Events

Voluntourism: Privilege, Power, and New Possibilities

Thursday, October 24, 2019
2:45-4:00pm

Location: Portland State University

Register here: http://globalpdx.org/globalpdx-conference-2019/

While volunteers play a vital role in nonprofit operations both at home and abroad, the booming sector of voluntourism has also led to widespread exploitation and the commodification of communities around the world. In the shadow of several highly-publicized scandals, nonprofits are grappling with increased skepticism and the ethics of sending privileged, untrained people to affect change at our sites of impact. This provocative panel brings together some of our region’s most forward-thinking leaders in volunteer management and asks them some of the toughest questions: Do our volunteer opportunities really move the mission forward, or are they simply padding resumes and bolstering egos? How do race, class, power, and privilege show up in our volunteer programs and do they challenge – or reinforce – an inequitable status quo? Come take a deep dive into the complexities of utilizing volunteers in the international landscape, and learn how we can create more equitable and effective programs.

 

 

From Exploitation to Empathy: Navigating the Dynamics between Donors, Staff, and Program Participants

Thursday, August 15, 2019
12:00-1:00pm

Location:
Strategies 360 Conference Room
240 N Broadway
Portland, OR 97227

This free lunch & learn program is brought to you by Global PDX, a community of Oregon-based global development professionals.

Register here: http://globalpdx.org/event/lunch-and-learn-with-caliopy-glaros/

Since the term “poverty porn” first appeared in 1981, much has been said about the exploitation of human suffering to inspire charitable giving. Yet four decades later, many organizations still struggle to communicate their impact in a way that authentically represents the issue and preserves the dignity of those affected by it. How do we portray our program participants as their own agents of change, while admitting that they also need our help? How do we emotionally connect funders to our clients, without simplifying their challenges or minimizing cultural differences?

In a refreshing take on this provocative issue, Caliopy Glaros of Philanthropy without Borders invites attendees to move beyond lexicon and imagery, to embrace methods that both challenge assumptions and inspire empathy. Drawing from her experience in international donor travel as well as research from social psychology, she provides an innovative approach to building capacity for empathy while motivating others to action.

Attendees will leave this session with a new means of evaluating interactions between donors, staff, and program participants, as well as tools they can begin implementing right away.

 

 

10 Tips for a Successful Donor Trip

Based on the most common mistakes and missed opportunities I see,  my ten biggest tips will help ensure your next donor trip meets the mark.

Monday, July 15th
10:00am PDT / 1:00pm EDT

This free 30-minute flash webinar is sponsor by Bloomerang and hosted by fundraising guru Pamela Grow.

Register here: http://motivatemonday.pages.ontraport.net/

 

From Exploitation to Empathy: How to Talk About Our Beneficiaries with Dignity and Truth

 

June 14, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PT)
AFP Oregon & SW Washington Chapter
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon
Portland, OR 97205

Since the term “poverty porn” first appeared in 1981, much has been said about the exploitation of human suffering to inspire charitable giving. Yet for all that we’ve learned over the last four decades, many organizations still struggle to communicate their impact in a way that authentically represents the issue and preserves the dignity of those affected by it. How do we portray our beneficiaries as their own agents of change, while admitting that they also need our help? How do we emotionally connect our donor to our clients, without simplifying their challenges or minimizing cultural differences?

In a refreshing take on this provocative issue, Caliopy Glaros of Philanthropy without Borders invites attendees to move beyond shifts in lexicon and imagery, and embrace methods that both challenge assumptions and inspire empathy. Drawing from her experience in international donor travel as well as research from social psychology, she provides an innovative approach to building our donors’ capacity for empathy through all forms of interaction: mass communications, one-on-one conversations, and experiential tours.

Attendees with leave this session with an applicable strategy and concrete process they can take back to their organizations and begin utilizing immediately. Join this workshop to learn to navigate this complex issue and transform your organization’s messages into vehicles of dignity and empowerment.

How to Communicate Across Cultures When Knowledge is Not Enough

Hosted by Global PDX

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 
5:30-8:00pm

Basecamp Brewery
930 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214

Global PDX is a consortium of NGOs, businesses, and individuals involved in international development. This monthly social connects fellow professionals and provides an opportunity for the community learn about our work.

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