The CCF Rewind

Welcome to the latest CCF Rewind, where we share some recent must-reads from our CCF Content Hub! Here’s what to check out this week!

READ: “My love of Ori’ dance, as seen through a community-centric lens” 
By Isabella Lock, freelance journalist and student at University of Manchester studying Spanish and Japanese

Isabella is a 19-year-old college student who reached out to CCF with a desire to give more exposure to Ori’ dance, a Tahitian traditional dance that does not get much mainstream recognition. In her essay, Isabella speaks not only on the importance of Ori’ to her cultural identity, but also the discomfort and the inequity she and other dancers feel when they are asked to perform at events for free. We are really grateful to have had the opportunity to publish the words of someone young and yet already so passionate and aware of community-centric fundraising principles. 

READ: “Why being gaslit by white people isn’t just emotionally violent, it’s racist
By Melia Smith, Phoenix-based development professional

Melia straight up tells us about how racial gaslighting is a tool that only serves to protect white people. She does so in a brave, honest, vulnerable, and transparent way. She constantly drops heart-throbbing and smile-inducing quotable quotes all over the place in her piece, as if they cost her nothing — but they are actually so immense. Just READ this essay, OKAY?

READ: “As a white woman, do I have a responsibility to disrupt philanthropy?” 
By Rebecca Paugh, nonprofit fundraiser

Becky is hilarious, so prepare to laugh as you also get reminded of how white and how female the nonprofit sector is and the complexity and nuance in always striving to be a good ally. Becky not only openly talks about all of the guilt associated with her privilege, she also talks about the humbling journey of unpacking what the guilt means, what it entails, and what it’s a reflection of. It’s a journey so many of us can relate to.

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