For the third consecutive year, members of the Black Canadian Fundraisers’ Collective, including MPNL graduate Muthoni Kariuki, will be leading this campaign in support of the MPNL Award for Black Emerging Fundraising Professionals. Established in 2020 through the generous support of the community and the Black Canadian Fundraisers’ Collective, this award helps amplify the voices of emerging Black professionals as they pursue a career in fundraising. Thanks to the support of our donors, a total of four awards have been provided to students in the 2022-2023 academic year. Through your generosity, we can continue to elevate the funding available to the Black student(s) in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program for years to come.

The Background

The Black Canadian Fundraisers’ Collective is a group of Black sisters and brothers dedicated to the advancement of Black emerging professionals. They inspire and elevate the fundraising sector as the leading advocate and thought collective for Black Canadian philanthropy. This award will continue to have a direct impact on supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in our community.

Carleton is home to Canada’s only Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Program (MPNL), which is an intensive professional undertaking for individuals wishing to work in civil society to make a positive difference. Our entire society–locally and globally–is made stronger, more creative, and resilient when education is accessible to all.

Canada’s more than 170,000 charities and nonprofits, as well as the donors and volunteers who support them, provide health care and housing, advocate for social change, enrich our lives through arts and sports and protect our environment, all while serving some of our most vulnerable populations. Diversity of lived experiences contributes to not only providing diverse perspectives within the nonprofit sector but also contributes to the common good of our society

The Rollout

Thanks to the continued generosity of the Black Canadian Fundraisers’ Collective, they have committed to supporting this initiative once again on Giving Tuesday. They encourage our community to join them in making graduate education possible for those who would otherwise not have the opportunity. By supporting this campaign, you are increasing the financial support available to students, while contributing to a more equitable, diverse and inclusive world.

Each year, this bursary helps ease the path for a Black student or students entering or continuing in the MPNL program who wish to pursue a career as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit sector.

The Impact

Student awards make education possible for those with limited financial means, by minimizing the barriers from accessing higher education. Your generosity is reflective of our collective commitment to providing equal access to education and educational opportunities.

Here is a glimpse of the 2022 recipients and the goals they will endeavour to pursue as change-makers with the support of this award:

“Growing up in a low-income community, I witnessed how imperative funding was to the betterment of my community. Since then, I have been on a mission to serve as a bridge that joins various communities to serve and assist one another. I believe this will allow communities to work harmoniously to address the socio-economic challenges we face in society. The MPNL program has equipped me with the tools to become a good leader and an effective leader of change. This award will help further my educational experience and guide me to continue to become an advocate for equity within the non-profit sector.”

– Leigh Ann Asare


When asked questions such as “How do we see ourselves as changemakers?” we think we must develop a grand idea that would have a massive impact, would spark a global movement, and we often think it has to be something great. The same thoughts ran through my mind when I got asked this question, and I thought about what big, creative action I could and should take to solve a social problem. It dawned on me that a changemaker doesn’t need to have a grand idea but just the courage to take action.

With that in mind, I see myself as a changemaker that first recognizes my place in the world—knowing that all change begins with the self, looking objectively at the good in me and sharing it with the world. Spending time knowing myself, who I am, and how I can best serve would help how I view the world.

– Marsha Clyne


The question I hope to explore more deeply in my work is “What will it take for philanthropic institutions to fund ethically and long term the work of grassroots movements whose mission is to eradicate racial injustice?” I would like to see a philanthropic sector that is resourcing racial justice movements in a way that is conducive to their success. In my experience, this means practicing trust-based philanthropy with grassroots movements and moving away from project-based funding to multi-year resourcing that keeps movements afloat.

– Muna Mohamed


Early on in my career, I recognized the power imbalance inherent in fundraising communications that can perpetuate racism, colonialism and inequalities. Today, I focus on ethical fundraising communications. My goal is to develop best practices in decolonial and anti-racist fundraising communications for the international cooperation sector, recognizing that very little guidance is available for organizations who want to improve in this area.

I joined the MPNL program in 2022 to further this goal and build on the work of other researchers in this field. I was inspired when I learned that the ground-breaking report “Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy” was produced by graduates of the MPNL program. I’m proud to be a recipient of the MPNL Award for Black Emerging Fundraising Professionals.

– Zahra Baptiste


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