There has been a ton of discussion on my blog post Fundraising Is Female: Thoughts on #AFPIWDfail and over on Twitter. I am super inspired by everyone who is stepping up, speaking out, and organizing. We have so much work to do on gender equity and it’s wonderful to know that there are so many others out there ready to do this work.
Here are some of the responses and critiques of AFP’s articles and actions to highlight how our community is responding.
From Mazarine Treyz @WildWomanFund
“Reverse Sexism in Fundraising is Not a Thing, Sorry” is the title of this article. Mazarine aptly notes, “This little snafu is more than an isolated issue. This is indicative of a much larger issue.” EXACTLY. This is certainly not an issue unique to fundraising or even the non-profit sector. Women in all fields are dealing with this. What is transpiring in our fundraising world is just a microcosm of the bigger issue.
From Beth Ann Locke @FundraiserBeth
Beth Ann breaks down three major issues in this article and its timing. She hits the nail on the head when she writes, “In addition, the way this article is written feeds into some issues of power and privilege without addressing them – the same issues that some that our nonprofits are fighting against!”
From Frances Roen @fdroen
“Designing New: Thanks #AFPHI” is the title of Frances’s post. I appreciate that she uses design thinking to consider how we can move forward and beyond AFP. It’s true that this is an opportunity for big thinking.
From Gail Picco @GailPicco
“Why AFP Needs to be Kicked to the Curb.” Gail gets into some of the hard numbers of gender inequality in our sector, and questions why AFP is not showing leadership on these issues. I particularly appreciated this insight, “Because AFP clearly doesn’t consider “mankind” their business. Or that fundraisers be directed by a moral compass beyond the transactional ethics raising of money.”
And Non-Profit Pro stepped up and covered what’s been happening. It makes me really happy to see industry publications stepping up to cover real issues for our sector like this. I know that there is not a ton of value of people continuing to just bash AFP, but this is a real moment for us. A real moment to reflect and make some substantial changes. I hope that Nonprofit Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy will step up, even if not to cover this issue then to cover content related to Women’s History Month.
Today I also hosted the first #FundraisingIsFemale chat to discuss what’s happening with AFP and how we as a community can come together. We using hashtag #FIFchat if you want to join us next Wednesday, March 22 at 12 pm Pacific.
And to make sure you have access to more points of view, here are AFP’s official responses to this matter.
AFP’s press release apology on March 8th
Finally, I want to acknowledge that this is not the first time that our community is talking about gender equality. In fact, here are some other great articles that you might want to read.
From SOFII.org: It’s just not fair!
This article comes from a speech given at SOFII’s conference last fall that honestly sounds amazing. Now, SOFII.org is committed to publishing content that pushes the boundaries for gender equality. I love that!
Over on The Agitators: Stop Driving Women Out of Fundraising
This is based on an article originally published by Mary Cahalane as well as the report called “UnderDeveloped.” It provides some great, practical suggestion that organizations can implement to support gender equality.
From Fundraising 101: Men in Fundraising: We have a problem, and it’s you.
I love that this article is based on community research based in the UK. It’s a great example of community listening.
Have you seen other articles that should be included here? Leave a link in the comments below!