Bringing JEDI Principles To Life In Peer-to-Peer Events with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Deb Barge
In 2023, leading nonprofit organizations are undertaking the essential and challenging task of scrutinizing their operational strategies through the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) lens. Big questions remain, particularly regarding racial equity and its intersection with the missions we champion, the positions we advocate, the donors we prioritize, and even the composition of our workforce.
And our small world of peer-to-peer fundraising is no different.
Our peer-to-peer fundraising events present a unique opportunity to translate these principles into action – in our capacity to unite individuals from diverse backgrounds around a common cause, in the role our events play as a mirror reflecting the broader community we serve, and in our commitment to dismantling barriers that might hinder potential supporters from connecting with our mission.
In this episode, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Chief Development Officer, Deb Barge, joins P2PPF’s Marcie Maxwell for an important conversation about the critical need to prioritize the principles of JEDI in peer-to-peer fundraising work. Marcie and Deb discuss real-world examples of how leading organizations are bringing JEDI principles to life with their P2P events, as well as the role that staff and volunteers can play in creating an inclusive environment.
In today’s episode, we’ll explore:
- The longstanding roots of JEDI in P2P events
- The importance of a diverse workforce
- The power of mission-connected volunteers
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As peer-to-peer fundraising professionals, we are inherently passionate people. Passionate about our missions, our fundraisers, our events, and our campaigns. We barely shy away from sharing our opinions. Whether it's the debate between back-to-basics, or searching for the next big idea, the battle of retention versus recruitment, or even our very strong feelings about T-shirts and registration fees.
Welcome to The P2P Soapbox, a brand new podcast that amplifies the voices of our peer-to-peer fundraising community and gives us a platform — a soapbox, if you will — to discuss the hot topics facing our industry.
Join your host and P2P BFF, Marcie Maxwell, the Managing Director of the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, as she sits down with industry peers and leaders, delving deep into their soapbox issues, sharing best practices, and celebrating success stories.