AFP MI, Greater Detroit Chapter Event: Vu Le Workshop

June 13, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nonprofits are amazing and are doing incredible work. At the same time, there are lots of areas for us to improve on. In particular, the way we do fundraising. It's time to reimagine what our sector could look like. During this engaging and interactive 6-hour session, which will include lunch, Vu Le of will lead conversations on how our sector is evolving.

The first half of the day will focus on the overarching view of our field. We will examine philosophies and practices that may be holding us back, including boards, philanthropy, our relationship with for-profits, and our own bad habits. The second half of the day will dive into Community-Centric Fundraising: what is it, why is it needed, what actions can we each take. Be prepared to laugh, be challenged, and feel validated. Space is limited.

Speaker: Vu Le is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC (a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice).


  • 9:30 am: Breakfast and mingling
  • 10:00 am: Introductions and icebreaking activities
  • 10:30 am: Vu's remarks on the state of the sector
  • 11:00 am: Group activity: Imagining the future (drawing the front page of the newspaper set 10 years in the future)
  • 11:40 am: Group share outs
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30 pm: Deep dive into Community Centric Fundraising (intro to CCF, success stories, group work brainstorming actions, report out)
  • 2:00 pm: Break
  • 2:15 pm: Barriers to implementation, small group discussion
  • 2:45 pm: Metro Detroit community panel on challenges our area leaders are specifically facing trying to implement CCS
  • 3:20 pm: Wrap-up remarks
  • 3:30 pm: End - more time for networking until 4:00


Register Here


  • AFP Members: $200 
  • Non-Members: $250 

We recognize this price may be exclusionary for some individuals, and we want to ensure this program is accessible to all. If you need to register at a different price point, please email event manager, Elsea Burrows at and we will work with you on adjustments.

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