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Changing the face of philanthropy in Western New York

Equity through Development is designed to remove barriers and empower women of color to excel in fundraising and development careers, a field historically dominated by white professionals. Over the course of three months, experienced fundraising professionals will deliver an array of powerful sessions covering topics essential to your success. In turn, each graduate will apply lessons learned to real world fundraising projects benefitting local organizations.

Our next cohort begins February 7, 2024

If you are a woman of color and are new to the world of development, or have an interest in pursing a career in nonprofit fundraising, you are invited to apply. Applications are currently closed.  

Weekly discussions will take place on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30PM via Zoom from February 7–April 24. April 10 (Professional Day) and May 1 (Graduation) will be in person. There will be no discussion on February 21 and April 3 as many school districts are on break those weeks. Capstone projects should be completed by October 31, 2024.

To remove barriers, YWCA will be offering this course at zero cost and will provide necessary technology to attend the virtual sessions.

2023 Equity Through Development Professional Day

Questions? Contact Kim Smith at ksmith@ywcarochester.org or 585-368-2260.

We graciously acknowledge Nonprofit Support Group, Rochester Women’s Giving Circle, M&T Charitable Foundation, Paychex Foundation and several individual donors who have generously underwritten the expense of this program.

Experienced fundraising professionals wishing to share their knowledge and lived experiences with our cohort, should apply here.