Mallory Mitchell

"Advancing racial equity in fundraising and philanthropy"

More than a fundraiser, Mallory is an organizer, an advocate, an industry leader, and a visionary changemaker. Like many fundraisers, Mallory landed in the world of philanthropy by coincidence. Starting as a student caller at her alma mater, the University of Montevallo in Alabama, university leadership soon recognized Mallory’s natural gift for relationship-building, strategic thinking, and fundraising with integrity. Little did Mallory know when starting this part-time student job that it would become a full-time career and her work would leave a lasting legacy at each organization she touches.

With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing as well as a master’s in Public Policy with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management, Mallory is both an academic leader and a successful fundraising practitioner. She has been called upon to teach at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has created fundraising curriculum used by dozens of nonprofits across the state, and has coached more than 100 nonprofits and schools to help them build sustainable fundraising strategies. Many organizations have cited Mallory as a key reason for their fundraising success and confidence thanks to her thoughtfulness, encouragement, and expertise in equity-based fundraising.

Now, Mallory spends her time at Black Visions as their Resource Mobilization Director. Carrying a deep understanding of fundraising and relationship-building, as well as the lived experience of a Black female fundraising leader, she brings insight, depth, and creativity to Black Visions in a moment of incredible opportunity to advance abolitionist and anti-racism work.

But Mallory’s leadership and coaching doesn’t stop there--she is a consistent leader in the nonprofit sector and currently serves on the development committee at Urban League Twin Cities, is a key leader on AFP-MN’s IDEA committee, and is a co-leader of the Community-Centric Fundraising movement in Minnesota. Previously, she has sat on the Board of Directors at AFP-MN, YWCA Minneapolis, and the Greater Minnesota chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has also held roles at GiveMN, Metropolitan State University, the Minneapolis Urban League, and the Ann Bancroft Foundation.

Mallory is motivated by her vision of a nonprofit sector in which racial and pay equity are realized; a sector in which foundations return money and power generated on the backs of marginalized communities; a sector in which nonprofits and fundraisers operate in a mutually supportive environment founded on a mindset of abundance. She works to build a sector that will serve all of us.

The 2021 National Philanthropy Day Award is sure to be just one of many recognitions in Mallory’s career and her work will undoubtedly benefit fundraisers now and far into the future.

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