Cause Effective Releases Timely Report on Racial Challenges in Nonprofit Fundraising

“Money, Power and Race: The Lived Experience of Fundraisers of Color” brings systemic issues to light through narratives; provides recommendations to improve equity at nonprofits

New York, NY, June 14, 2019—Cause Effective, a New York nonprofit consulting firm that helps social change groups of all mission types strengthen their fundraising and governance, released a new report, exclusive to Fundraising Day in New York, which uncovered the challenges faced by fundraisers of color across U.S. nonprofits of all sizes. The report also identified eight groups across the sector, including executive directors and nonprofit board members, who can help to create a more equitable nonprofit workplace.

The report’s recommendations aim to promote the retention and advancement of people of color in the fundraising profession. The report was funded by The New York Community Trust.  As the region’s community foundation, The Trust prioritizes strengthening and improving the nonprofit sector.

“The New York City chapter of AFP continues to elevate the important work of philanthropy professionals. Fundraising Day in New York, our flagship event, is the City’s single largest professional advancement program, serving almost 2,000 fundraisers, strengthening our overall community, our skills and our collective success. We are proud that Cause Effective presented their recent research at this year’s Fundraising Day on June 14,” stated Gary Laermer, President, AFP-NYC and VP of Development and Alumni Relations, Pace University.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ NYC chapter hosted an afternoon workshop, Advancing Fundraisers of Color and Fostering IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) in our Profession, where members heard about Cause Effective’s survey findings and AFP-NYC’s new efforts for involving members in its IDEA initiative. "This report comes at a critical moment in the fundraising profession’s self-examination on race, access, and equity," said Sunil Oommen, President of boutique fundraising consulting firm, Oommen Consulting LLC, and the Board Chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee of the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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