Fundraising as a Choice and Not an Accident
Danisha Bhaloo-Shivji, CFRE, development and communications manager with Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton, discusses why it is important to talk about and present fundraising as a viable career option and the critical need for more racialized women fundraisers in the sector.

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Women's Impact Initiative

Since 2018, the AFP Women’s Impact Initiative has:

  • Conducted ground-breaking research on sexual harassment and gender pay inequity in the fundraising profession;
  • Created new educational materials, including fact sheets, videos, workbooks and webinars, on all aspects of gender equity and equality;
  • Developed new policies and procedures for use by the association and to be used as a model for charities around the world;
  • Launched mentorship, executive coaching, and cultural awareness programs to advance women’s issues; and
  • Inspired thousands of women and their allies to stand up, speak out and take action as we work to create a profession that is equitable, inclusive, diverse and effective

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What We Do Matters

The ongoing objectives are focused on research, education, raising awareness, and developing women into leaders.


Researching the barriers to an equitable profession. Find research materials here.


Sharing information about the issues and allowing fundraisers to share their stories. Find resources to share awareness of the issues


Provide resources and opportunities to address gender equity barriers through education. Find resources and upcoming educational offerings


Creating a safe space to share experience and seek guidance. Find information about The WII Mentoring Program.


The Women’s Impact Summit took place in October 2019.

Access Summit Materials