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Pro Bono Perspectives S3E1: Vu Le, NonprofitAF

The Existential Crisis We Need

SOURCE: Common Impact


Vu Le of the NonprofitAF blog and formerly Rainer Valley Corps joins host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly for the Season 3 premiere of Pro Bono Perspectives. Recorded the day after the violent insurrection on the Capitol, Vu and Danielle discuss how the nonprofit sector can and must be bolder in responding to injustices like this. Philanthropy has become the white moderate Martin Luther King, Jr. famously warned us about in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” and we must get out of our own way if we are to address the true roots of systemic inequity, not just the symptoms.

An expert in nonprofit capacity building, Vu explains that while necessary and widely underfunded, capacity building has actually been harming – not helping – many organizations, especially those that are BIPOC-led. It’s time for an existential crisis in philanthropy, Vu declares. Time to reject harmful funding practices and flawed approaches to capacity building. Time to move beyond sharing power to releasing it so that underrepresented and marginalized groups can take the helm and lead in creating transformational change.

For more of Vu's words of wisdom on nonprofits, philanthropy, and CSR, visit his blog,

Tweet me: #Philanthropy is in need of an existential crisis, @NonprofitAF rabble-rouser Vu Le declares. Hear him speak to the need for better funding and capacity building practices and bolder responses to injustice on @CommonImpact's #ProBono Perspectives podcast.

KEYWORDS: Common Impact, pro bono perspectives, Danielle Holly, Vu Le, NonprofitAF, nonprofit sector, nonprofit, nonprofit funding, nonprofit capacity, capacity building, nonprofit operations, nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, CSR, corporate philanthropy, democracy, Capitol, Racial Justice, racial injustice, racial equity, racial inequity, DEI, BIPOC

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