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Words Matter – White Fundraisers, Anti-Racist Action, & the Ways We Describe It

December 10th, 2020
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Scrabble tiles spelling out the phrase "words matter"

Do you wonder what your place is as a white fundraising professional in the movement for racial equity? Do you worry that when you speak or write about race and racism, you’ll get it wrong?

Many in our field want to get braver, strengthen our skills, and improve our relationships, so please join us for this conversation. We’ll cover basics like white privilege and white supremacy, and how they play out in our roles. Then we’ll learn approaches to advancing equity in our interpersonal relationships, teams, and in our work products, like grant proposals or direct mail pieces. Speaking up for racial justice has never been more important, so let’s find ways to do it powerfully, consistently, and with accountability to people of color stakeholders.

While this session is designed by a white fundraiser with other white fundraisers in mind, all are invited to the conversation.


Brianna Boggs is an independent coach and consultant focused on supporting executives and boards of directors through leadership challenges. She focuses on racial equity (dismantling white supremacy culture, supporting leaders of color in white-founded organizations, helping white leadership build tolerance for racial stress, preparing organizations for transition) and fundraising (building skills, confidence, and creative strategies; responsibly transitioning funding relationships from founders to new leaders).

As co-founder and co-facilitator of the Racial Equity Senior Leaders Learning Circle at Trinity Boston Connects, Brianna developed the curriculum and facilitates a 10-month cohort for nonprofit senior leaders seeking to dig deeply into the personal side of leadership on racial equity and implement new practices to improve their organizations.

Prior to her coaching and consulting work, Brianna’s career focused on fundraising and communications in social justice organizations including GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders) where she was most recently Director of Development at the 41-year-old impact litigation organization. As Director of Development and Communications at Trinity Boston Connects, she led public-facing strategies for the organization’s work to unlock opportunity for youth of color in Boston. As Development Manager for StreetSafe Boston at The Boston Foundation, Brianna led fundraising for a gang violence intervention strategy aimed at reducing homicide amongst the most active gangs in the city and, through counseling and job training, providing young people a way up and a way out.

Brianna has served as a volunteer or board member for organizations including the One Love Foundation, GLAD, the Ms. Foundation, the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, Coro Allegro and InnerCity Weightlifting. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the Ohio State University. She is a proud Midwesterner who descends from a country music singer/songwriter and an opera conductor. She lives in Dorchester, MA with her husband Sean and cuddly pit bull Papa.

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