• Imagining A Nonprofit Wakanda


  • About Nonprofit Wakanda Quarterly

    Imagining a Nonprofit Wakanda: A Manifesto is an articulation project that creates space for self-identified Black/African Diasporic leaders/dreamers to share their vision for a city and a sector that centers Black lives and works to protect, celebrate, and secure prosperous, beautiful Black futures.


    For those of you familiar with the 2018 Marvel movie "Black Panther", Wakanda is a fictional African country where, in all of its glory, Blackness is centered, elevated, celebrated, and well resourced.


    This project, this manifesto, is a radical re-imagining of what NYC will look like if Black leadership and Black communities are centered, supported, and resourced. From healthcare, social services, housing to centers of spirituality and restoration, imagining a Nonprofit Wakanda not only provides space for aspiration, but it also is a set of demands and directives from Black leadership to the sector and the city more broadly.


    We need space to dream and aspire so that we can work toward the future that we, as Black people, Black leaders, and Black community members want to see. We know our past--from African Kings and Queens to Black Wall Street--we know that our legacy is one of resilience, beauty, power, and art. Now is the time for us to envision the future.

    Submission Guidelines

    We are inviting you to write and submit a 2-3 page contribution to the manifesto. It can be from your organizational vantage point, or it can be from any other type of leadership/personal/spiritual/radical perspective you want to explore. Whether you are a nonprofit ED, a board member, an organizer, a community leader, a donor, scholar, researcher, a parent, a man, a woman, non-binary, trans, etc. we invite you to bring your full selves into this Black Future.


    From the Guest Editor


    David McGoy, CFRE

    Spring/Summer Guest Editor

    David is a writer, consultant, solopreneur, Founder and President of ASSIST Development Consulting, and a proud contributor to the inaugural issue of Nonprofit Wakanda Quarterly.

    You can reach him on LinkedIn.

    The concept of “Nonprofit Wakanda” is like a Rorschach test. You see what you see, never knowing what others are going to see or where their minds are going to take the image. Like watching clouds, when someone tells you what shapes are taking form, then you start to see them too. It may be a struggle at first, and you may not necessarily agree with the final impression, but most of the time, eventually, you’ll get it. In Rorschach inkblots and clouds, there are no right or wrong answers. Wherever perspective lands, it feels right. That’s been my experience with NWQ. In only its second issue, which features six selections to add to the eight from the first, the richness and diversity of voice and perspective is already astounding. But there is also connective tissue that runs through these pieces, a common spirit, purpose, and sentiment that captures the energy, urgency and fearlessness of our times.


    In this issue, George Suttles, the visionary behind NWQ, leads off with a poignant question about dreams which, after all, is what Nonprofit Wakanda is (or was, before this publication came to life). The journey continues with audacity, as Anastasia Tomkin presents a bold and disruptive idea that challenges the way that nonprofits prioritize their own financial security over the well-being of the people their missions purport to serve. Damyn Kelly sounds the alarm on leadership, providing a detailed breakdown of the many ways in which Black men are boxed out of the power structure in nonprofits. Aseanté Renee addresses the idea of healing, asking the important question of how to strike the right balance between saving the world and sacrificing ourselves. Lori Clement challenges preconceived notions about professionalism, giving us concrete ways to bring true selves into the workplace. Fittingly, on this eve of Juneteenth, the issue closes with Trish Adobea Tuchume’s love offering on the topic of liberation.


    Collectively there is a passion, pain, pragmatism, empathy, commitment, and underlying it all, hope, that for me, embodies what it means to be Black in America. These pieces confirm that Nonprofit Wakanda isn’t, wasn’t meant to be, nor ever will be, one specific thing. It is indefinable and has many permutations, but we know it when we see it, and feel it when we feel it. I hope you feel the same as you read these pages.




    • A Dream Preferred - George Suttles
    • An Open Letter to My Nonprofit Colleagues - Anastasia Tomkin
    • In Search of Black Male Leadership - Damyn Kelly
    • Who’s Healing You? - Aseanté Renee
    • What Does it Mean to be Free as a Wakandan Professional? - Lori Clement
    • Four Frameworks for Living Liberation - Trish Adobea Tchume


  • Spring/Summer 2021 Submissions

  • Contributors

    Spring-Summer 2021 Contributors

    Trish Adobea Tchume

    Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

    Director of Liberatory Leadership and Sterling Network Organizer

    Damyn Kelly

    Lutheran Social Services of NY

    President & CEO

    Lori Clement 

    Executive Recruiter, Children's Book Author, Mom, Wife

    Aseanté Rene, LMSW

    Renewed Focus Psychology Service / The Axon Group

    Therapist/Owner-Principal Consultant

     Anastasia Tomkin

    Common Justice

    Direct Service Coordinator

  • Fall/Winter 2020 Contributors

    Donita Volkwijn

    Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

    Manager, Knowledge Management

    Ameer Washington

    Boys & Girls Club

    Chief Executive Officer

    Conrhonda Baker

    The Bese Saka

    Philanthro-activist & Chief Copy Editor

    Altaf Rahamtulla

    Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

    Program Officer, Racial Justice

    David McGoy 

    Fundraising and Development Professional

    Khayriyyah MuhammadSmith

    Health at The ELMA Philanthropies

    Associate Program Officer

    Melissa Madzel

    Koya Leadership Partners

    Managing Director, Equity Initiatives

    Elandria Jackson Charles

    Blue Engine

    Vice President of Development and External Affairs

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