Fundraising is a mission-critical area for nonprofit organizations that has emerged as a professional field in the past 50 years. This session will explore the gendered nature of fundraising work and its feminization as a profession, while simultaneously understanding the persistence of a gender pay gap and male over-representation in senior-level positions. Through small group discussion, we will interrogate assumptions about why certain attributes are valued in the fundraising profession and how those values are gendered. We'll learn a brief history of the profession, discuss common scenarios, and work together to identify strategies to create equity and change in our field.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Interrogate assumptions about the attributes and skills that are valued in the fundraising profession and how those values are gendered

2. Understand the gender leadership and gender pay gap

3. Explore approaches to create greater equity in the fundraising profession

Sarah Anderson

Director of Strategic Priorities

Campbell & Company

Sarah Anderson is Director of Strategic Priorities at Campbell & Company, a U.S.-based fundraising consulting firm.  For 11 years, she has worked with nonprofit organizations of all types to enhance their donor messaging and fundraising to increase giving.  Sarah has been integrally involved in engagements with Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the LGBT Giving Project, GLAAD, and the AARP among others.

Elizabeth Dale, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Seattle University

Elizabeth J. Dale is an Assistant Professor in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University.  A former development director and CFRE, her research interests include gender differences in philanthropy, giving in the LGBT community, and grassroots and social justice organizations.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and women’s and gender studies from Ohio Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in women’s studies from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.