Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Fundraising: Inclusive Philanthropy Micro-Credential

  • Digital Badge upon full completion of course micro-credential
  • $255 pp (15% off) until April 3, 2023 - use code FIU15
  • $300 pp beginning April 4, 2023
  • 6 Modules
  • 100% Online/Live Webinars
  • Registration deadline: April 21, 2023

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This Webinar Series is for Universities and University Foundations who are committed to and want to learn more about redressing historic inequities, changing the systems that create inequitable starting places, fund lifting opportunities and promote inclusion.  The Series will address how institutions can level the playing field and make room for those who have been marginalized, excluded, or devalued and who remain systemically underrepresented.

Learners will understand how to establish an Office of Inclusive Philanthropy within their university foundation, will understand best practices in creating transparency and discipline around DEI work in higher education, which includes conducting DEI strategic collaboration sessions to refine and create interventions that can yield impact at scale. Attendees will be provided tools to help identify targeted equity outcomes; guidance in conducting asset mapping and resources to help create a case statement for donors wishing to invest in social justice and equity action.

This webinar series consists of six, live two-hour modules (1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EST), one time per week on May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7th.  All Modules are recorded should you miss a date.  Participants must score at least 80% on all five assignments in order to receive the course micro-credential.

While this series is well-suited for advancement professionals and diversity, equity and inclusion leaders in higher education, this series is designed for individuals across industries.

  • Module 1: Asset Mapping Part 1: Identifying Initiatives Gaps

    Collaboration and boundary crossing research is critical to identifying initiatives gaps at the Institutional and College/Unit levels. This module will explore barriers related to Inclusive Philanthropy and strategic data gathering. The assignment for this module includes reflective collaboration across the university and advancement to include data gathering with the focus on Strategic Pillars (ex: enrollment, student success, etc.).

  • Module 2: Asset Mapping Part II: Need Based Funding to Support DEI Initiatives University-Wide

    Generating philanthropic revenue for programs focused on changing those systems that create and sustain inequities encourages the advancement of transformative solutions. Embedding the work from Module I, Module 2 will produce evidence of need-based funding to support initiatives gaps by target populations over the next three years. The assignment for this module will include the creation of a Transformation Map noting the current and future state of funding for each target population, using philanthropy as the major driver. 

  • Module 3: Developing Solutions with a Race-Based Lens: Racial Equity & Philanthropy

    This module is designed to assist you in understanding how racial dynamics are critical to finding effective solutions and achieving equitable outcomes. You will reflect on how racial inequities are built into your Institutions philanthropic/fundraising norms, with the goal of empowering you on your journey in addressing racial inequities as you build out your Inclusive Philanthropy Case Statement.

  • Module 4: Asset Mapping Part 1 & 2: Targeted Equity Outcomes

    For each of your initiatives gaps identified in Module I, you will have created funding priorities that will help your organization achieve the desired equity outcomes. In this module, you will create brief equity outcome statements. These are your targets that will help guide and organize your fundraising priorities and serve as talking points as you communicate with donors about where they would like to make an impact.

  • Module 5: Fundamentals & Strategy-Establishing an Office of Inclusive Philanthropy

    This module will explore the fundamentals and strategy of establishing an Office of Inclusive Philanthropy by identifying relevant problems and market gaps related to Inclusive Philanthropy; identifying the purpose of the Office and operational areas as well as strategic goals of the office and its alignment with your university’s strategic plan. 

  • Module 6: Developing a Roadmap: Creating a Case Statement for Donors

    This module is designed to bring to life all the collaboration and boundary-crossing institutional research that you have been committed to over the last several weeks. Steps related to creating a Case Statement Outline will be discussed, integrating the data from your Asset Mapping Part I and II, as well as your Transformation Map. This outline can then be used to draft your formal case statement to use as a roadmap for donors committed to social justice and equity action.

I cannot tell you enough how valuable this has been for us at this stage of our development. You’re doing an incredible service for higher education with this course.

Dr. Amy B., Virginia Commonwealth University

The Inclusive Philanthropy webinar series has been very helpful in affirming several of the initiatives we have undertaken at our university. The strategies and tools provided are innovative, resourceful and astute. This series has been both timely and relevant as we reimagine intentional collaboration within our division and with our campus partners.

Walter J., University of South Florida Foundation



Maia McGillMaia McGill serves as the Senior Executive Director for the Office of Foundation Relations and Founding Executive Director for the Office of Inclusive Philanthropy for Florida International University Foundation, Inc.

Maia cofounded the FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy which brings together development professionals, community and industry partners from diverse backgrounds to inform, implement and evaluate philanthropic strategy and programming that promotes systemic change. This includes scholarships and wrap-around support services for students, increased faculty diversity, strong and inclusive advisory board governance, social equity research, cultural competence trainings, and improved health and education outcomes. Since the founding of the Office in 2021, more than $33M has been raised in support of DEI initiatives university-wide.

In addition to FIU, her roles in higher education included serving as the Director of Community and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In that role she facilitated and guided proposals and white papers for diversity research grants and initiatives; directed several community-based programs and screenings serving underserved and vulnerable populations — impacting thousands of residents. She was also successful in cultivating and maintaining relationships with key leaders in both public and private sectors, foundations, with various healthcare providers, researchers, faculty and community-based organizations.

Dr. Jay P. JeffersonDr. Jay P. Jefferson currently serves as a data analyst for the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and was a former postdoctoral researcher within the School of Universal Computing Construction, and Engineering Education (SUCCEED) at Florida International University. As a data analyst within the Division of DEI, Dr. Jefferson has analyzed large data sets including FIU's first ever Belonging Survey, which was dedicated to assessing campus climate at FIU. Additionally, Dr. Jefferson serves as the program manager for the DEI Doctoral Fellowship, funded by Microsoft, which provides 15 FIU doctoral students with community support and professional development opportunities. Dr. Jefferson is committed to topics of U.S. and global race relations, intersectionality of social identities, MSI (specifically HBCU and HSI) campus climate and culture, as well as topics of power, privilege, mental health, and overall student experiences in STEM. His work is reflective of a clear passion and responsibility for engaging in critical allyship for historically excluded identities, overall co-conspiratorship towards social justice, and being vocal for the need to engage in authentic and equitable partnerships in service of continued HBCU/HSI success in broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

Prior to his appointment as a DEI analyst, Dr. Jefferson's postdoctoral research experiences centered on investigations of 1) the underrepresentation of Black women in engineering bachelor’s degree attainment (with emphasis on the critical role of HBCUs in graduating Black women within this field), 2) the experiences of HBCU engineering stakeholders (students, faculty, and staff) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 3) how undergraduate experiences at HBCUs contribute to successful graduate pathways for STEM students. Finally, Dr. Jefferson is a certified affirmative action professional as well as an alumnus of FIU, receiving the honor of World’s Ahead graduate and is passionately committed to strengthening the institutional climate of his alma mater. He received his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 2020.

Dr. Shanequa FlemingDr. Shanequa Fleming is the CEO of Culture Accelerators, a leadership catalyst for innovation and trusted strategic advisor to executives and emerging world leaders—innovators, disruptors, change makers. Her “break the box” approach to peak people performance ignites new thinking, inspires innovation, and reframes leadership for the future. She brings more than two decades of experience in healthcare, education, consumer brands, economic development, financial services, fintech, foundations, and non-governmental agencies and is internationally recognized for foresight strategy and cross-sector collaboration that translates to radical results.

Shanequa is a recognized thought leader, and fire brand in breakthrough thinking helping leaders discover new insights and lead innovations that power personal and organizational transformation. As a former Chief Learning Officer and change maven, Shanequa has developed a proprietary approach to building capacity in organizations to be responsive to disruption of business models, disengagement, disconnect with stakeholders and digital disruption. She is a certified foresight strategist, adjunct professor, media commentator, keynote and TEDx speaker, whose leadership impact has been felt across the US, Caribbean, China, and Europe. 

Her passion and commitment to culture change is demonstrated through her leadership in global-scale efforts such as Virgin Unite’s 100% Human at Work and her service as board member for the Urban League of Broward County in Florida. She holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Public Administration.  

Shanequa is the wife of Dr. Jermaine Fleming, mother of Kamari, Jermaine, II, Jae Simone, and furmom to Prince Charming Fleming. She is guided by a genuine love for humanity and helping people.