Valerie Johnson, Author at Generocity Philly

Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson, MBA, CFRE, joined Pathways to Housing PA as director of institutional advancement in 2018. She co-hosts a podcast, Beyond Philanthropy, alongside Monique Curry-Mims. Valerie also worked as a fundraiser for Council for Relationships, Valley Youth House, and the American Association for Cancer Research. Valerie serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals board of directors as vice president of education and professional development and has been a featured speaker for PANO, NTEN, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, AFP GPC, and AFP Brandywine. She's mom to cats Agador and Spartacus, and studied marketing at Drexel University.

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From top to bottom, the way we do what we do in fundraising is designed to uphold the status quo. How do you change that? column

Jun. 21, 2021 2:30 pm

From top to bottom, the way we do what we do in fundraising is designed to uphold the status quo. How do you change that?

Columnist Valerie Johnson wonders how to apply Community Centric Fundraising principles to large institutions that are deeply invested in traditional philanthropy.
Want to be a fundraiser? Be prepared to wear many hats column

Apr. 8, 2021 9:42 am

Want to be a fundraiser? Be prepared to wear many hats

"To say we wear a lot of hats is almost putting it too lightly. We’re the middlemen, the sometimes unseen connective tissue that keep the wheels moving to connect supporters to our mission and keep the doors open," says columnist Valerie Johnson.
Hidden figures: Human services organizations’ clients are an inspiration column

Feb. 18, 2021 11:00 am

Hidden figures: Human services organizations’ clients are an inspiration

"It’s tough to ask for help in the best of circumstances, and a global pandemic is certainly not the best of times," says Generocity columnist Valerie Johnson.
Let’s agree to leave our assumptions about donors and potential donors behind column

Jan. 21, 2021 4:33 pm

Let’s agree to leave our assumptions about donors and potential donors behind

First things first, says Generocity columnist Valerie Johnson, it’s a myth that BIPOC and other marginalized communities don’t give. 
Recent survey indicates that the majority of fundraisers are unhappy with how the sector does its work column

Nov. 27, 2020 8:30 am

Recent survey indicates that the majority of fundraisers are unhappy with how the sector does its work

"Why are we unhappy? There are a lot of answers to that question," says columnist Valerie Johnson.
Building diversity into the fundraising profession starts with hiring column

Oct. 1, 2020 12:13 pm

Building diversity into the fundraising profession starts with hiring

Look outside of your own networks to find candidates, says columnist Valerie Johnson, and then check your assumptions and implicit bias during the interview process.
Are simplified grant applications here to stay? column

Aug. 31, 2020 9:18 am

Are simplified grant applications here to stay?

After moderating a virtual Funders Forum, columnist Valerie Johnson explores the grant application changes that would make life easier for nonprofits seeking funding.
Don’t perpetuate harm while parading it as diversity column

Aug. 3, 2020 7:29 am

Don’t perpetuate harm while parading it as diversity

The many nonprofits that are rushing to recruit people of color to their board and executive staff are likely unprepared to provide truly inclusive spaces for those folks, says columnist Valerie Johnson.

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