I want to tell you about a project that Rory Green and I have been working on for about a year.
When we get together and talk – about fundraising, about the state of our profession – there were times we agreed that there is something paradoxical about working at a non-profit organization.
Our causes seek to be change agents, yet we deal with archaic systems, power dynamics and bureaucracy.
Our causes fight for human dignity, yet we find ourselves degraded by peers or leaders.
Our causes support women, yet we often do little to support one another as female fundraisers.
Our causes advocate for a better world, yet we experience abuse and harassment in our workplaces.
We uncovered these truths over cups of tea and glasses of wine. We discussed quietly, looking to the root of the paradox. We questioned, we challenged each other. We wanted to go deeper into these issues.
We wanted to be agents of change in our organizations – and to empower others to be the same.
We needed to speak truth to power.
We sought to question, to cage rattle. To change, resist, surprise, challenge, heal. To disrupt. Together as women.