Vu Le

Former Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps; Writer

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change.


Voices from the Field

Are you or your org guilty of Trickle-Down Community Engagement?

Posted on October 4, 2019 by Vu Le

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Vu Le’s Nonprofit AF website and appears as per their crossposting guidelines here. In Seattle, if you’re a person of color and you walk down a dark alley late at night and you feel like you’re being followed, it’s probably someone trying to do some community engagement: “Psst…hey buddy—Go Hawks!—you want to attend… Read More
Voices from the Field

Can We Agree on This Simple Definition of Equity?

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Vu Le

Equity has been like coconut water. It’s all over the place. It’s flavored with pineapple, sometimes with chocolate. Everyone is drinking Equity; it’s on websites, in conference themes, and in those “word-cloud” thingies. Given how pervasive it is, it’s weird that we don’t seem to have a common, universally-accepted definition for it… Read More
Voices from the Field

How Aggravating is Your Grantmaking Process? Use This Checklist to Find Out!

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Vu Le

As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt. Let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat themselves unconscious. Funders: Please go through this list one item at a time. Then have a conversation with your team about what things you can do to improve your score… Read More