Catapult Institute Workshop: A Bold New Vision

September 25, 2020

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


Catapult Institute Workshop - A Bold New Vision: Unlocking the Full Potential of the Nonprofit Sector

In these turbulent times, nonprofits continue to play a critical role protecting and strengthening our communities. But like air, our sector is often invisible and underappreciated. Our community needs us to own our power, unlock our full potential, and forge a bolder path into the future. This includes re-examining many philosophies and practices that we believe are unchangeable:

  • The way we do fundraising, capacity building, and evaluation
  • The relationships between funders and nonprofits
  • Our ingrained sense of scarcity and martyrdom (the Hunger Games)

As the challenges facing our communities become more entrenched, we can no longer afford to doubt ourselves or do the same things we’ve always done. In this session we will discuss and examine:

  • New ways of thinking about the value and practices of our nonprofits
  • How to unlock the full potential of our nonprofits and those who work within them
  • New ways of thinking about the nonprofit/funder partnership
  • How to collaborate to build a bolder vision for our sector and our society.

Who is the workshop for?

  • Executive Directors/CEOs
  • Board Leadership
  • Development Staff
  • Program Staff

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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By registering for this event, you are giving the Grunin Foundation permission to use photos and video on our website and social media. You will also be added to the Grunin Foundation mailing list.

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


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