In the nonprofit sector power and money are two big taboos. I love the way in this video Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg talks about how we need to ‘stop making power a dirty word’ and stop behaving as if money didn’t matter (‘that’s really dishonest!’ she says).
The ‘race to the bottom’ is a well known phenomenon among white middle class NGOs staff, as if being the scruffiest and most disenfranchised made one more noble.
There’s one thing worse than bragging about one’s privileges, it is denying them. Denying your power or wealth, does not support any cause. In fact, as Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg concludes, bringing such a miserable attitude often means that the people you aim to help, ‘would rather you were not in their lives.’