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IDEA Breakfast – May 17, 2019

May 17 | 8:00 am - 9:30 am

About the IDEA Breakfast Series

AFP Minnesota’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Breakfast Series invites nonprofit executives of color to share stories of leadership, fundraising, and how they navigate the sector as a person of color. The series is part of AFP-MN’s goal to make the fundraising profession more inclusive with greater representation in the sector at all levels of leadership.

The IDEA Series is specifically designed to benefit current and aspiring fundraisers of color; however the series is open to everyone interested in participating and learning from this conversation.

Topic:  “Those” people – Addressing Racism and Bias in Donor Relations

You’re in the middle of a donor meeting with one of your organization’s supporters, when they ask why your constituents don’t just get a job, or stop ending up in prison, or stop sleeping around.

As a fundraiser, what options are available when the donor across the table makes racist or offensive comments? Particularly as a fundraiser of color, how do you point out a donor’s bias, racism, and privilege without getting harmed in the process?  And what should we expect from leadership in supporting us in these situations?

Come enjoy a light breakfast and a deep discussion about how to have tough conversations with donors about bias, racism, and privilege and come out alright on the other side of it.

Please share this event broadly with your network, especially your POC connections.



Donte Curtis, Catch your Dream Coaching (facilitator)

Donte Curtis is the owner of Catch Your Dream Consulting where he mentors, inspires, and trains individuals and teams, nationwide, on leadership development, racial equity, entrepreneurship, making effective change and supports them to excel in their dreams and create positive change. With over 10 years of facilitation and speaking experience, Donte is adapt to fostering the collective wisdom in the room and creates space to make sure everyone voice is heard. Probably one of the most energetic people you will ever meet, Donte lives a life that is dedicated to leadership, social justice and liberation.

Erik Thurman

Erik Thurman, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, University of St. Thomas

Erik joined St. Thomas in 2016 as vice president for development and alumni relations.  Previously Erik was a vice president at the University of Minnesota Foundation leading principal giving and corporate and foundation relations.  He held a leadership role in the university’s $4 billion campaign.  He also held leadership positions in medicine and health fundraising.  Before that, Erik worked at the University of Iowa Foundation during its $1 billion campaign.  Erik’s responsibilities included major gift fundraising for the arts, medicine and health.  Erik received his BA from the University of Iowa.

Beverly Bushyhead

Beverly Bushyhead, Equity Strategist

Beverly Bushyhead is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Beverly has a passion and commitment to cultural strength articulation, resilience clarification and the development of leadership through that lens.  Bev earned two masters degrees in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at Hamline University. Beverly is a certified Social Justice Facilitator and Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Training Consultant. She is Chair of the Urban Indian Advisory Board and serves on the Cultural and Ethnic Community Leadership Council appointed by Minnesota DHS State Commissioner. Bev lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tootie Martin

Tootie Martin, Director of Development, Concordia University, St. Paul

Tootie Martin is a sales and fundraising professional with more than 15 years of experience and serves as Director of Development at Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP) where he has managed a development staff for the past 5 years. Tootie is an authentic individual who values the input and opinions of others, is willing to be vulnerable and leads with passion and enthusiasm. Tootie is married to his college sweetheart they have one child and a Great Dane. Tootie sees it as an obligation to give back, serve and assist in improving the human condition.


May 17
8:00 am - 9:30 am
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