Spring Forum 4/29/19: Vu Le Talks Out Loud

Forum 04/29/2019 Vu Le Talks Out Loud
Provocative Thought Leadership from the Field

Spring Forum: As the Development World Turns--Vu Le On the Evolution of the Field

 When: Monday, April 29, 2019 from 3:00-5:30PM | Reception following 5:30-6:30 
Where: David Brower Center Goldman Theater @ 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley 94704
Transportation & Parking: 1 block from downtown Berkeley BART | Allston Garage @ 2016 Allston Way
Earns 2.5 CFRE Credits


Development professionals: you are some of the most creative and hardest-working people in our sector! Without your work, crucial programs and services are just not possible! That said, as our communities diversify, some “old-school” fundraising practices may be at risk of being irrelevant or possibly hurtful to our efforts to change the world. How do we incorporate equity, diversity, and inclusion? How can we raise money and support while not perpetuating savior complex and poverty tourism? How can we be authentic partners with our donors when this may involve difficult conversations such as ones about wealth and income disparity? How do we end the nonprofit Hunger Games? Get ready for Vu Le's provocative and thought-provoking keynote — that fortunately will also include pictures of baby animals.


Vu Le is the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a Seattle nonprofit that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Known for his pointed observations delivered with a sense of humor, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts, found at NonprofitAF.com, formerly NonprofitWithBalls.com. In demand as a speaker, Vu delivered the keynote at AFP International’s Leadership Academy in October 2018.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy featured him in their 2016 series;40 Under 40: “How does Vu Le get away with [speaking truth to power]? He’s very, very funny. He punctuates the serious with immensely creative, whimsical flights of fancy about nonprofit-themed game shows, sit-coms, children’s books, dating advice, and cocktails… But he never flinches from the brutal truth as he sees it, an incredibly courageous stance for a young person at mid career in a field in which opinion is typically smothered by the philanthropic practice of omertà.”


Amira Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE is Head of Development/Bid & Proposal for Public Health Institute and has served as a leader in nonprofit management for the last 14 years. The foundation for her leadership and community-building was set at an early age when her family moved from San Diego to the tiny Pacific Island of Guam to serve as missionaries, and she was intrigued by the budding ideas around what would one day be coined “collective impact.” Amira serves on the Board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

Beverly Estrellas Mislang is the Director of Development at Youth Speaks and sits on the Board of Transit Books. For three years, she served on the Board for AFP Golden Gate where she held the role of Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. She is an AmeriCorps alumna and served as the AmeriCorps VISTA Fundraising Associate at Streetside Stories from 2009 to 2010. She grew up in the Bay Area and has family roots in the Philippines.

Elliot Levin is Founder and President of Partnership Resources Group (PRG), and serves as senior counsel on PRG's projects. He draws upon his extensive background in public-private partnerships to assist organizations with growth and the funding necessary to achieve expansion. Prior to founding PRG, he managed nonprofits in Chicago, LA and San Francisco, including being CEO of one of the Bay Area's largest United Jewish Community Centers.



4/29/2019 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
David Brower Center ~ Goldman Theater 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704

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