Digital Innovations and the Future of Small-Dollar Fundraising and Organizing

Digital Innovations and the Future of Small-Dollar Fundraising and Organizing

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 19 11:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 19 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Room: 305

For over two years, we’ve navigated the transition from in-person to a fully virtual environment. We have adopted new ways to organize and fundraise by employing things like virtual events or peer-to-peer communications that could lead to new voter, supporters, or donors. Nonprofits have had to activate their communities through crises and critical moments by balancing the want to have people on the streets with the need for actions online. And now we face a midterm election where the landscape is shifting yet again. Join us to discuss innovations in technology, organizing, and small-dollar fundraising—and the question on all of our minds: Where do we go from here?

Moderator

Michelle Ngwafon

Michelle Ngwafon

Michelle was born and raised in the DMV and attended Howard University pursuing a double degree in Political Science and Philosophy. With over 10 years of experience in finance, organizing and political work, Michelle has worked with candidates and elected officials at every level of government across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. In the 2020 cycle, Michelle served as the head of the Organizing and Political Department for Tina Smith for Minnesota.
As a first generation American, Michelle has always been passionate about creating opportunities for those who want a better life for themselves and their families as her parents did for her and her siblings. Active in local politics, she was elected at-large to her county party in 2018 and was the first African American woman to be president of her local young dems organization. Michelle currently resides in downtown Baltimore with her gentle giant puppy Kirabo “Bo” and a massive collection of sneakers.


Panelists

Elizabeth Fernandez

Elizabeth Fernandez

As the Communications Director at Movement Voter Project, Elizabeth leads the communications team in developing inspiring content that helps raise money to support grassroots work across the country and uplifting the powerful and necessary work MVP’s local grassroots partners are doing to build a future where we can all thrive. She’s a writer, designer, strategic communications expert, and longtime grassroots activist who has seen firsthand the power of stories to change the world and is determined to change it for the better.

Born and raised in South Florida to immigrant parents, she developed a deep passion early on for creating change in her community that drove her to service. Her experiences span more than a decade of working in communications, publishing, and media, including previously serving as communications manager for Florida Immigrant Coalition, communications director of Service Employee International Union’s Florida State Table, and board chair of Engage Miami.


CeCe Grant

Cece Grant

CeCe Grant comes to Dream.Org with more than 14 years of experience in issue advocacy, political campaigns, and federal policy. She is a transportation policy leader and has led efforts across the country in building strong local and statewide coalitions with community, labor, faith, and environmental groups. CeCe has extensive experience in managing national and local campaigns. Most recently, she ran Conservation Voters of South Carolina’s ‘Change the Climate’ campaign, successfully getting virtually every Democratic Presidential candidate to make a strong commitment to act on Climate Change within the first 100 days.

A native Detroiter, she holds a master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University and a second master’s in Communications from Wayne State University. She now lives in Maryland.


La'Tasha D. Mayes

LaTashaMayes

La’Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of reproductive justice, human rights and leadership development for Black women and girls. She is a native of West Philadelphia and believes in the indefatigable spirit of women.

La’Tasha is the founder and former president and CEO of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, an organization in Pennsylvania and Ohio dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women, femmes, girls and gender-expansive folx. New Voices advocates at the local, state and national level for reproductive justice. In January 2015, New Voices co-launched the national policy initiative, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, as a founding partner. She has also served on the board of directors of the Groundswell Fund — the largest funder of reproductive justice and women of color. She completed a second term on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, ending in 2021. She is a past National Board Chair of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective — the largest human rights advocacy group for Indigenous women and women of color based in Atlanta.

La’Tasha is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science in business administration and earned a master of science in public policy and management from the Heinz School of Carnegie Mellon University. La’Tasha also completed the Rockwood Leadership Institute Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Fellowship in 2016, the Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and the Higher Heights Senior Leadership Fellowship in 2021.

La’Tasha has served the Pittsburgh community as an inaugural Allegheny County Human Relations Commission Vice-Chair, Social Action Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter and President of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh. In the Pennsylvania Primary Election 2015, La’Tasha ran for Pittsburgh City Council – District 7 and earned 35% of the vote against an incumbent in her first major campaign for elected public office.

La’Tasha currently is the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania State Representative in House District 24. La’Tasha is running to disrupt politics as usual with a campaign platform of Healthcare + Reproductive Justice, Community Safety, Environmental Justice, Equitable Education and Voting Rights. La’Tasha won the Primary Election on May 17, 2022 with 46% of the vote against two candidates and she is running in the General Election on November 8, 2022 with endorsements from Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC, Represent PA, Sunrise Movement Pittsburgh / Pennsylvania, #VOTEPROCHOICE, Run for Something, Progressive Voter Project, LPAC, Steel City Stonewall Democrats and LGBTQ Victory Fund.

She has received numerous honors for her work, including the City & State Pennsylvania 2022 Power of Diversity: Black 100, 2022 She Can Win Building Bridges Award, 2021 KYW Newsradio GameChanger Award, 2018 ATHENA Award nomination, 2017 NAACP East Boroughs Phenomenal Woman Social Justice Award and 2016 Coro Center for Civic Leadership Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award.

La’Tasha has been published in the following books: “Reproductive Justice: An Introduction” by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger (University of California Press), “Radical Reproductive Anthology” by Loretta J. Ross (Feminist Press), Lynn Roberts et al and in the In Our Own Voice Policy Report, “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Voices: The State of Black Women and Reproductive Justice” with her article “Building the Next Generation of Black Reproductive Justice Leaders.” La’Tasha has been featured by many regional and national media outlets, including ColorLines, Essence Magazine, NBCNews.com, Rewire, Slate Magazine, The Nation and Time.com.

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Mary Grace Wolf

Mary Grace

Mary Grace Wolf is a fundraising professional, coach and consultant who is passionate about working with progressive organizations.

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