Accessible Fundraising Toolkit: A guide to becoming an inclusive fundraiser
As disabled fundraisers in Canada, authors Liz Chornenki and Alison Hughes developed this toolkit based on their personal and professional experiences.
The tips, tools and resources shared in this document are not exhaustive and generally relate to their experiences in Canada and North America. We encourage you to look for resources local to you as well.
Please use this guide as a place to start making your fundraising more inclusive to disabled people.
Two versions are available:
- Accessible Fundraising Guide by Chornenki and Hughes - Word docx
- Accessible Fundraising Guide by Chornenki and Hughes - PDF
Liz Chornenki is the Annual Giving Officer at YWCA Toronto.
Liz (she/her) is a Disabled fundraiser, who spends her non-work time educating the field on ableism, accessibility, and inclusion. She believes strongly in community centred fundraising, and takes her cues from other marginalized people. Outside of fundraising she is a passionate believer in the power of camp for Disabled children, youth, and young adults to discover their true selves while surrounded by the things we're told we cannot do, and volunteers her time at an outdoor leadership program. She is also a graduate of the Humber Fundraising Management program.
Liz lives in Toronto, Ontario, which is the land of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.
Alison Hughes is the Senior Officer, Partnerships at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.
Alison Hughes (she/her) is a Disabled fundraising professional and sits on the hospital’s Accessibility Planning Advisory Committee and was part of a group that developed Holland Bloorview’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee many years ago. Alison graduated from the 2018–2019 AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy and her contributions and project focused on ableism and language, specifically in the fundraising sector. When she isn’t fundraising, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband and two small kids.
Alison lives in Aurora, Ontario Aurora is part of the Anishnabee lands and are treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, recognized through Treaty #13 as well as the Williams Treaties of 1923.