Our Right to Heal — Black women fundrais­ers share their stories

We are delight­ed to bring you two videos that intro­duce a won­der­ful ini­tia­tive by our val­ued part­ners, the Asso­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als (AFP). This is Our Right to Heal, a selec­tion of beau­ti­ful­ly writ­ten essays where black women fundrais­ers share the expe­ri­ences that have shaped their pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al lives.

Written by
Joe Burnett
Added
September 03, 2020

Introduction

In 2019, AFP was approached by a group of Black Canadian women fundraisers who wanted to tell their stories, both professional and personal. The project would contain a series of what they’re calling Bright Papers, each written by a member of the group, as well as videos and interviews. You can read more about the project in detail here

SOFII is grateful to our friends at AFP for letting us reproduce some of the highlights from this campaign, called Our Right to Heal, on our site. This is a superb initiative and one that couldn’t be more timely. Next week, we will bring you excerpts from some of the stories from the project and link back to the Our Right to Heal pages on the AFP website for you to delve into in more detail. 

I think this quote from the project’s instigator Nneka Allen, CFRE, sums up the aims of Our Right to Heal perfectly:

The stories we share unveil our individual experiences; the details of the injustice and inequity we face daily; they also reveal the depth of our individual and collective courage. These stories were written a year ago during times of certainty. And in this time of global crisis due to COVID-19, we believe exposure and understanding of our realities is even more critical.

These are revolutionary times and we know first-hand how Black women are uniquely situated within overlapping systems of oppression to sustain disproportionate losses of both life and livelihood during this pandemic.’

The two videos below are a great gateway into the project. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did and stay tuned for more great content from Our Right to Heal next week.

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During this time of chaos the conditions in which Black people live are amplified. The thought leadership and resilience that the Black community possesses is a commodity currently being squandered. Now is the perfect time to begin listening to and trusting the voices of Black people.’ 

- Nneka Allen 

About the author: Joe Burnett

Joe Burnett

Joe Burnett (he/him) cut his teeth as an intern at the Association of French Fundraisers, he then embarked on a career in advertising before returning to where his heart lay: in the charities sector. Joe is passionate about fundraising and how it can be a force for positive change in the world. 

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