Some Centering and Inspiring Advice from Kathy LeMay, Contributing Columnist

Kathy LeMay, President and CEO, Raising Change

I’m excited to announce that Kathy LeMay, author and fundraising expert, has joined our team of writers here at Philanthropy Women. Her first article, a profile of Ana Morales, an up-and-coming leader in the Latina philanthropy sphere, is on deck for tomorrow.

For now, allow me to direct you to an insightful column LeMay recently posted on LinkedIn. In it, she provides some good guidance for how philanthropists can step up in these difficult times, offering both sage advice (do the important work of listening within) and practical tips (make your multi-year pledge in one payment), in order to make the most of their role in civil society.

From Remember the Rainy Day Fund? It’s Pouring by Kathy LeMay:

I understand that this article could be read as: Please make my job easier. In better times perhaps I’d have the gall or arrogance to make such a statement. These though are not better times. I’m not sure I can fully characterize the times in which we live. What I can state with near certainty is this: We are in the times we have designed. Be it intentionally or unintentionally, consciously or unconsciously, we have shaped our world. And while for many this may seem deflating, for me- maybe because I am lucky enough to work in social change- I know that hope is not yet lost. I have seen first-hand mission makers and philanthropists coming together creatively and swiftly to turn the seemingly irreparable into the beautifully possible. And if ever there were a time for this coming together to reach historic level heights this time is now.

Today and in the coming days, human and environmental rights will face unprecedented challenges. The regressive policies being put forth by the current U.S. administration are not piecemeal nor are they narrow in scope and reach; they are sweeping, extensive, and for the most marginalized people in the world and the most precious natural resources, grim. Author, essayist and social critic James Baldwin said, “We’ve made the world we’re living in, and we have to make it over.”

Source: Remember the Rainy Day Fund? It’s Pouring


Kiersten Marek

Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island, and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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