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One Response by Fundraisers to Racial Reckoning: an Affinity Group for Black Donors

By: Drew Lindsay on Mar 30, 2022

Year Up, a workforce development organization providing career training to young adults, responded to the racial reckoning post-George Floyd's murder by initiating the Black Opportunity Alliance. This alliance engages supporters of Black, African American, and Pan-African philanthropy, including program graduates, mentors, and corporate partners like David Moody, CEO of a construction-management company. Its goal is to deepen connections with donors and cultivate a community dedicated to empowering young Black adults. By prioritizing engagement over financial goals, Year Up aims to address racial disparities in its donor base and forge meaningful relationships. This initiative reflects a broader trend toward collective philanthropy and a reassessment of fundraising strategies to include underrepresented communities. 

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