Vu Le is the Director of the Rainier Valley Corps, a leadership and capacity building organization which aims to bring more leaders of color in to the nonprofit sector, focused on immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Details at rainiervalleycorps.org.
Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work.
Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts, which you can read at nonprofitwithballs.com. He was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as a “Writer with Attitude.”
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Vu’s Monday Sessions:
Winter is Here – We Must Adapt to Fight the Ice Zombies of Injustice
Keynote Address by Vu Le, Nonprofit with Balls blog writer and Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a social justice organization focused on developing leaders of color and organizations led by communities of color.
The nonprofit sector is awesome, full of smart, dedicated, and very good-looking people. However, the challenges nonprofits face are numerous and prevent us from being even more awesome. They include restricted funding, the myth of sustainability, society’s misconceptions and unrealistic expectations of nonprofits, bizsplaining, and crappy chairs. In this talk, we delve into how both funders and nonprofits perpetuate the nonprofit hunger games, the potential solutions, and why it’s urgent that we let go of the long-held philosophies and practices that have been bad for our sector and our communities.
Our Hiring Practices are Inequitable and How We Need to Change Them
The work done in our sector impacts more than the people our organizations serve. According to Vu Le, we need to focus more attention on our hiring practices, which, unfortunately, are often archaic, short-term focused, and contributing to the inequities so many of us are trying to address.
Vu believes we have been relying heavily on the for-profit world’s hiring model, which has not been aligned with our sector-wide values of equity and community. It leaves out too many good people, and it is time that we as a field examine and change how we hire people.
Without diverse voices, we are stuck talking about the same problems in the same ways. By applying principles of equity to hiring, we will not only move our individual organization, but our sector and profession forward.
Presented by Vu Le, Nonprofit with Balls blog writer and Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a social justice organization focused on developing leaders of color and organizations led by communities of color.