to attendees a few days prior to the date of the webinar. PANO uses Zoom as our webinar platform; you can familiarize yourself with Zoom and/or join a test meeting prior to these sessions.

This web meeting will NOT be recorded in order to promote open dialogue, honest discussion, and less inhibited sharing. If you can't attend this time around, please let us know if you’d like to discuss future opportunities to participate in a similar conversation.

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