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Racist Roots of Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Event Details

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
12:00pm-1:30pm PT
Online via Zoom

“Faulty.” “Problematic.” “Racist.” These terms are now regularly used to describe the foundations that the nonprofit and philanthropic systems were built upon. In this session, we will explore the relatively recent history of how these systems came to be, why they are built on deep injustices, and how nonprofits and philanthropy are actually a political and economic system. Together we’ll dive more deeply into interpersonal exploration of what Community-Centric Fundraising can look like in practice, exploring the ways in which we can step into and attempt to shift the power dynamics in service to the communities we serve.

If we do not examine how nonprofit and philanthropic systems came to be, we can never hope to reimagine them, improve them or do better, to benefit the communities we are trying to serve. This session will briefly introduce community-centric fundraising- if you want to go deeper on the topic, we invite you to join the upcoming virtual Innovation Summit on equity and community-centric fundraising.

Interested in learning more about community-centric fundraising? Register for this workshop and the Nonprofit Innovation Summit: Centering Equity in Fundraising on March 2nd with one easy registration. Non-members save $10 by registering for both workshops together!


Free for NAWA members (see the member resources page for the coupon code)

$20 for Not-yet-members (Interested in becoming a member? Join today to take advantage of member benefits.)

Cost should not be a barrier to participate. Please contact us if you have any requests, concerns, or questions. 


Captioning: We will have automated captioning enabled.

Interpretation: Please indicate during registration if you have an interpretation request. Typically, we need at least two weeks in order to schedule an interpreter.

Visual Descriptions: Presenters will include visual descriptions of themselves and the slides to give a person who is low-vision, blind, or calling in without video a sense of space and place.

If you have additional accessibility requests, please let us know when you register.

About the Speaker

Michelle Shireen Muri

Ignited by a beautiful volunteer experience, Michelle has crafted her career through 15 years of resource generation through social justice movements. Her successes and tenure at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, now the largest immigrant rights org in the nation, fostered a critical lens towards fundraising and a deep love of community solidarity.

She believes there is deep power and personal healing in the work of generating resources from a values-aligned space.

Michelle is the founder of Freedom Conspiracy, Co-Chair of the founding Seattle chapter for Community-Centric Fundraising, and host of The Ethical Rainmaker podcast.

Michelle Muri

Thanks to Our Partner

Nonprofit Association of WA Logo, the state of WA in red, yellow, teal, and purple in multiple vectors.
Washington Secretary of State Corporations & Charities Division

Questions? Contact Nonprofit Association of Washington

Phone: (855) 299-2922 x108

Email: [email protected]

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