get involved

Download a copy of our Get Involved kit

This is a PDF that you can email and share with friends and colleagues to start familiarizing them with CCF’s work.

Today, you can further the CCF Movement by

  • Talking to donors about the 10 Principles
  • Talking to your development team about Community-Centric Fundraising
  • Examining at your organization’s values versus its fundraising values

You can also help grow this movement by:

Contributing to our hub

Is there something problematic and inequitable about the sector or in fundraising and philanthropy that you really want to speak out on or share a story about? We want to hear from you!

Please read through our ever-changing editorial guidelines and send us your pitch when you are ready to. We are keen on centering the voices of BIPOCs especially.

Topic ideas, guidelines, and tips

Articles should be related to fundraising, with an equity focus. Potential topics include:

  • Critiques, failures, and lessons learned from your organization or community
  • Cool things that are happening at your organization or in your community — let’s lift up bright spots in our sector!
  • Challenges you are facing that you don’t yet have an answer to, but you are currently exploring and learning
  • Your own personal story about your journey in understanding race and fundraising (Example: a story about your own relationship with money.)

Please note:

  • At least 75% of the blogs will be written by BIPOCs.
  • Please give credit where credit’s due.
  • We will review idea submissions at least once a week and get back to you as soon as we can.
  • If we like your idea submission and ask you to write a full blog post, there is still no guarantee that we will publish your post.
  • We recognize that content creators should be paid for their time and work. The current rate is $250 per piece.

Starting a group in your city

Community-Centric Fundraising is a movement that we hope will spread across the sector. As this is a new paradigm that, in many ways, challenges the ways we have been taught to do fundraising, all of us need to experiment, support one another, and have ongoing conversations about what we learn. To do that, we encourage the formation of local groups of Community-Centric Fundraising across the globe.

If you would like to form a group, here are some general guidelines/requests:

  • Join our Slack to find similarly interested folx and start up your own CCF groups. We are temporarily pausing new members to our Slack while we clean up and revamp the community.
  • Review the CCF values to ensure that you generally align with them. You don’t have to agree with everything, of course, since we are exploring and should have conversations, but overall you should generally agree with them.
  • Center and prioritize the voices and lived-experience of people of color and other people from marginalized communities.

If your community is mainly white, you can still form a group. Here is some advice:

  • This is a movement, so try to be flat and not hierarchical in your leadership structure.
  • Be thoughtful about colleagues who have disabilities, have neurodiversity, are caregivers, must use public transportations, and more. Have meetings in accessible spaces reachable by public transportation during times that may be outside of work hours.
  • Be OK with taking risks and making mistakes.
  • Have fun. This is a movement to transform fundraising to be more aligned with equity and social justice. That sounds serious, but fundraisers have always been amazing, creative, hilarious folks. Create a sense of fun and community when you can.

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