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The Ethical Rainmaker

Michelle Shireen Muri

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We're excited to announce the launch of The Ethical Rainmaker! A podcast where we host authentic conversations grappling with the questions we don't often ask in the nonprofit world. Sign up for updates and new episodes and follow @theethicalrainmaker on Insta and FB !

Latest Episodes

The Racist Roots of NonProfits and Philanthropy w Christina Shimizu

EEpisode Summary “Faulty.” “Problematic.” “Racist.” In this episode, we talk about why these terms are now regularly used to describe the foundations that the nonprofit and philanthropic systems were built upon. Guest Christina Shimizu, a co-founder of Community-Centric Fundraising, briefly explores the relatively recent history of how these systems came to be, why they are built on deep injustices and how philanthropy and nonprofits are actually a political and economic system. Unpack all of this with us! If we don’t examine how these things came to be, we can never hope to reimagine them, improve them or do better, to benefit the communities we are trying to serve.

31 min1 w ago
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The Racist Roots of NonProfits and Philanthropy w Christina Shimizu

Disrupting Your Community Foundation

E“...while we know that systemic racism is real and we know that funders aren’t really supporting and investing in brown and black communities, when you see the data, it's staggering. And it's amazing to me how complacent we can get sometimes, even in our advocacy.” Community foundations are supposed to serve their communities! But many community foundations use the same donor-centrism philosophies that our nonprofits do, centering white communities and wealth. In this episode, Heather Infantry, a fundraiser, executive director and organizer, tells us the story of how she called out her local community foundation and started a huge transformational shift in her community of Atlanta, Georgia.

52 min3 w ago
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Disrupting Your Community Foundation

Kink, Consent and Centering Community w L.T.

In this episode, we’re dipping into the world of kink, and BDSM - and specifically consent. With so much awful news, subjugation, disaster, political oppression and disempowerment, it is easy to brush past some of the day-to-day tools we can use to regain power. In this episode, we explore the framework of consent, applied beyond the kink world, with kink-trainer and activist L.T. We’ll talk about boundary setting, renegotiation, clear communication, power dynamics in npos and more. So buckle up and get ready for juicy, beautiful content. “..we know we have a culture that is at best, murky around consent. None of us has ever lived in a consent culture, so we don’t know what to model it after, so we are all building this together.”

49 minSEP 23
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Kink, Consent and Centering Community w L.T.

Tokenism is NOT Transformation w Chuck Warpehoski

EFrom tokenism to using community as unpaid consultants, from structural oppression to...more gatekeeping, and identity-based privilege, former City Councilman turned DEI consultant, Chuck Warpehoski, talks with Michelle about the common and -tired- ways in which institutions perform or attempt to work with the community and common pitfalls. Chuck also shares personal stories of mistakes he’s made while working to serve the community as a white man.

32 minSEP 9
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Tokenism is NOT Transformation w Chuck Warpehoski

White Women As Gatekeepers: The Clipboard of Control w Fleur Larsen

E“A lot of us, white women, are coming to our work with some deep martyrdom as the motivator. And this equation of ‘my worth is dependent on how helpful I am…’ well, helping is just the sunny-side of control.” With white women as the primary demographic of the nonprofit workforce, this episode begins addressing white women in their role as gatekeepers. In this episode, Fleur Larsen, a DEI consultant and a white woman, talks with Michelle to answer questions like: Why are there so many white DEI consultants making money off of racism? What does gatekeeping look like? How do you know you are gatekeeping and what should you do when you are called out? How do you call out a gatekeeper? Our attached bonus episode covers the elements of her life and history that have shaped her work.

37 minAUG 26
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White Women As Gatekeepers: The Clipboard of Control w Fleur Larsen

Raises in a Pandemic with Ananda Valenzuela

EDuring a double pandemic and a recession, hear a powerful story about how and why one organization decided to make the somewhat radical decision to retain all staff and give raises. This inspirational story comes from Ananda Valenzuela, Interim ED of RVC, who talks with Michelle about how these decisions were made and how their family and personal history have shaped their work and worldview.

24 minAUG 12
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Raises in a Pandemic with Ananda Valenzuela

Meaning Well Isn't Good Enough with Vu Le

EFundraising is well-intended, but meaning well isn't good enough. Hear Vu Le, one of the most amplified voices in the nonprofit sector, talk with Michelle about how the principles of community-centric fundraising were created and how his family and personal history have shaped his work and his worldview.

29 minJUL 29
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Meaning Well Isn't Good Enough with Vu Le

Welcome to The Ethical Rainmaker

Hey! Welcome to The Ethical Rainmaker - a new podcast where we host authentic conversations grappling with the questions we don't often ask in the nonprofit world. Follow @theethicalrainmaker on Insta or FB and sign up for our list to get updates: https://mailchi.mp/4f6d810aa474/subscribe

3 minJUL 15
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Welcome to The Ethical Rainmaker
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Latest Episodes

The Racist Roots of NonProfits and Philanthropy w Christina Shimizu

EEpisode Summary “Faulty.” “Problematic.” “Racist.” In this episode, we talk about why these terms are now regularly used to describe the foundations that the nonprofit and philanthropic systems were built upon. Guest Christina Shimizu, a co-founder of Community-Centric Fundraising, briefly explores the relatively recent history of how these systems came to be, why they are built on deep injustices and how philanthropy and nonprofits are actually a political and economic system. Unpack all of this with us! If we don’t examine how these things came to be, we can never hope to reimagine them, improve them or do better, to benefit the communities we are trying to serve.

31 min1 w ago
Comments
The Racist Roots of NonProfits and Philanthropy w Christina Shimizu

Disrupting Your Community Foundation

E“...while we know that systemic racism is real and we know that funders aren’t really supporting and investing in brown and black communities, when you see the data, it's staggering. And it's amazing to me how complacent we can get sometimes, even in our advocacy.” Community foundations are supposed to serve their communities! But many community foundations use the same donor-centrism philosophies that our nonprofits do, centering white communities and wealth. In this episode, Heather Infantry, a fundraiser, executive director and organizer, tells us the story of how she called out her local community foundation and started a huge transformational shift in her community of Atlanta, Georgia.

52 min3 w ago
Comments
Disrupting Your Community Foundation

Kink, Consent and Centering Community w L.T.

In this episode, we’re dipping into the world of kink, and BDSM - and specifically consent. With so much awful news, subjugation, disaster, political oppression and disempowerment, it is easy to brush past some of the day-to-day tools we can use to regain power. In this episode, we explore the framework of consent, applied beyond the kink world, with kink-trainer and activist L.T. We’ll talk about boundary setting, renegotiation, clear communication, power dynamics in npos and more. So buckle up and get ready for juicy, beautiful content. “..we know we have a culture that is at best, murky around consent. None of us has ever lived in a consent culture, so we don’t know what to model it after, so we are all building this together.”

49 minSEP 23
Comments
Kink, Consent and Centering Community w L.T.

Tokenism is NOT Transformation w Chuck Warpehoski

EFrom tokenism to using community as unpaid consultants, from structural oppression to...more gatekeeping, and identity-based privilege, former City Councilman turned DEI consultant, Chuck Warpehoski, talks with Michelle about the common and -tired- ways in which institutions perform or attempt to work with the community and common pitfalls. Chuck also shares personal stories of mistakes he’s made while working to serve the community as a white man.

32 minSEP 9
Comments
Tokenism is NOT Transformation w Chuck Warpehoski

White Women As Gatekeepers: The Clipboard of Control w Fleur Larsen

E“A lot of us, white women, are coming to our work with some deep martyrdom as the motivator. And this equation of ‘my worth is dependent on how helpful I am…’ well, helping is just the sunny-side of control.” With white women as the primary demographic of the nonprofit workforce, this episode begins addressing white women in their role as gatekeepers. In this episode, Fleur Larsen, a DEI consultant and a white woman, talks with Michelle to answer questions like: Why are there so many white DEI consultants making money off of racism? What does gatekeeping look like? How do you know you are gatekeeping and what should you do when you are called out? How do you call out a gatekeeper? Our attached bonus episode covers the elements of her life and history that have shaped her work.

37 minAUG 26
Comments
White Women As Gatekeepers: The Clipboard of Control w Fleur Larsen

Raises in a Pandemic with Ananda Valenzuela

EDuring a double pandemic and a recession, hear a powerful story about how and why one organization decided to make the somewhat radical decision to retain all staff and give raises. This inspirational story comes from Ananda Valenzuela, Interim ED of RVC, who talks with Michelle about how these decisions were made and how their family and personal history have shaped their work and worldview.

24 minAUG 12
Comments
Raises in a Pandemic with Ananda Valenzuela

Meaning Well Isn't Good Enough with Vu Le

EFundraising is well-intended, but meaning well isn't good enough. Hear Vu Le, one of the most amplified voices in the nonprofit sector, talk with Michelle about how the principles of community-centric fundraising were created and how his family and personal history have shaped his work and his worldview.

29 minJUL 29
Comments
Meaning Well Isn't Good Enough with Vu Le

Welcome to The Ethical Rainmaker

Hey! Welcome to The Ethical Rainmaker - a new podcast where we host authentic conversations grappling with the questions we don't often ask in the nonprofit world. Follow @theethicalrainmaker on Insta or FB and sign up for our list to get updates: https://mailchi.mp/4f6d810aa474/subscribe

3 minJUL 15
Comments
Welcome to The Ethical Rainmaker
the END
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