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CCF Rewind: Let’s reclaim collaborative philanthropy + the racist roots of nonprofits and philanthropy (part two!)

Hope you’re having a good day and that you can see the sunshine from where you’re at. The weather has been a bit mercurial in Seattle, and today is a cloudy day (but the sun is supposed to come out later in the week!)

The theme of this week’s content in CCF is about the roots of philanthropy. Both pieces deal with the idea of “stolen” or co-opted history and take the position that we must understand the past in order to reclaim and reimagine a more equitable future in our sector.

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CCF Rewind: OMG worry about yourselves, people! + Teens put the “fun” back in fundraising (as they also advocate for themselves)

We’re really excited about this week’s CCF Hub pieces because they are both really fun (and educational) reads. We have two essays that broke format in new and creative ways. There’s a super honest and real series of “confessionals” from Black women nonprofit professionals, and we also have a multimedia post that is a collaboration with teens.

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CCF Rewind: “Surthriving” + We really need to be growing leadership from within instead of always looking outside for it!

So often in our work, we rely on tactics. We talk about the tools we need to do our jobs. We talk about the training we need to do more work. We talk about the gaps and the holes that we need to plug up (and put band-aids on).

However, we hope the pieces we’re sharing with you this week serve as a reminder to not just orient ourselves at subsiding and surviving — but demand that we are given the space and opportunities to thrive. The pieces this week push us to imagine how we might take all of the beautiful talents and gifts BIPOCs in this sector already have — and just create huge growth and impact and fulfillment just through healthier conditions.

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CCF Rewind: Reparations + clapping back re: white philanthropy

This week, the two pieces we’d like to share both touch on the very justifiable desire that people of color and people who have been historically and traditionally disenfranchised have — the desire to be heard and to be seen and to have our experiences and perspectives be valued and understood instead of denied and silenced.

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CCF Rewind: ED works for free for 10 years + what are billionaires even doing with their money?

Rather poignantly this week, we are presenting content from two ends of a spectrum. We have an essay from an awesome executive director who hasn’t been able to pay himself for the entire 10 years his nonprofit has been in existence — and we have a discussion about relative wealth and how billionaires are probably giving only a fraction of their unfathomable wealth away — but honestly, we don’t even know because the entire thing is designed to be so opaque.

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