The CCF Rewind

This week, we have two really powerful essays to share with you — both have made us pause, to think and to dwell in some uncomfortable areas. We truly commend the guts and courage of both Melia and Carlos for continuing to speak their truths. We hope you take inspiration from them and toss them some words of encouragement today.

I wrote a CCF essay about racial gaslighting — and then white fragility blew up in my face!
By Melia Smith, Phoenix-based development professional

Back in September, when we published Melia’s badass essay on racial gaslighting, we didn’t anticipate that it would result in such negative consequences for her. Melia ended up in an unsafe situation with her neighbor, and Melia protected herself by moving out of her home and resettling somewhere new.

It is just beyond awful — especially when you think about how common these racist instances are.

Melia is safe right now, and she wrote about the experience in her latest essay. It is a beautiful work of art. Her constant and unrelenting courage and commitment to antiracism work is just beyond. Please read her essay, and please send her some words of encouragement and love and let her know that what she is doing matters.


The untold dress code in philanthropy: how and when we choose to police gender expression
By Carlos García León, Queer, non-binary, Mexican-Statesian, and fundraiser

Carlos works as a fundraiser in the arts. And one problematic sticking point for them in their career is that they feel a lot of pressure to conform to gender norms, to present as stereotypically male in a job and sector that is already overwhelmingly white.

In their essay, Carlos argues that dress codes not only police gender expression, they also suppress authentic expression from BIPOCs by continuing to center whiteness and uphold white standards of dress and behavior. For folx who opt not to buy into the gender binary, this inevitably and negatively affects how ‘employable’ these folx are.

Read Carlos’ piece on how we need to push for a culture shift — and we need to do it now.


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What: “COLLECTIVE” — a CCF BIPOC Town Hall Series 
When: Feb. 11, 2021, 2 p.m. PT, 4 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. ET

Join us on Thursday, February 11, 2021 for CCF’s ongoing BIPOC Town Hall series. Our theme will be Collective and we will share ideas and explore how to center community and racial equity into our fundraising practices. Spoiler alert: It’s not easy and there are no quick answers. That’s why we’re focused on building collective movement toward this vision.

This event series is EXCLUSIVELY for Black, Indigenous, and persons of color, and is second of a three-part monthly series.

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CCF BIPOC Town Hall: “Movement”

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