Maria Dautruche

Vice President Foundation Partnerships
National Urban League
With more than a decade of experience raising funds from corporate and foundation sources, Maria Smith Dautruche is the Vice President for Foundation Partnerships at the National Urban League working to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights for African Americans and urban residents. Maria is also a proud co-founder of New Voices for Reproductive Justice – a powerful organizing force for the health and well-being of Black women and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color at the local, state (PA and OH) and national level.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Raising Funds for Racial Justice

Raising funds for your work is key, regardless of the outcomes you seek. Panelists Veronica Garcia (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training), Aimee Walker (Race Forward), and Brent Swinton (Advancement Project) will offer real-world examples of successful fundraising to support racial justice projects and organizations. Moderated by Maria Smith Dautruche (National Urban League), this interactive breakout session will explore strategies to engage foundation, corporate, and individual donors for racial justice causes and organizations. This session opens with and will refer to recent anecdotal data directly from foundation program officers and others in philanthropy and grantmaking. This session will emphasize attendee participation and will include opportunities for discussion and experimentation with proven fundraising techniques. Participants will be able to use information, tools, and strategies from this session to help define sustainable fund development and fundraising approaches for their own projects and organizations.

Speakers: Maria Dautruche, Veronica Garcia, Aimee Walker, Brent Swinton