The WA Charters Fundraising Learning Series is a short video series providing equity-driven fundraising practices and expertise to help schools raise more funds while amplifying Global Majority voices in the fundraising space. The series strives to disrupt what “fundraising best practices” look like that have traditionally caused harm to Global Majority communities and apply an equity and community-centered lens to fundraising.

Ethical Storytelling and Communication
ZAHRA NEALY

Nonprofit storytelling for fundraising purposes has exploited the constituents they serve and further perpetuated harmful stereotypes. We have an opportunity to do better for and with our community. This conversation with Zahra Nealy is about how to identify, tell, and share stories ethically.

Zahra Nealy is a relationship-driven healthcare public relations and communications professional with specialties in media relations, development and donor communications, nonprofits, and community outreach/relations. Zahra is currently the development communications specialist at Cedars-Sinai and an adjunct instructor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

How To Avoid White Saviorism & Exploitation
ZAHRA NEALY

Like Zahra Nealy said in her first video, “ethical storytelling is about creating awareness but preserving the respect and dignity of people’s story you are telling.” In part two of our conversation, Zahra will share five ways to avoid white saviorism and exploitation in your communication.

Zahra Nealy is a relationship-driven healthcare public relations and communications professional with specialties in media relations, development and donor communications, nonprofits, and community outreach/relations. Zahra is currently the development communications specialist at Cedars-Sinai and an adjunct instructor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Building an Event and Development Program
SCOTT HICKE

Since its inception, Rainier Prep has hosted three successful fundraising events – both in-person and virtually to support core program operations. Not only have they exceeded their goals, but they also have built a strong community of supporters. Check out Scott’s tips in this video.

Scott Hicke was the founding science teacher at Rainier Prep and transitioned into his current role in the 4th year of operation. He has built many strong relationships with funders, board members, teachers, and students that have led to impressive fundraising outcomes.

How To Engage Corporate Partners
SCOTT HICKE

Corporate partners are a unique donor group that provide financial and in-kind support, matching gift opportunities, and bring mission-aligned volunteers to the school. Watch the above video to hear how Scott identifies, qualifies, cultivates, asks, and stewards corporate partners.

Scott Hicke was the founding science teacher at Rainier Prep and transitioned into his current role in the 4th year of operation. He has built many strong relationships with funders, board members, teachers, and students that have led to impressive fundraising outcomes.

Institutional Funding Types
GILLIA BAKIE

While institutional funding makes up 25% of all US philanthropy, it accounts for almost 100% of the fundraising revenue for charter public schools. To help you refresh your institutional giving and the differences between foundations types, check out this video for an overview.

Gillia Bakie is an expert on Washington’s charter funding landscape, former development director at WA Charters and founder & principal of Flicker Consulting. She is a seasoned grant writer that specializes in corporate and institutional giving strategies.

Grant Funding Strategies for Foundation Types
GILLIA BAKIE

This video will focus on foundations and share specific strategies to get funded from all foundation types – family, small and community, national, and community foundations and United Ways. Click to learn Gillia’s foundation strategies for getting funded!

Gillia Bakie is an expert on Washington’s charter funding landscape, former development director at WA Charters and founder & principal of Flicker Consulting. She is a seasoned grant writer that specializes in corporate and institutional giving strategies.

Tips for Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
GILLIA BAKIE

Gillia speaks about the importance of being clear about 1) your community’s actual demand, 2) your short, mid-term, and long-term impact, and 3) alignment of your shared values. Watch this video to learn three tips for writing a successful grant proposal.

Gillia Bakie is an expert on Washington’s charter funding landscape, former development director at WA Charters and founder & principal of Flicker Consulting. She is a seasoned grant writer that specializes in corporate and institutional giving strategies.

Equitable and Empowering Grant Writing
GILLIA BAKIE

Gillia takes inspiration from Community Centric Fundraising and has been on a journey to incorporate asset-based language in her grant proposals. Check out the video to learn how you can embrace more equitable and empowering language!

Gillia Bakie is an expert on Washington’s charter funding landscape, former development director at WA Charters and founder & principal of Flicker Consulting. She is a seasoned grant writer that specializes in corporate and institutional giving strategies.

Equity-Driven Fundraising for Leaders and the Board
JASON MCGILL

In this video, Jason McGill shares his advice on how leaders and board members can practice equity-driven fundraising while centering the needs of the community. He explores how to effectively approach fundraising and authentically engage donors in supporting an organization’s work.

Jason McGill is a community advocate rooted in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work. He currently serves as the Executive Director at Northwest Youth Services, a nonprofit serving young people experiencing homelessness and a board member at Whatcom Intergenerational High School.