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Community Centered Fundraising

May 27, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Zoom Meeting


Free - AFP Members (open to all AFP members)
$10 - Non-members

This event is presented free to AFP Members. Please consider making a donation to support further virtual programming from AFP St. Louis.


9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. - Presentation
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Q&A

About the Program

Are traditional fundraising models not working for your organization? Decades of donor-centric fundraising perpetuates inequity and weakens effectiveness. As the world changes, is this model still relevant? Is it time for radical collaborations and innovative solutions? Community-centric models challenge us to focus on the community as the most important element of our work. Community-Centric Fundraising, a model that is grounded in equity and social justice, prioritizes the entire community over individual organizations, fosters a sense of belonging and interdependence, presents our work not as individual transactions but holistically, and encourages mutual support between nonprofits. Join us as we discuss what community-centric fundraising is, why it works, how to shift into this work, and why it is needed now more than ever.

About the Speakers


Amie Bossi, MPPA, CFRE
Consultant, Gladiator Consulting

Amie has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade and a half, working with numerous local, regional, and national organizations. She spent most of her time working in small to mid-sized development departments, even building from scratch an entire development program for an organization that although over 140 years old, was brand new to the fundraising world.

Ensuring organizations achieve their missions is Amie’s passion. Having played many different roles within organizations, from Program Manager to Development Director, she understands the importance of building a spirit of philanthropy and maintaining it throughout development work. She is currently writing a book about fundraising and the idea that fundraising isn’t scary, and anyone can do it! She currently serves as the VP on the Board for the Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program in St. Louis.

Amie earned her BA in Communications and Sociology from Culver Stockton College and her Masters’ Degree in Public Policy Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and an ambassador for the certification program. In her free time, she loves to do community theater and spend time with her husband, little sister, rescued chocolate lab Maggie, and cats Phoebe and Tommy. 


Rachel D'Souza-Siebert, MPPA
Founder & Principal, Gladiator Consulting

Rachel is a proud life-long resident of St. Louis. Born to parents who immigrated to the U.S.A from India, Rachel has always been passionate about bridging differences and celebrating what’s possible when we collaborate from a mindset of abundance, learning and risk-taking.

Rachel is the founder of Gladiator Consulting, a boutique consultancy with a holistic approach to nonprofit organizational development. Through Gladiator, Rachel has combined her knowledge of Organizational Culture & Fund Development with her deep personal commitment to centering community, seeking justice and creating belonging for those who have been disenfranchised or targeted by institutions, systems and policy. 


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.