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The most meaningful measure of success for most fundraisers is the amount of money raised.

Tycely Williams

Think about it. This measure, which is often quantified on an annual basis or in some instances tracked daily, influences your performance review, determines your worth to the team, and even sways your sense of self.  You are a fundraiser; by definition you are expected to raise funds. You are compensated, rewarded, and incentivized based upon your ability to effectively fundraise.

Money matters in the fundraising field.

Money matters to the people raising the money. Money matters to the people managing the money. Money matters to the people contributing the money. How do you in good conscious accept the fundamentals of fundraising without rejecting the value of donors with less financial capacity? How do you provide rightful recognition without overlooking contributions of time and talent that aren’t paired with treasure?  How do you contend with the generally held belief that when money enters a conversation, room, or event—it is always accompanied by privilege, power and prestige?

Likely, you too have more questions than answers.

The cry for equity is everywhere. I don’t know how to best prevent the perpetuation of privilege, the protection of power, and the prevalence of prestige.


I don’t know if it is even possible to prevent the perpetuation of privilege, the protection of power, and the prevalence of prestige? We can champion fairness by alphabetizing the list of million-dollar donors. We can certainly celebrate every penny by eliminating tiered giving circles and referencing every donor in the annual report. We can even adopt Gift Acceptance policies that require public anonymity for contributions of any amount.

Its difficult to adopt sensible solutions, yet, I’m willing to listen, learn, and leverage the perspectives of others.

Journey with me to explore how to properly position privilege, power, and prestige. Money matters in the fundraising field, as does our ability to tackle this complex yet interdependent connection to currency. What is your take?

Join me: Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 1pm EST



Meet Tycely Williams

Tycely Williams has inspired individuals and institutions to invest more than $92 million dollars in charitable causes.  Over the past 23 years, Tycely advanced philanthropy as vice president of development of YWCA USA, as the chief development officer for the American Red Cross National Capital Region, an association director of major gifts for the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, a director of development for two health and human services organizations, the artistic director of two community-based dance studios, and the executive director for a nonprofit organization founded by a Fortune 500 company.

cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in Journalism. Tycely possesses an Executive Masters in Leadership from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

In her spare time, she chairs the Board of Trustees for Monument Academy Public Charter School and volunteers with numerous youth-serving organizations. Tycely is a Certified Fundraising Executive, past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Washington DC Metro Chapter, and the immediate past chair of the Women’s Impact Initiative of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A joyful divorcée, Tycely enjoys traveling, crashing charitable fundraising galas, taste-testing fried green tomatoes and conversing with values-driven leaders in preparation for her first book.

You can follow Tycely’s take on youth engagement, voluntarism, and charitable fundraising on Twitter via @Tycely.

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