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About NDOC

What is the NDOC?

On November 30, 2022, we will host a digital day focused on the issue of sexual harassment of fundraisers.  While this day is a resource for fundraising staff, the research and resources are applicable to all non-profit team members.  The day is pay-what-you-can and free to those who need it. 

What is the goal?

The goal of the day is to continue to educate and inform the fundraising sector about the issue of sexual harassment and provide resources and tools to empower individuals.


On January 2, 2019, Liz LeClair published an op-ed with the Canadian Broadcasting Company on her experience being sexually harassed by a high-net worth donor.  In her op-ed was a call to action – it was time for the sector to remember that no donation was worth an employee’s personal safety. 

Liz LeClair and Wanda Deschamps teamed up in 2018 to co-founded the inaugural NDOC on November 26, 2019.  The first year reached thousands of people, was profiled in several industry publications, and raised significant awareness on this issue.   The second year, our friends at Fundraising Everywhere, Agents of Good, and The Good Partnership came together to support the second NDOC.  

Due to COVID-19, NDOC was put on pause, but we are thrilled to be back on November 30, 2022 to continue educating the sector and providing key resources to participants.  This year’s event will feature experts on the subject and raise funds for the Can’t Buy My Silence campaign.  To learn more about Can’t Buy My Silence please visit their website at

Why is this Day Important?

Everyone has a right to feel safe at work.


Yet fundraisers are in a uniquely vulnerable position when meeting with powerful donors, board members, and other influential members of the community - often alone.


A 2018 Harris Poll survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) found that:

  • 25% of female fundraisers, and 7% of men, have experienced sexual harassment in their work. 

  • 48 % of respondents had either personally experienced, witnessed, and/or heard second-hand about incidents of sexual harassment.

  • In 65% of the cases reported in the survey, the perpetrator of the harassment was a donor

  • In nearly all cases (96%), the perpetrator was a male.

  • 13% of those who reported feel that their organization places a greater value on the loyalty of donors than the safety of its staff.


The impacts of sexual harassment are far-reaching. The trauma on the fundraiser and the organization are significant.  Individuals experience impacts to their physical and mental health and lose trust in their organizations ability to protect them.  In many cases, reporting can result in a complainant leaving their organization.

How can I participate in NDOC 2020?

This year’s event is hosted by the team at Fundraising Everywhere.  Thanks to Nikki and Simon’s generosity the platform is open to anyone and is pay-what-you-can.  

If you want to participate, please register for the day at <INSERT LINK> and share with your networks.

Please note that NDOC will take an intersectional lens when looking at the research and data, however, finding individuals willing to speak on the subject is difficult.  We recognize the panel is predominantly cis-gendered white women – this is a symptom of the issue at hand, not a lack of interest in speakers of different lived experiences. 

The day will include:

An interview with Dr. Ann Olivarius – international feminist lawyer and human rights advocate. 

An interview and conversation with Can’t Buy My Silence co-founders, Dr. Julie Macfarlane and Zelda Perkins. 

Active by-stander training by Julie Lalonde of Yellow Manteau sponsored by Neon One

Interview with Dr.’s Erynn Beaton and Megan Lepere-Schloop from Ohio State University to discuss the recent AFP Global “Speak Truth to Power” project 

You can participate by buying a ticket for you or your team, sharing on social media, or sharing lessons learned with your organization.  

Please use the hashtag #NDOC2022 when sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn


Because one in four women in fundraising experience sexual harrassment. Join us in making change.

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