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ComNetworkBOSTON: Why Do We Shape Our Stories from a Donor-Centric Perspective? Shifting Our Lens to Community-Centric Storytelling and Philanthropy

ComNetLOCAL Event

Thursday, March 25, 2021
3:30-4:00 PM – Networking
4:00-5:00 PM – Program

When we think about best practices in philanthropy, we often focus on how external stakeholders will receive our messages – including donor appeals, grant proposals, and event programs. But why is this the appropriate approach and do these practices honor the stories of the communities we serve? In order to further advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions must re-examine how we communicate. Ethical storytelling and community-centric fundraising are two models that offer new methods for organizations to approach philanthropy in ways that reduce harm and further social justice.

In partnership with Women in Development of Greater Boston (WID), ComNetworkBOSTON has organized a panel to discuss how current practices can perpetuate one-dimensional or inauthentic narratives, white saviorism, unequal power dynamics between grantors/grantees, or trigger trauma. Our panelists will share how organizations can adopt community-focused storytelling in fundraising, communications, and event activities, along with their experiences and successes.

$20 for ComNetwork Members and WID members (before Friday 3/22/21) – use code “COMNET20
$35 for non-members (and anyone registered after Friday, 3/22/21)

Log-in information for this program will be sent a few days in advance of the program. (Please note: No refunds can be issued within 7 days of the program)

Contact Colleen Flynn on the ComNetworkBOSTON leadership team with any questions.

Anticipated takeaways:

  • Understand the characteristics of community-centric communications and how they compare to donor-centric communications.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how participant communities are impacted when organizations center community perspectives and stories vs. a donor-centric perspective.
  • Learn new methodology and tactics on how tell the stories of organizations’ missions while advancing social justice and inclusivity.

For more information, visit the ComNetworkBOSTON website


Adanma K. Ude

Regional Director Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Nel Taylor

Development Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation


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