Powerful Conversations
When you and your funder don't see eye-to-eye: Learning to navigate disagreements

PSGA Panorama
2:30 - 4:00 pm, Nov. 1, 2019

A conversation with a panel of prominent fundraisers and funders about the power dynamics in a funder/staff relationship with a grantwriting lens. How do power imbalances manifest themselves? What steps can funders and fundraisers take to smooth out that differential?  What would a future with a different dynamic look like?

In this session, we’ll address these issues:

  • Recognizing how a power imbalance manifests itself and the impact that has on the funder/nonprofit relationship
  • Tips on how to negotiate challenges that arise from that power imbalance
  • How to have a conversation with your funders or grantees about equity in philanthropy

Our Panelists:

Maria Kolby-Wolfe is the Director of Development and Communications at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.  NWIRP promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.  Maria has fifteen years of fundraising leadership experience and board membership, including senior positions at the Seattle Symphony, ACT Theatre, and Swedish Medical Center Foundation.

Debra Holland is a Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer at Columbia Bank.  She also serves as chair for Humanities Washington, a Seattle-based grantmaking nonprofit that Humanities Washington opens minds and bridges divides by creating spaces to explore different perspectives.  Before her banking career, Debra spent 30 years in the nonprofit sector as Development Director for a wide range of organizations including Treehouse, First Place and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Enjoy dessert and coffee during this lively and important conversation!

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