Conference 2021: Presentations

Fundraising in the Context of Diversity

Beverly Taketa Sakauye – Neki Catron
National Civil Rights Museum

This session will be presented by Beverly Taketa Sakauye, the Chief Development Officer for the National Civil Rights Museum, and Neki Catron, former Senior Development Officer for Individual Philanthropy for the National Civil Rights Museum. Noted as one of the nation’s premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally. Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change.

Beverly Sakauye has been Chief Development Officer at the National Civil Rights Museum since July 2009. A member of the senior management team, she is responsible for overall resource development strategies, which include annual operating revenue, capital and endowment campaigns, planned giving, volunteers and stewardship. She was responsible for the Museum’s Comprehensive Campaign raising $27.5M for the major renovation and established its first-ever endowment fund, made possible by a successful challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Her 30 plus year career has been dedicated to nonprofits concentrating on development and management in Chicago IL, New Orleans LA and Memphis, TN. She has led development efforts at diverse organizations incuding Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Easter Seals of DuPage County, New Orleans Ballet Association, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She also served as an adjunct instructor on Development Strategies for the Arts Administration graduate program at the University of New Orleans, and recently wrote a chapter in Rowman & Littlefield’s Guide for Sustainable Revenue for Museums.

She holds a B.A. from Roosevelt University, Chicago IL in Sociology, is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and has chaired and served on national and state grant review panels.