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Race in Philanthropy, A Fireside Chat

October 27, 2020
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Zoom Meeting


This event is being offered free of charge with registration.  However, if you would like to make a donation to support the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access efforts of AFP St. Louis, we would greatly appreciate your support of any amount.  You can do so through the registration screen.

About the Program

In philanthropy, race is still a factor in who gets what resources, with fewer going to organizations led by people of color. This point, along with other system inequities facing the nonprofit sector, were discussed during the morning keynote with Jarel Loveless and Desiree Coleman at AFP St. Louis' Annual Conference. To use a term coined by U.S. President Roosevelt in the 1930s to describe his informal national radio addresses - Fireside Chats -  our chapter invited them back to continue the conversation and discuss two important articles found here and here. Please join us for a discussion around operationalizing justice in philanthropy and what building an antiracist organization looks like. 

About the Speakers


Desiree S. Coleman works to create equitable and empowering conditions for women & organizations. She is a consultant who has helped numerous groups redefine their diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) practices.  Likewise, she has mentored and coached countless women to rediscover the Queen Within. Inspired by her daughters, Desiree speaks, writes, and curates events to empower women to be their best selves. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University, is a Loyola Academy trustee and is the recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award from Investment News. 


Jarel Loveless has nearly 15 years in the industry, previously working at the Saint Louis Science Center, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Teach for America.

Before returning to his hometown of St. Louis and embarking upon his nonprofit career, Jarel worked as a reporter at the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. He covered many beats - ranging from extensive investigative reporting in Fort Bragg to covering the Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup run. 

Jarel currently serves on the Board of Directors of Memory Care Home Solutions and the Advisory Council of Caring Solutions. Previous volunteer roles include: Board of Directors for the St. Louis chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Events Chair, Connect With St. Louis Board of Directors; Development Committee member, KIPP St. Louis; Young Friends Board Member, Jazz St. Louis; and the Finance Committee, Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps Alumni Association.

In 2017, Jarel was named the AFP St. Louis Young Professional of the Year. This honor is awarded to fundraisers who show exemplary work in raising funds, inspiring donors, managing campaigns, and giving back to the profession.

Jarel currently lives in St. Louis, where he also doubles as a hockey player and a musician – playing the trumpet, guitar and violin. He traveled 30,000 miles across the United States over six months performing with the Marion Cadets and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. He’s also written music performed by the Carbondale Community High School Marching Terriers and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) Marching Salukis, and worked as a clinician with bands in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and Nevada.

While attending SIUC, Jarel spent two years in Cairo, Illinois, investigating the administrative team at Cairo High School. His work led to administrative changes throughout the district, and culminated in serving as a contributing author to a book about the region, The Cairo Project.


About the Format

Upon registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting details.  If you don't recieve that email, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].  Please check your spam folders first!

We use the Zoom platform.  You will want to download the Zoom software before the meeting time.  Upon entering the meeting, please be sure that your microphone is muted until you want to talk in order to cut down on interference between your speakers and microphone.

We can utilize chat and the "Raise Hand" function during the meeting.  

The meeting will be recorded.  Presentation documents (in PDF form) will be distributed after the meeting.