RHI Educational Fellowship
Fundraising once was considered a “white male” profession. When I was a secretary in the 1980s at the development department in my university, some women were breaking the glass ceiling, but they were rare—and, I’ve often joked, they had to play golf.
One study, Cultivating future fundraisers of color at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, found that “11 percent of members of the Association for Fundraising Professionals,” the powerhouse membership organization for development professionals, “were minorities.”
And boards are a vital driver for a nonprofit. But a September 2017 report by BoardSource, found here, concluded that there had been little change in the diversity of boards since BoardSource began its surveying in 1994. Indeed, 84% of board members and 90% of board chairs are white. At least 25% of boards were all-white.
There are many reasons for these numbers, but as someone who prizes social justice, I am seeking ways to address this insularity.
To that end, I am pleased to announce our first-ever educational fellowship focused on professionals from communities of color. Eligible candidates for the fellowship are current fundraisers, or those who would like to learn more about fundraising as a profession. This paid, three-month fellowship (which might grow to six months) offers opportunities, contacts, and skills to someone who can help turn around the numbers.