POSTPONED: Catapult Institute Workshop: A Morning with Vu Le

November 4, 2021

08:30:00 AM - 01:30:00 PM


POSTPONED - Catapult Institute Workshop: Why Things Don't Change - An Honest Conversation About Nonprofit and Philanthropy with Vu Le


Despite the conversations we've been having over decades, our sector continues to face the same challenges with funding, tense relationships between nonprofits and funders, power dynamics, funding struggles, etc. Even in a pandemic we continue to face the same frustrations. Why is this? It's time to delve into some uncomfortable conversations, unsurface unconscious agendas, and be honest with ourselves. We need to acknowledge, for example, that our livelihoods depend on the existence of inequity. Many of us are unconsciously opposed to rocking the boat because we might fall into the water. What must we unlearn? What are we willing to give up? To deal with the pandemic, homelessness, food insecurity, education gaps, voter suppression, and multiple other injustices, our sector must break free of many philosophies and practices. To do that effectively, we need to acknowledge our own roles and complicity in perpetuating the very inequity we are fighting.

About Presenter

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

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, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

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 at, formerly

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This event is presented by the Grunin Foundation in partnership with Support Center and Center for Nonprofits.