Allyship and Advocacy for Fundraising Professionals

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Allyship and Advocacy for Fundraising Professionals

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Virtual session, to be held on Zoom.
Registration: Those interested in attending are asked to email Sylvie at to get the Zoom link to tune in.

In this workshop, we will explore the importance of actively supporting individuals from marginalized groups and taking strategic action to influence decision-makers and decision-making processes. The focus will be on understanding the unique challenges faced by marginalized individuals and how we can advocate for their needs within our sphere of influence. By becoming effective allies, we can create a more inclusive fundraising environment that supports and uplifts marginalized communities.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of allyship and advocacy in the fundraising profession.
  • Recognize the unique challenges faced by individuals from marginalized groups and how to advocate for their needs.
  • Identify and mitigate unconscious bias in fundraising decision-making processes.
  • Implement strategies to foster inclusion and equity within fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
  • Develop practical skills to become a more effective ally and advocate within the fundraising profession.

Facilitator: Michelle Okere – Principal, Okere & Associates

Michelle Okere is a Metis-Cree woman from Treaty 6 Territory and an award-winning inclusion specialist with over a decade of experience leading provincial and national non-profits. As Principal of Okere & Associates, Michelle supports organizations in building their reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion capacity through consultation and special projects, workshops and training, and the development of resources.

Michelle is co-founder of the REET Institute, Chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Committee for the YWCA Edmonton, Chair of PolicyWise for Children and Families, and a member of the University of Alberta Senate. In recognition of her work in the community, Michelle has been featured on the cover of Pink Magazine, named to Edify Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40, and recently received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.


February 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Virtual Session