Talking Together: Why Color-Blind Philanthropy Creates More Blind Spots

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA) Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Lowcountry Chapter, in conjunction with TogetherSC, is hosting a meeting of the minds to discuss Why Color-Blind Philanthropy Creates More Blind Spots. The panel discussion will encourage a candid dialogue about the blind spots that exist in fundraising and steps we all can take to move in a new and improved direction. Panelists will share their varied experiences as a donor, grant funder, and small grass-roots nonprofit.

Participants will gain a new perspective for fundraising that promotes inclusion and diversity while recognizing the gaps that currently exist in fundraising.


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Quinetha Frasier

Fundraising Strategist and Deal Maker for Good


Reaching Beyond our Walls | Love Inc.

Joyce Maybin Nesmith,

Executive Director, Beyond Our Walls

Herbert L. Drayton, III,

Business Leader & Philanthropist

Mamie Nicholson,

President, The Self Family Foundation

Attendees (126)

Amy Breault

Executive Director

Horry County First Steps

Amy Wilson

Chief Compliance Officer

One80 Place

Ann Warner



Argentini Anderson

Executive Director

Dress for Success Columbia

Ashley Redmond

Executive Director/Chief Development Officer

Roper St. Francis Foundation

Barbara Rackes


SC Women in Leadership

Becca Bosch

Program Sustainability AmeriCorps VISTA

NAMI Greenville

Beth De Santis


Fact Forward

Bob Morris

Community Foundation of Greenville

Bree Bess

Program Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation

Brett Wadford

Director of Development

Center for Heirs' Property Preservation

C. Michael Bowman

President, BOD

Father to Father, Inc.

Caroline Mauldin

Southern Equity Collective

Craig Currey

Chief Executive Officer

Midlands Housing Alliance

Cynthia Swenson


Daniel Prohaska

President & CEO

Lions Vision Services

David Burden

Director of Nonprofit Recruiting

The Newell Group

Debbie Cooper

Director of Donor Services

Community Foundation of Greenville

Debbie Jones

Executive Director

Social Emotional Learning for South Carolina

Donna Ortega

Founder and Owner


Donna Waites

Vice President of Programs

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Eileen Chepenik

Executive Director

Trident Literacy Association

Elizabeth Houck

Strategic Initiatives Associate

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Elmire Raven

East Cooper Community Outreach

Ericka Wooten

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Erin Fisher

Global Engagement - South Carolina

The Boeing Company

Ernest Brown


North Central Family Medicine

Heather Witt

Vice President of Community Impact

United Way of the Piedmont

Henrietta Woodward

Executive Director

Community First Land trust

Jennifer Bozard

Chief Operating Officer

One80 Place

Jennifer Ross

Director of Development

Gibbes Museum of Art

Joyce Nesmith

Executive Director

Beyond Our Walls at BOWs Meeting Place

Julie Hussey


Civic Communications LLC

Justin Stokes

Deputy Chief Conservation Officer - Nat'l Office

Audubon South Carolina

Kaky Grant


Grant Philanthropic Advisors

Karen Addy

Development Coordinator

Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)

Karen Oliver

ECAC Program Manager

United Way of the Midlands

Kati McArdle

Grants Manager

Coastal Conservation League

Katie Norris

Senior Client Account Manager


Keisha Gray

Program Director, Early Childhood Development

Mary Black Foundation

Kelsey Crum

Executive Director

Carolina Dance Collaborative

Kena Dill

Leeza's Care Connection

Lakita Watson

Executive Director

Richland County Recreation Foundation

Lauren Gellatly

Director of Operations

Lowcountry Local First

Lauren Johnson

Director of Major Gifts

Roper St. Francis Foundation

Laurie Rovin

Nonprofit Consultant/Interim Executive Director

Laurie Rovin, LLC

Lenora Lefew

Volunteer and Development Coordinator

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Lorraine Chow

Communications Specialist

South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Luanne Rodgers

Chief Philanthropy and Mission Advancement Officer

Windwood Family Services

Mack Bigby

Executive director


Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Mamie Nicholson


The Self Family Foundation

Mandy Black

Executive Director

Little Steps

Marc Pitman


The Concord Leadership Group

Marco Corona

Chief Development Officer

One80 Place

Marti Colucci

Managing Director

Leeza's Care Connection

Meg Stanley

Executive Director

Eat Smart Move More SC

Megan Reilly

Development Director

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Minor Mickel Shaw


Daniel-Mickel Foundation

Nancy Appel

Development Director

Coastal Conservation League

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO

United Way of the Piedmont

Pat Baxley

Grants/Development Manager

Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina

Quinn Hayes

Director of Women in Philanthropy

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Richard Puffer

Executive Director

The Byerly Foundation

Rodney White, Jr

Social Work Intern

Together SC

Samantha Alcozer

Conservation Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy

Samantha Scott

Corporate Relations Manager

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Samantha Shirley

Director of Business Development


Sara Green

Executive Director

SC Wildlife Federation

Stacey Denaux


One80 Place

Susan B Bankson

Wells Fargo

Tatjana Beylotte

Executive Director

Charleston Jazz

Tes Myrie

Major Gift Officer

Coastal Conservation League

Tina Marshall

Community Relations Officer

Palmetto Goodwill

Tina Ujcich

HR & Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Charleston County Parks Foundation

Vanessa Hill

Assistant ED for Operations

University of South Carolina Alumni Association

Wanda Newkirk

Executive Director

Nazareth House

49 Other Registered Attendees

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Debbie Nelson

President and Founder, DNA Creative Communications