Ep 150: Reflection – How My White Privilege Affects My Leadership

nonprofits are messyI have watched countless nonprofit leaders who serve communities of color work tirelessly to educate mostly white boards about the unique challenges that recent events like the ongoing COVID pandemic and the killing of George Floyd have created for their clients.

This lack of nonprofit board diversity is one of the many ways that racial inequality shapes our sector.

To overcome the gaps in lived experience between nonprofit orgs’ executives and boards and the communities they serve, we need to address the white privilege that is embedded in our governance models, financial support, and leadership.

I have spent decades working in and with the nonprofit sector — and I want to do everything that I can to understand and address how racial bias is embedded in every nook and cranny of it. It is my responsibility to help reshape our sector into one that champions leadership diversity. (Click here to learn more about my commitment for 2022.)

As ignited as I am about this mission, I am still not 100% confident on issues of diversity and inclusion.

That is one of the key reasons why we found it so important to invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion training for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab. We aspire to support our members on their journeys and through this work play a role in building and supporting more diversity in leadership.

It is also a reason why it is important for me to self-reflect on how my own white privilege, and its intersection with my sexual orientation, has impacted my position in the nonprofit sector. In this episode, I dig deep into this topic, out loud and in front of a microphone for the first time — and it gets very personal.

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In This Episode:

  • Why does the nonprofit sector need more diversity in leadership? (0:48)
  • How has my intersectional identity as a white lesbian impacted my career in nonprofit work? (6:45)
  • What did the events of January 6, 2021, teach me about racial inequality in the US? (9:54)
  • What if you’re not confident addressing issues of diversity and inclusion? (11:24)
  • What is the “age of minorities” and how will it impact the nonprofit sector? (12:58)

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Ep 149: Can We Fix the Nonprofit Burnout Problem? (with Chris Barlics)

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In this episode, Health Coach and Personal Trainer, Chris Barlics, and I talk about something many nonprofit leaders put last on their to-do lists — self care. Listen in to learn how it can help you avoid nonprofit burnout — even if you don’t like eating kale or going to the gym.

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What to Expect From Me in 2022

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Welcome to 2022, nonprofit leaders! In this video blog, I share what I believe is my most important mission for the upcoming year.

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Ep 148: Why Nonprofits Are Still Messy in 2021 (with Jim Axelrod)

It’s the one-year anniversary of the second edition of my book, Nonprofits Are Messy. Listen in as my friend and neighbor, CBS correspondent Jim Axelrod and I chat about my book, nonprofit fundraising, and the real reason so many small nonprofits are messy.

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Joan’s Top 5 Nonprofit Leadership Blog Posts of 2021

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The new year is upon us. Check out my top 5 nonprofit leadership blog posts of 2021 to brush up on the fundamentals of nonprofit fundraising, budgeting, board service, and so much more!

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Ep 147: How Powerful Partnerships Drive Innovative Nonprofit Marketing (with Alison Moore)

In the digital age, it is nearly impossible to get the word out about your mission without a strategic nonprofit marketing plan. In this episode, Alison Moore, Chief Executive Officer of Comic Relief US shares how a nonprofit partnership can help in this area.

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An Inspiring Hanukkah Message For Every Nonprofit Leader

An Inspiring Hanukkah Message For Every Nonprofit Leader

You’ve gone above and beyond all day long, all year long. But, sometimes it can feel like you are totally out of fuel. In this post, I share a Hanukkah-inspired lesson that will help you overcome nonprofit burnout and reignite your passion for the work.

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