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The Uplifting Impact Podcast is a platform that fosters dynamic conversations around the intersection of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Leadership. Directing our conversations are Uplifting Impact’s Chief Change Agent, Deanna Singh, and Chief Information Agent, Justin Ponder. Both are renowned thought leaders, teachers and consultants within the DEI space and are known for the ability to teach difficult lessons in gentle ways that inspire change and innovation within organizations.

Our mission is to provide actionable insights and wisdom from various leaders, executives, consultants as well as entrepreneurs. We’ve had industry leaders from companies such as Hewlett Packard (HP), Ford, Kohl’s and more come on board to share their expertise within the DEI space.

If we inspire one listener and leave them with ideas of how they can improve their DEI leadership and life skills, we consider that the ultimate accomplishment.


Closing the gap: Access, inclusion, and opportunities for minorities

Posted by Deanna Singh | May 27, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Daniel Shaffer is a freelance nonprofit consultant and grant writer, focusing on women and minority owned businesses. After graduating with a degree in international relations, he joined a program working in predominantly Black and underserved communities within Pittsburgh, and shortly after found himself wanting to leverage his privilege to help open doors for members within his network that may not have had the same access otherwise.  

In our conversation, we talk about the landscape of nonprofit funding, some of his tips for clients looking for funding, and how Covid has impacted access and processes for funding. To connect with Daniel, find him on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-e-f-shaffer 

Topics In This Episode 

  • Working within a personal network for professional connections 
  • The catch-22 of funding and running programs as a nonprofit  
  • Challenges of getting funded as a woman and/or a person of color 
  • Navigating the unwritten rules for getting funded 
  • Shifts in funding as a response to covid 
  • Measuring the commitment of funders to stay dedicated to positive change  


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-e-f-shaffer 


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Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deanna helps her clients create more equitable and inclusive work environments and engage more authentically within their internal and external communities. A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities through her work. Her podcast, Uplifting Impact with a focus on looking at the intersection of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, focuses on solutions and is directed at people who want to break the status quo. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.

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