About NDOC

What is the NDOC?

#NDOC is a full-day of digital conversation focused on the issue of sexual harassment of fundraisers in the charitable and nonprofit sector.

What is the goal?

The goal of #NDOC is to raise awareness about the issue of sexual harassment of fundraisers, to provide resources, and advocate for safer workplaces in the charitable and nonprofit sector.


On January 2, 2019, Liz LeClair published an op-ed with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on her experience with sexual harassment as a fundraiser. In her op-ed was a call to action – no donation was worth compromising employee safety, and it was time for those who experienced harassment to feel safe in the workplace.

But what was next?

After reading the article Wanda Deschamps reached out to Liz and over months of dialogue they co-founded the inaugural National Day of Conversation on November 26, 2019. In the first year NDOC reached thousands of people, was profiled in several industry publications, and raised significant awareness of the issue.


The second annual National Day of Conversation (NDOC) is scheduled for Thursday November 26, 2020. The day will take an intersectional lens, with sessions focused on creating safe workspaces, preventing sexual harassment, and how to support employees who report.

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?

The conversation will be hosted online and hosted by the team at Fundraising Everywhere, featuring a variety of presentations and panels by subject matter experts. Our call-to-action and key messages will also be available through on social media, including our Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook handles.  Be sure to like/share our content!


Please note that content will be saved online for you to use and share long after November 26. 


Trigger Warning: there may be personal accounts of sexual harassment or assault during the sessions that may trigger viewers/participants. We will link to free resources available to support anyone who may be affected.


The day will include:

  • Panels, presentations, and interviews hosted on the Fundraising Everywhere platform

  • A live chat function for participants

  • A downloadable toolkit for individuals and organizations

  • Social media assets for the day of conversation

  • A delegate bag with additional content and resources


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