Pride & Allyship in Fundraising

It’s Pride Season! So let’s dive in. Pssst… May we have an itty bitty chat about the acronym LGBTQ? Or is it LGBTQ+? When do we include the 2S? What does allyship look like from a fundraising perspective? What’s the best approach to pronouns in the workplace? This conversation provides valuable insights into the challenges faced by the queer community and what we can do collectively to drive positive change.

This episode features three leaders in the Canadian fundraising space. Our two guests are Evan Maydaniuk (he/him) and Michaël Robach (he/him). Both Evan and Michaël are Directors of Development at their respective non-profits working alongside the queer community. Michaël works with QMUNITY in Vancouver, and Evan is with Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg.

Located on Treaty One Territory and on the National Homeland of the Red River Metis, Rainbow Resource Centre is Canada’s longest-running 2SLGBTQ+ centre founded in 1973.

QMUNITY is a 2SLGBTQIA+ Resource Centre that delivers queer, trans, and Two-Spirit programs & Services across BC.

Evan is a proud Ukrainian-Canadian and citizen of the Red River Métis Nation who is excited to bring his fundraising talents to the Rainbow Resource Centre. He holds a BBA degree from the University of Winnipeg where he focused his studies on non-profit management and has since earned his CFRE (Certified Fund-Raising Executive).

With a focus on education and capacity-building, Michael has dedicated his career to serving marginalized communities within the charitable sector. His past work spans a range of critical issues, including child protection, rare diseases, and reconciliation. Through learning and awareness, Michael seeks to empower individuals to become allies, advocates, and agents of change. He believes that when we educate ourselves and others, we not only promote tolerance but also create a foundation for building a more accepting and inclusive society where everyone can thrive.

This episode is hosted by Global’s own Pat Estey, (he/him) Senior Consultant based in British Columbia. Click his name for his full bio and contact.

Link to episode: Pride & Allyship in Fundraising

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