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Volunteer Engagement Roundtable | Webinar

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July 22nd 2020 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Fee $ 10.00

Power, Privilege, and Volunteerism

In his recent blog, nonprofit leader Vu Le wondered if nonprofits and philanthropy have become the “white moderates” that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned about in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Le called out fundraising philosophies and practices “centered entirely on making donors who are mostly white feel good about themselves” as one example of white-moderate behavior in our sector. His line of questioning also is meaningful for fundraising’s cousin: volunteerism.

Often volunteer activities center the volunteer over the participants, community, or organization that are supposed to be the reason for serving. Volunteer comfort, convenience, and priorities supersede mission.  We need to do the challenging work of finding the place where volunteer interests intersect with the needs of our participants. For this roundtable, we'll read this blog post by Sue Carter Kahl, a self-described "white moderate" of a "certain age" and discuss her experiences and perspectives as it relates (or not) to your organization's volunteer engagement strategies.

How does power and privilege affect your work with volunteers? We have an opportunity to learn from our peers who mobilize community in ways that are not labeled as volunteerism nor based on bureaucratic or human resources models. Community organizers, activists, and grassroots groups are bringing far more diverse people together to make change than many nonprofits with formal volunteer strategies. What can we learn? 



  • Free for Members
  • $10.00 for Non Members
Event Description

Amber Coté, Director of Education and Service Enterprise, Colorado Nonprofit Association. 

Amber Coté has a twenty+ year career focused on empowering vulnerable populations in her local community- advocating for abused and neglected children and victims of domestic violence; leading efforts to provide creative self-expression and job training opportunities for young adults; directing a regional early education initiative at Pikes Peak United Way; serving as the Volunteer Services and Community Outreach Director for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado and now in her current position as Director of Education and Service Enterprise for Colorado Nonprofit Association.

Ms. Coté’s diverse experience in the field of nonprofit administration, education and judicial advocacy and business informs her approach to civic engagement, collaboration-building and organizational leadership. She particularly enjoys developing alliances that leverage shared values to achieve a common vision. As a native Coloradoan, life-long activist and strong proponent of consensus-building through creative partnerships- she sees her current position as an opportunity to make a powerful and unique contribution to improve the overall quality of life in Colorado.

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Training/Event Topic Human Capital Management
Training Medium Online
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