In 2017, as part of a DEI discovery process for Cause Effective, our clients asked us to support them by addressing how structural racism plays out in fundraising. As a white executive director of an organization whose service has been deeply rooted in communities of color for almost 40 years, I heard their request. I resolved to embrace how Cause Effective in general, and myself in particular, could play an essential role in creating change.
In 2018, I sat in my office and took a call from Judy Levine, Executive Director of Cause Effective. She wanted to talk about my experience working in development as a Black woman. I was open to the interview as I had worked in the field for over twenty-five years. I wanted to be helpful to Cause Effective’s examination of issues around money, power and race through the eyes of seasoned development professionals. The questions from Judy ignited a lot of old emotion.
Cause Effective decries the recent anti-Asian hostility, within a centuries-old context. With anger and despair, we recognize, and call out against, the white supremacy and privilege that allow – in fact encourage – individuals to express their anger by taking up arms against an entire people.
Today Cause Effective joins with organizations around the world to honor International Women’s Day. Throughout the years Cause Effective has had the privilege of partnering with hundreds of women-led organizations that are committed to empowering women and girls in New York City and throughout the world. We are proud to celebrate this day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
As we approach Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday weekend, we are living at a time when our country just experienced a domestic terrorist attack on democracy. The images from the mob riot at the Capitol are horrifying and we are saddened by the volatile state of this country as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris prepare to take office.
In the week since the senseless murder of George Floyd, we have witnessed a range of intense emotions play out across the country. This painful time has led Cause Effective to re-examine how we can take greater accountability to address the inequalities and injustices that Black people experience, in order to work towards lasting social change and equity.
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Fundraising through a crisis is never fun, but it can be done. Cause Effective saw many clients continue to succeed in fundraising during the Great Recession, but they had laid the groundwork for continued support years before. Read more.
Has an executive director's job become easier as a result of all the online information on nonprofit management right at their fingertips? Maybe yes, maybe no. Executive directors need information, but also thought partnership, empathy and peer support to find the best solutions to their organization's most entrenched challenges. Read more.
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– Naomi Goldberg Haas, Artistic Director, Dances for a Variable Population