Building a Culture of Decolonized Philanthropy


This session is designed for fundraisers and leaders who have committed themselves to building inclusive and anti-racist philanthropy practices and spaces.


Understanding the impact of systemic racism and race-based discrimination on racialized/BIPOC communities, and the implication of these realities on philanthropy is significant.

This session will explore:

  • Who benefits from the current status quo in philanthropic practices? Who doesn’t?
  • How do we move from charity and white saviourism to equitable social justice?
  • What conversations need to happen with donors that aren’t, and how can you be a facilitative force to make a deeper connection between equity and giving?


Leena Sharma Seth is founder of Mending the Chasm, and will inspire you during this virtual session, blending teaching concepts, interactive polls, reflections, and discussion.


Building a Culture of Decolonized Philanthropy

Thursday, March 25th,  1 pm – 2 pm

AFP GH Members: $15
Non-Members: $30




Foundational to any culture change initiative is understanding the root causes of the issue, building a common language and understanding of key concepts, and locating one’s self within the narrative to understand personal complicity and opportunities for authentic allyship.


This session has been approved for 1 CFRE Education credit. 



Meet our presenter:

Leena Sharma Seth (She/Her/Hers) is Founder of Mending the Chasm and an experienced leader, coach, educator, and consultant in the areas of inclusion, equity, anti-racism and conflict transformation.

With over twenty years of experience in various leadership roles, both in Canada and in Malaysia, Leena has worked in sectors that include: non-profit, consulting, education, philanthropy, and supplier diversity. She has leveraged her entrepreneurial spirit, partnership development expertise, and her collaborative culture-building approach, to create authentically inclusive organizations and movements that produce meaningful community transformation.

Leena’s past leadership roles include: Director of the Halton Poverty Roundtable, Manager of Communities, Tamarack Institute, Executive Director, Global Vision – Malaysia, Manager, Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, and Country Director, Blue Ocean Strategy. Leena is the past Board President of Community Conflict Resolution Services of Halton, and is celebrating her tenth year in service as a Community Mediator with this organization.

Leena has a Masters in Conflict Analysis & Management from Royal Roads, is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP), and is trained as a Circle Way facilitator. Leena’s work has been recognized by MP Karina Gould with the Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award, as well as 150 Years of Exemplary Women from the Women’s Centre of Halton.

Leena is a fan of documentaries, cinnamon buns, and recently discovered her love of painting. She lives in Burlington and is raising two daughters (social justice warriors) with her husband.