The CCF Rewind

Hope you are well and taking care. We know so many of us are experiencing a lot of anxiety and a lot of dread due to tomorrow’s U.S. elections, and we feel you on that very much. Now is the time to be kind to ourselves as we continually remind ourselves that creating a world in which nonprofits are no longer needed is a tough, yet meaningful journey.

Regardless of outcomes, the work we all do is so important — we have to know that we touch lives all the time — and we must remind ourselves that the fight for equity, social justice, and economic justice is necessary and going to be well worth the effort.

Here’s some new material for you to read from the CCF Content Hub. Please feel free to drop our content creators some notes in the comments section or on their social media (links in their bio, in the essays). Your encouragement of them is always appreciated!


READ: “Nonprofits can’t engage in political advocacy at all, you say? Wrong. We can and we must.
By Cami Aurioles, community-centric fundraising consultant

Okay, it’s super easy to feel like we are looking down the tunnel toward apocalyptic doom right now and feel despondent over it. For nonprofits, it can be especially hard because in the U.S., 501(c)(3) status really limits organizations’ ability to participate in politics.

Cami is here to tell us that even with the BS limits, there’s still so much we can do in the political arena, especially in advocacy work. Cami is here to remind us that small victories happen every day — and when we pile all of the small wins together, the effect is world-changing.

Read this essay. It is real and honest — and it is also inspiring and galvanizing.


READ: “We’re breaking up: And it’s not me, Philanthropy — it’s you
By Kim Tso, grant writer

Kim may not be the only person to have looked at philanthropy and see it as a toxic ex, but she might be the first to have written philanthropy a “Dear John” letter.

Kim is a long-time grant writer, a real pro at telling the beautiful stories of the good work countless organizations are doing. After 20 years of this work, she is frankly sick and tired of the constraints, the limits, and the shifting rules that philanthropy puts on nonprofits.

Her powerful (and also funny!) essay is about the tough lessons she’s learned and the heartbreak she’s lived through — working within the inequitable philanthropic system we have. Read it.

FYI, we are always looking for new voices and new perspectives for our Content Hub! Check out our editorial guidelines if you’re interested in contributing!



What: 2020 Philanthropy Debrief AF
When: Next Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. PT

Description: CCF co-chair Vu Le and Crystal Hayling, Executive Director of the Libra Foundation will be chatting together and doing a retrospective of philanthropy — you know, the good, the bad, the ugly — and what we need to do moving forward for a brighter 2021.

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