The CCF Rewind

This week in the CCF Hub, we have two essays that touch on the waning interest in antiracism work from white folx in power in our sector. 

It’s a reality of the landscape right now, nearly a year after the murder of George Floyd. Vocal self-proclaimed allies from last summer are now more quiet. More and more space is being given to racist rhetoric barely disguised as think-pieces.

While this is disappointing, it’s not exactly surprising. After all, we have always known that the liberation of people of color in this will not be something easily cosigned by white folx in power. 

And we should not allow ourselves to be disheartened. Now is the time for us to look to one another — to connect with and build community with other folx like us, who are committed to this work for the long haul. If there’s something that’s been very heartening from the last year, it is all of the relationships that have sprung from the discussions we’ve been having about community-centric fundraising. It is the very real changes —  from the interpersonal, organization, and societal — that we have pushed forward because we have found one another. 

So let’s keep this going! As Nicole Salmon, one of the editors of Collecting Courage, articulates in her essay: “Silence in the face of injustice has never been okay and now is not the time to continue looking away. The winds of change will not subside. There is a wrong and a right side of history and now is the time to decide if silence is the option that will land you on the right side of history.” 

Okay, that was an unexpectedly long intro to two really excellent essays we’d love for you to read.


Silence is complicity: What is unsaid speaks volumes
By Nicole Salmon

Collecting Courage was released last winter and is a beautiful and raw collection of writings from 15 Black contributors. The writers honestly share their experiences about what it feels like to be a Black fundraiser working within our Western philanthropic system, with such openness and vulnerability. It is a groundbreaking book for our sector.

And yet so many prominent sector leaders have not even said a word about the book — the very same people who have publicly and repeatedly pronounced their commitment to antiracism work. We think it can be as simple as hypocrisy. People are hypocritical.

But in her essay, Nicole takes such care to tease out, think, and process the number of reasons why this must be. Her writing is nuanced, thoughtful, and beautiful. Check it out, please. 


Three times trying a community-centric approach paid off
By Chris Talbot-Heindl

Many of our critics and skeptics and haters like to harp on the fact that community-centric fundraising has no proven track record and donor-centric fundraising has a very long track record ERGO CCF sucks and doesn’t work and donor-centric fundraising is the best and we should keep doing it forever and ever and ever. It’s real airtight logic from empathetic people.

Chris has done us a real solid and has added to our growing body of CCF success stories with this really awesome essay, which details three examples of when CCF not only worked, it kicked ass! We hope you read this, take inspiration from this, try more bold CCF-y stuff in your work (and then come back and tell us about it like Chris did so we can share it out with more folx!)  


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