Beyond Donor-Centric Thinking: Fundraising with a Community Approach

The conversation will focus on these key questions: how does an organization – and the fundraisers within it – juggle the need to think like a donor without thinking only of donors? Every nonprofit organization has many constituents – staff, board, clients, volunteers, community, funders, and other supporters. How do we keep these many voices in sync to value the organization’s entire community?  


Panelist Bios


Dani Faulkner - Director of Development at Parity Homes

Dani is a versatile whose multifaceted background enables her to craft impactful narratives and strategies that empower communities and influence meaningful social transformation. Her commitment to enacting positive change in communities in need manifests in her current position as Director of Development at Parity Homes and her involvement in other organizations, such as her role as Board Treasurer for MOMCares. Dani is also actively involved in the Community-Centric Fundraising Movement as one of their Global Councilmembers.


Darius Graham -  Managing Director, Community Investment at the Greater Washington Community Foundation

Darius is a lawyer and leader who innovates within institutions, engages and centers impacted communities, and helps organizations achieve transformational change across all sectors. His current roles as Managing Director of Community Investments at the Greater Washington Community Foundation and as a Civil Society Fellow with The Aspen Institute and ADL are testaments to his expertise in the areas of philanthropy, social impact, and innovation. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and Goucher College where he teaches graduate courses on social entrepreneurship, public sector innovation and nonprofit leadership.
As the former Program Director, Baltimore, at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Darius guided the distribution of more than $30M in grants annually to nonprofits in Baltimore and beyond.


Jennifer Millman - Director, Jewish Women's Giving Foundation of Baltimore

Jennifer is the Director of the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore, a 125-member strong women’s giving circle that is a program of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. Jen made the leap into the world of philanthropy after a 14-year career as a litigator, primarily in Baltimore City, with a large chunk of that time spent as a prosecutor. Outside of work, Jen receives a lot of joy from her role as a volunteer leader at her synagogue, Beth El Congregation. In partnership with her awesome husband, Jen has raised two children in the community of Baltimore where she herself was born and raised.


Moderator Bio


Tara Turner - Assistant VP of Development at Morgan State University

Tara has over 20 years of experience in fundraising for higher education. She currently serves as Assistant VP of Development at Morgan State University. She has served as the director for several aspects within development including Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Major Gifts and Planned Giving. Tara earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame University of Maryland. She has been a member of AFP Maryland since 2006. She served on the AFP National Philanthropy Day planning committee for Maryland in 2019 and co-chaired the committee in 2020. Tara also serves a member of the Board of Directors for the Family Recovery Project which is a residential drug treatment program.