Date: February 26, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm ET

Session Description

Have you ever been speechless when a donor says something offensive? Have you been in situations where you look and feel like an outsider? Have you compromised yourself to meet a stakeholder’s request? Have you advocated for ‘mission drift’ to secure a donation? Do you have a hard time understanding how you can make an impact and address the calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Black Lives Matter movement both personally and in your work as a fundraiser? Have you felt powerless in meetings with senior leadership? We all have, and the struggle is most definitely real. However, our ability to navigate those situations and address the marginalization we experience is not equal. It’s deeply rooted in our power and privilege.

Privilege is a loaded word, especially when it comes to securing and stewarding major gifts from companies and individuals. Donor relationships are rife with power dynamics that almost always put the fundraiser in a position of weakness. Working from this place of weakness will mean that you cannot show up fully; thus you won’t be as effective as you could be. Additionally how do we understand our privilege as settlers and how can we take individual responsibility through learning existing reconciliation wise practices.

How can we authentically understand and use privilege in relationship building with donors and your own organization? Instead of shying away from it, let’s reflect on and learn how to work with our own areas of privilege and disempowerment to be more authentic and effective.

This workshop was presented at the AFP Congress in November 2021, we have updated and added new content for those who attended part one. This session will allow participants who come with an open mind and heart to build more resilience and power in themselves. You’ll walk away with practical and tactical strategies to harness your power as a badass fundraiser in navigating and building relationships with donors, volunteers, board members, and colleagues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what it means to do philanthropic work with an anti-oppression lens, acknowledging and working through questions of power and privilege.
  • Understand the concepts of privilege and power dynamics and learn how to spot them in relationships.
  • Take action to achieve reconciliation in your work as a fundraising professional.
  • Investigate your own biases, privileges, and disempowerment as it relates to your professional life.
  • Develop personal strategies to show up more authentically and effectively in your work in philanthropy – with donors, volunteers, board members, and colleagues.

AFP Members: $15 +HST

Non-Members: $35 +HST

If you are a member from outside the Greater Toronto Chapter, please contact Matthew Ford at to access member pricing.

Nicole McVan, MA

Director, Donor Relations

United Way Greater Toronto

Early riser, glass half-full, occupier of the uncomfortable spaces in between, true believer in the goodness of humanity. Nicole has been in the charitable sector for close to 20 years, and as a white, transgender, non-binary professional, they have been carving a path forward in fundraising roles locally and internationally.

They are currently the Director of Donor Relations at United Way Greater Toronto, an organization that’s at the core of improving our region to the benefit of all its people through the generosity of thousands of donors and volunteers.

Nicole is privileged to lead a team of development professionals who work with hundreds of companies and organizations across this region to raise $100M+ annually through strategic partnerships, workplace giving, employee engagement, volunteering, and events to fight local poverty and ensure that the systems and structures work for everyone in our community. They hold a Master’s degree in Non Profit Management.

Tanya Rumble, CFRE, MFA-P™

Director of Development, Faculty of Arts

Ryerson University

Tanya Hannah Rumble is a racialized settler of multi-ethnic origins living in Tkaronto. She is a fundraising leader who has raised millions for some of Canada's largest charities including Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, McMaster University and now Ryerson University. As a racialized philanthropy professional Tanya is honoured to share her influence and insights with students, emerging professionals and peers in the sector. Tanya regularly writes articles on the topics of inclusion, equity, and access; and power, privilege and fundraising for industry publications and speaks to professional audiences at learning events regularly.

She graduated with an H.B.A., Political Science from McMaster University, earned a Masters Certificate at NYU in Marketing Communications and has completed numerous professional certificates including Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials (Rotman School of Management, Institute of Corporate Directors) and Truth and Reconciliation Through Right Relations (Banff Centre). Tanya has been a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2017, completed her Master Financial Advisor - Philanthropy (MFA-P™) in April 2020, and most recently was approved to take the certification exam for the Communication Management Professional (CMP) designation through International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Additionally, she is an active leadership volunteer in the philanthropy and non-profit sector: Board Director with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Canada, and Board Committee volunteer with AFP Canada-Foundation; executive volunteer with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners; Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the HR Committee with FindHelp Information Services - operators of 211 Toronto; and Board Director with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. In addition to sharing her knowledge, she is committed to lifelong learning -  she is a graduate of the 2017 Association of Fundraising Professionals Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and 2010 DiverseCity Fellowship. Tanya gratefully acknowledges the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, whose traditional territory she lives and works with her husband and infant son.