The CCF Rewind

Welcome to another edition of the CCF Rewind. This week, we have essays that are two different flavors of mad inspiring. One is about how a bunch of these ideas we’ve been sold about ‘professionalism’ have all been a lie (a lie!). The other is about how we as fundraisers are powerful beings and the work we do outside of our day jobs can make a huge difference in building a more just world.

Plus, scroll down to the bottom to sign up for our next BIPOC Town Hall. We don’t record these because they are special events like shooting stars. (And because there are a lot of breakout group activities. The recording would be weird to watch.)


Why throwing professionalism out the window was my best career move
By Kelly Jeanine, digital fundraising and philanthropy communications

Who among us hasn’t had to morph and contort ourselves into the bland and inoffensive robot version of ourselves in the name of ‘professionalism’? It’s very likely that each one of us have had to change how we present in order to fit into a mold, in order to appear as productive as possible, in order to maintain the workplace culture status quo.

Kelly’s essay examines professional standards, what they look like, and why they exist. (Spoiler: To uphold white supremacy culture.) With a self-described type A personality, Kelly also shares with us her personal journey in disentangling herself from toxic professionalism in order to get closer to total authenticity. Read this!


Fundraisers, your community needs your talents beyond your 9-to-5 office job
By Taylor Gibson, Portland fundraiser

When Taylor told us she wanted to write an essay about how fundraisers should consider extra work outside of their jobs, we were like, “Oh dang, for real?”

But then when we read Taylor’s essay, we were going, “OMG yes!”

Taylor’s essay is a case study that is really inspiring. She details the work she and other volunteers put into the Universal Preschool NOW! campaign, which pushed for measure 26-214 in Oregon. All of the work resulted in the measure being approved by voters, with 64% of the vote, meaning that tuition-free preschool is going to be funded!

Read Taylor’s essay, okay?


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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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