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Beyond Galas and Grants: An End to Nonprofit Hunger Games

  • Tuesday, June 08, 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom
  • 13


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Museum and nonprofit funding models have historically perpetuated white supremacy in a system designed for white fundraisers working with white donors. Re-examine development practices through a community-centric lens with co-op/social justice organizations and nonprofits as they share their funding models. Discuss how museums can adopt new fundraising practices and approaches that are grounded in equity and leverage the collective power of their communities.

Join our panelists from cultural non-profit organizations, including Barbara Mumby Huerta, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and Sue Bennett, Director of Operations and Miscellaneous Stuff at the Sustainable Economies Law Center to learn how museums can adopt new community-oriented fundraising practices.


Sue Bennett is Director of Operations and Miscellaneous Stuff, ensuring the organization's office space and internal operations contribute to the wellbeing of staff, and the effectiveness of Sustainable Economies Law Center’s programs. Sue has spent 25 years working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of program and administrative roles. Sue feels it's her professional destiny to advance The Law Center’s mission of supporting community resilience and grassroots economic empowerment. This feeling is fostered by her personal/political value alignment with The Law Center’s structure. Sue’s community activism is rooted in understanding and minimizing the impact of class and classism and is based on the principles of feminism and anti-racism.

Prior to SELC, Sue worked as the Grants Manager at The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), where she administered grant contracts and managed processes for EBCF, awarding over $60M worth of grants annually, to nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area and nationally. Sue grew up in Cleveland, OH in a large working-class family. Her parents’ volunteer commitments to several organizations instilled in her an understanding of community building through participation. She began her nonprofit career at Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland after owning a feminist bookstore in Cleveland Heights, Ohio for 6 years. Sue moved to the Bay Area in 2001 to work at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, where she managed local, state, and national, training and capacity-building initiatives and served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations in the areas of systems improvement, technology management and cultural competence. While at CompassPoint Sue had the opportunity to author “The Accidental Techie: Supporting, Managing, and Maximizing Your Nonprofit's Technology” and multiple training curricula on a variety of nonprofit management topics.

Sue is involved with Buddhist and LGBTQI communities in the Bay Area and nationally, and lives in a collective household in Oakland with her large extended chosen family.  She spends most of her free time reading, watching baseball, cooking organic food and making up silly games to play with her young children. Sue swims with Marcia’s Enthusiastic Masters of Oakland swim team. She loves hiking and camping and loves that the Bay Area allows her to do both outside all year long!

Barbara Mumby-Huerta was born and raised in California's rural Central Valley, where her family's Native American heritage and work as migrant farmers greatly influenced her passion for social justice. The youngest of five children raised by a single mother, the arts became an integral part of her life and worked as a coping mechanism for the poverty and instability surrounding her.

For the past 15 years, Barbara has worked in the philanthropic field designing equity-based grants programs supporting various sectors, including: arts and culture; early childhood education; workforce development; and social services. She is also a community organizer and has been instrumental in numerous grass-roots efforts, such as the successful removal of the ‘Early Days’ statue in San Francisco in 2018.  As an alumnus of the Open Society Racial Equality fellowship, she is documenting successful removal efforts of ‘Pioneer’ monuments and developing a tool kit supporting Indigenous Peoples and marginalized communities as they identify, assess, and dismantle white supremacy in public art. She was the former Director of Community Investments for the San Francisco Arts Commission and is currently the Vice President of Programs and Partnerships for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

Being the first in her family to graduate from college, Barbara completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Arts and Native American Studies with minors in Ceramics and Latin American Studies. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and a Master of Business Administration from the John F. Kennedy University. Barbara is a practicing artist and of mixed-heritage: a descendent of the Powhatan Confederacy (Patawomeck, Mattaponi, Pamunkey) from Virginia, the Konkow of California, and Scotland.

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