All posts tagged social change

How The Wakeman Agency Helped a Historic Organization Transform its Signature Event and Increase Revenue Generation


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The YWCA of the City of New York partnered with The Wakeman Agency to revitalize the YW’s Salute Luncheon. Like many nonprofits, the YW’s small development team struggled to manage the scope of such a large event with their limited resources. When they enlisted The Wakeman Agency’s support, they had less than four months to organize the Salute Luncheon—an effort that usually takes a year of planning.

Having coached many organizations on events strategy and execution, The Wakeman Agency was able to call upon a breadth of experience when looking at the YW’s needs. A quick analysis of their situation allowed The Wakeman Agency to identify immediate improvements to the YW’s event communications, planning process, and donor strategy.

Philanthropy and White Supremacy: A Conversation with Pamela Shifman & Vanessa Daniel


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Institutional philanthropy plays a pivotal role in advancing social change, but far too often these same organizations hinder progress through systematic white supremacy. Vanessa Daniel and Pamela Shifman highlight the challenges and opportunities to bring about equity in the sector. The conversation highlights the huge disparity in funding and support for organizations led by people of color, who often receive less than their counterparts.

Wakeman CEO Chosen for Prestigious 914 Inc. “Women In Business” Award


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Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” As the founder of a social change agency, I have often found myself not only bringing the chair, but the table too, to conversations and spaces in which I advocate for the nonprofits we serve. 

Ana Marie Argilagos on Philanthropy By, For and About Latino Communities


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There are an estimated 55 million Hispanic people in the United States, comprising over 17% of the population and Ana Marie Argilagos is working to usher in a new generation of philanthropy that is for, by, and about the Latino community. Looking to fill the gap unmet by institutional philanthropy, Ana talks candidly about what philanthropy looks like for Latinos and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

Edgar Villanueva on Decolonizing Wealth in America


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Through a fascinating look at the history of our country, Edgar Villanueva provides a powerful, insightful argument for us to evaluate institutional philanthropy today. He believes that the way forward is to “heal the pain of the past and restore balance to the land.” Tune in to hear his powerful call-to-action to decolonize wealth in America.

Valaida Fullwood on the History of African Americans and Philanthropy


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Contrary to popular belief, philanthropy has been a long standing tradition of the African American community. Valiada shares her insights about how African Americans give, why they give and what the future holds. Through interviews completed while researching for her book, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, she uncovered the spirit of generosity that has strengthened communities for generations.

Tamir Novotny and the Emerging Generation Changing the Philanthropy Landscape


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No need to worry about passing the baton to the next generation of leaders in the philanthropy space. In this conversation with Tamir Novotny, Executive Director for Emerging Practitioners of Philanthropy, we learn about the vision of emerging leaders and how they want to show up in the world to create change. This isn’t your father’s leadership model. Gain insight into why this generation is focused on equity as a way to change today’s philanthropy landscape.

Dr. Jason Franklin on the Many Faces of Philanthropy


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Philanthropist, Author and Researcher, Dr. Jason Franklin, talks about the role of philanthropy in transforming communities. As the
first holder of the W. K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, Jason is focused on reframing conversations and actions about how communities take care of the people that occupy them. From “outrage giving” to donating time, he talks about the many ways and reasons that people give. Jasons’ deep understanding of philanthropy and loyal support of underserved communities leads to a candid conversation that is analytical and insightful.

Melissa Harris-Perry on the Power of Failure in Building Movements and Our Lives


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If you’ve ever heard her speak or read her writing, you know that Melissa Harris-Perry is going to teach you something you didn’t already know, while also sharing her truth. In her interview on the Social Change Diaries, she does just that- with a no holds barred sit down with Vanessa.

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