Valerie Johnson, Author at Generocity Philly

Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson, MBA, CFRE, joined Pathways to Housing PA as director of institutional advancement in 2018. Prior to that, 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 a member of Back on My Feet's Team North Philly and mom to cats Agador and Spartacus. Valerie studied marketing at Drexel University and is coming to terms with the fact that she's going to have to stop calling herself a young professional soon.

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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.
Feeling anxious? You are not alone column

Jun. 30, 2020 7:54 am

Feeling anxious? You are not alone

With the pandemic still happening and many people learning how to cope with unknowns and a new daily routine, columnist Valerie Johnson says she's seeing a lot of folks whose anxiety is flaring up.
Do you feel like you are drifting in the sea of fundraising on a tiny raft, all alone? column

May 28, 2020 12:12 pm

Do you feel like you are drifting in the sea of fundraising on a tiny raft, all alone?

If you’re out there and wondering if you’re doing it right, columnist Valerie Johnson has some suggestions for you.
Admin vs programs: It doesn’t have to be a nonprofit throwdown column

Apr. 1, 2020 8:33 am

Admin vs programs: It doesn’t have to be a nonprofit throwdown

"Over the years I’ve made a lot of friends on the program side, and I’ve been fortunate that they share with me their thoughts on how [my] decisions affect them," says columnist Valerie Johnson.

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