Five Fallacies of Fundraising that limit authentic donor relationships

Recorded on: February 24, 2022

This webinar is worth 1 CFRE point.

There are a number of harmful fallacies that we have been taught and continue to perpetuate in philanthropy. They have been developed from collective learning in a colonial and capitalist system that oppresses entire communities and values wealth creation over equity, our natural world, and safety for everyone.

These fallacies deepen inequity, create harm, and weaken our effectiveness and happiness in our roles. They hold us back from real and authentic connections with our donors and hold us back from creating a relationship that invites the donor into the work in a meaningful way. They restrict our ability to make real and lasting change for our causes.

In this session we will unlearn these practices and re-imagine philanthropy that is based on an anti-oppression practice, centers our communities, and is more effective at engaging and inspiring our donors.

About the Presenters:

Tanya Hannah Rumble, CFRE (she/her) and Nicole McVan, MA (they/them) are long-time collaborators and respected fundraising leaders. Together they have led learning sessions and facilitated workshops for more than 2,500 professional fundraisers across NorthAmerica and Europe on the topics of power and privilege; equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and fundraising.

Tanya Hannah Rumble, CFRE is a fundraising leader who has raised millions for some of Canada’s largest charities. Tanya is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion; and power and privilege and how these intersect with philanthropy. Tanya holds an Honours Bachelor or Arts in Political Science from McMaster, earned a Graduate Certificate in Marketing Communications at NYU; she is also a graduate of the AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and DiverseCity Fellowship. Tanya is a new mom, a voracious consumer of podcasts, and a baking enthusiast. Tanya gratefully acknowledges the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, whose traditional territory she lives and works with her husband and young son.

Nicole McVan (they/them) is a non-profit leader with 20+ years of experience. In their current role as Vice President, Philanthropy & Marketing at United Way Greater Toronto they are employing an anti-oppressive lens in building philanthropy and marketing plans to work with and for communities most affected by poverty. As a White, able-bodied, transgender, and non-binary person they are working to transform philanthropy away from harmful ‘best practices’ and towards a discipline rooted in equity. As a treaty person, Nicole acknowledges their role in reconciling the relationship between Indigenous peoples and colonial settlers on Turtle Island.