December 2022 Annual Meeting

My Experience as a Fundraiser of Color

Friday, December 2, 2022

Lakeside Yacht Club, 4851 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, OH 44114

10:30 AM | Registration
11:00 AM | Panel Discussion
12:00 PM | Lunch
12:45 PM | Annual meeting
1:15 PM | Adjourn

The world of development can be draining – especially for fundraisers of color. Non-profit professionals grapple with IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and access) issues related to raising funds but what about the profession? Fundraisers of color face challenges ranging from being the only person like you with a seat at the table, to building trust and relationships with donors, to finding a safe place and support.

Join us for this discussion as our panelists talk about their lived experiences as fundraisers of color. Listen to their stories as they talk about navigating through challenges. Hear how we can support our colleagues. Gain insight to strategies that can help you in dealing with obstacles, finding coping-mechanisms, professional development and finding community.

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Leta Obertacz, Senior VP, Advancement at the Cleveland Foundation (View Bio)


Dr. Brian Moore, Founder and Executive Director of Passages (View Bio)
Victor Ruiz, Executive Director of Esperanza, Inc.
April Walker, Founder and CEO of Philanthropy for the People (View Bio)

Cost to Attend:

$40 Members
$50 Non-Members


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