I reached out to Patricia after learning about her pro-bono offering because I am the
director of a community project, and I wasn’t confident in my ability to support it as our team, supporters and budgets grows. I wanted to learn how to cultivate a relationship with people who are (and could possibly be) supporting us with their time and money as volunteers and sustainers. Ultimately, we want to lessen our dependence on grant funding, and focus more on grassroots fundraising models, so I knew it was important for me to cultivate other tools, skills and strategies for building resources. Patricia helped me think about long-term fundraising, and opened my perspective to new practices around donor relationship-building. As a Black trans nonbinary person, I’m weary working with white people whose work is attached to the nonprofit industrial complex, so I appreciated Patricia’s awareness of her positionality and her openness and candor in having hard conversations about how we understand our relationships to money and resources.