This week we join the Black community, along with communities of oppressed people from across the world, as we rejoice in the guilty verdict against the murderer of George Floyd.
RVC Seattle (RVC) strongly condemns anti-Asian violence in any and all forms. We stand with our AAPI community. We share our grief, fear, rage, and solidarity with the loved ones of the eight people murdered in Atlanta and their communities.
At RVC, we have worked with dozens of grassroots nonprofits of color over many years. Some of those organizations have thrived, others have folded. When it comes to building healthy organizations, there is no substitute for visionary leadership and dedicated, driven staff, but every organization we work with has this. So what does it mean when nonprofits have talented staff and a strong mission, yet still don’t thrive? The answer: it boils down to funding.
I’m still the Interim ED of RVC. Which was not the plan. When we first discussed extending the timeline, I was opposed. Dominant culture norms made me assume that was a bad thing – we need to change quickly! Be efficient!
In the Fall 2020 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, a group of leaders at RVC reflect on what we are learning about capacity building and identify seven emerging key approaches in supporting the capacity of nonprofits of color.
No matter the obstacles, what was needed was action. As the president of the two-year-old PTSA at Rainier View Elementary School, Sarena Li said the reasons her initiative aims to support families in need are simple
“It is a month of rejuvenation, a month for a second chance. It reminds me of my purpose on this earth and encourages me to reset my goals and intentions, so another year doesn’t slip by without fully living it.”
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