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Grants Plus presents: Check your labels: Race, gender, and power in grant writing

With special guest, Carlton Ford, author of “Careless labels like ‘underserved’ ignore the richness, diversity among Blacks,” which appeared in the Miami Herald.

Date: Wednesday, September 30

Time: 12 PM ET/ 9 AM PT

Description: Grant writing requires making choices about language. How do the labels we choose either empower or disempower the individuals and groups our institutions serve? In a widely-circulated recent Op-Ed, nonprofit fundraiser Carlton Ford calls on us to find alternatives to terms like “underserved” and “underrepresented,” which can too often be our shorthand in grant proposals for talking about minority communities – but, Mr. Ford asks, “Whom do we serve by labeling an entire community as ‘under’ anything?” It’s time we examine and challenge the common tendency in grant writing to rely on ubiquitous phrases and careless jargon that fails to honor the complexity and diversity of people. Join our team at Grants Plus—and our special guest Mr. Ford—for a spirited exploration of language at the intersection of race and gender. Together we will discover new terminology that will uplift our grant writing and each other.

KeyBank and Grants Plus present: How Nonprofits Can Survive and Thrive in a Challenging Year

Date: Wednesday, October 21

Time: 12-1:30 PM ET

Description: In this interactive session, the first in a series of educational moderated discussions, nonprofit leaders will gain useful guidance to help them not just survive but thrive in the multiple challenges the sector is facing this year. Experts from KeyBank, Grants Plus, Philanthropy Ohio, and The Cleveland Foundation will provide perspective on the nonprofit sector’s role in challenging racial injustice, how organizations are managing the continued COVID crisis, and what effects November’s election may have on nonprofits. The panel will recommend steps nonprofit professionals can take to address these issues while sustaining their missions to be in a stable position in 2021. Participants will be invited to cast their votes to help decide the topics that will be covered in the upcoming sessions in the series.

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