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Prioritizing Racial Equity, Boundaries and Self-Care in Fundraising with Kia Croom

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 “Leaders have to do their own unpacking work. They have to do their own anti-racism work; they have to be deeply committed to anti-racism as a lifelong journey. You don’t just become anti-racist overnight.”  
– Kia Croom

Episode #177 

Overview

In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

Join us for an eye-opening podcast episode featuring Kia Croom, a trailblazing fundraising expert with over two decades of experience. In this enlightening conversation, Kia fearlessly addresses the challenges facing black and brown leaders in the nonprofit sector while emphasizing the critical importance of boundaries and self-care.

Kia’s extensive portfolio spans diverse causes such as STEM, housing, youth development, education, and HIV/AIDS. Kia excels in forging impactful corporate partnerships and is proficient in major gifts, grant writing, creative messaging, and digital marketing. Moreover, Kia ardently champions racial and philanthropic justice, focusing on combatting anti-Black racism by bolstering Black-led nonprofit organizations.

Drawing from personal experiences and a deep commitment to social justice, Kia sheds light on the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work with fundraising efforts in today’s conversation. With unwavering passion, Kia highlights the need for organizations to prioritize racial equity and justice, challenging listeners to confront systemic inequities head-on.

Throughout the episode, Kia delivers powerful insights into the detrimental effects of overwork and martyrdom, particularly for marginalized communities. With candor and conviction, Kia encourages listeners to establish boundaries and prioritize their well-being, asserting that self-care is not a luxury but a necessity for success.

Kia’s resilience and determination will inspire listeners as she advocates for a culture of self-preservation and empowerment in the fundraising industry. Also,  prepare to be motivated and empowered as Kia shares practical advice and powerful reflections, allowing listeners to navigate fundraising challenges gracefully and authentically.

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  • Support for this show is brought to you by a beloved nonprofit fundraising platform Givebutter. Our friends at Givebutter really understand what it takes to stay connected to your donors and how to use your CRM to do it. Their free fundraising platform empowers millions of changemakers to raise more, pay less, and give better every single day. To learn more about them, head on over to givebutter.com/mallory

  • If you haven’t already, please visit our new What the Fundraising community forum. Check it out and join the conversation at this link.
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Get to know Kia Croom:

Kia Croom is an experienced fund development executive with over 20 years of experience. To date she’s raised nearly half a billion dollars for nonprofits of all sizes nationwide in a variety of cause areas including STEM, housing and homelessness, youth development, education, HIV/AIDS and more. She’s worked in a host development functions including but not limited to major gifts, grant writing, creative messaging and content writing, and digital marketing and her favorite—brokering high-impact corporate strategic partnerships.

Kia is incredibly passionate about racial and philanthropic justice in philanthropy, and interested in working with agencies committed to addressing anti-black racism specifically by uplifting, strengthening and supporting Black-led nonprofit organizations.

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