These are my grandparents, on their 70th wedding anniversary in 2015 ❤

Some context: This is a letter I drafted to family members on my father’s side. Last year, I received an inheritance from this side of my family, after both my grandparents passed away.

The largest share of their estate was given out immediately, but a small part of the money…

The call to fund BBIPOC-led movements

I’m curious, how much of your giving goes to BBIPOC-led work?
(That’s organizations led by Black, brown, indigenous, people of color)

Overall in the U.S., less than 10% of philanthropic giving goes to organizations led by and for people of color.

My challenge to you:
>>Direct at least 50% of…

but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Black woman at a protest holding up a t-shirt sign that reads “Greed Kill$.” Photo from Flickr Creative Commons, Stephen Melkisethian

It truly is a terrible system. And I work in this dang industry. I help people make their philanthropic plans, deciding where and how much to give. And still, the whole structure of philanthropy sucks.

We are working within a broken system of enormous inequality. Most often, philanthropy is a…

Cautionary warning: Stories of police brutality and murder.

Written for white folks who may see themselves in me, and the blatant white privilege I’ve benefitted from. I did not include reference links because I don’t want to spread images and videos of violence against BBIPOC. …

Sharing my love for social justice foundations

I’m often asked: What is the best organization to give to? And I can’t answer that question for you. Until you know what your guiding values are, and what your goals are, and where you are focusing, it’s impossible to say.


If you’re wondering where to start giving, start…

The need to move money NOW

How Organizations are faring

It’s no surprise that organizations are struggling to make budget with cancelled events, scarce government and foundation funding, and the inability to meet with donors face to face.

On top of that, an increased need for social services, technical needs of transitioning their workforce to work-from-home (does everyone have a…

This is a question I keep getting asked right now.

I’m 100% confident Jeff Goldblum was talking about the coronavirus in The Fly 🤣

Folks are getting inundated with asks from folks for funding basic needs for individuals, covering bills and food for families who have lost jobs. I am…

You should be moving more money right now.

Will the top 10% please stand up? and move some freakin money

Stimulus checks started going out to folks last week. You might not be getting one if your total household income exceeded $99,000 ($198,000 for couples).

If you got a check while still getting paid, or made too much money to be eligible…

A few years back, I hit a wall at my job. I was miserable, in pain, and was unable to hit my benchmarks for the basics of my job. I was also experiencing the physical manifestation of burnout. …

My letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Cover story: Why Fundraisers are Fed Up

To the editor:

As someone who spent a decade as a fundraiser and left due to burn out, I deeply resonated with this special report, Why Fundraisers are Fed Up. …

Sarah DeLuca

Money and philanthropy coach. Organizer. Rabble rouser. Learn more here:

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