CCF Rewind: In a time when publications are struggling, one grew by going community-centric …

Wow, we can’t believe it’s already July. (Summer, please slow down!) We hope that you are finding time to get some rest and relaxation during these slower work months.

This week, Nicole Hall details out an amazing account of how Autostraddle, a community and digital publication by and for queer women, made it through a pandemic during a time when so many online publications have shut down. The way they did it kinda went against a lot of “conventional” wisdom. Like, they opened their financial books and really were super transparent with their donors and in their communication throughout all of their fundraisers — and we’re not used to such transparency, so it’s so cool to read about how successful it was when they did this.


CCF Rewind: Take your Pride month and shove it (noping Rainbow Capitalism) + when journalism standards are more harmful than helpful

We’re writing to you from the thick of a delirious heatwave in Seattle, so we’re gonna be efficient about this before we fully melt into a sweat puddle. This week, we have two essays that made us rethink almost everything we thought we knew about journalism standards and also all of the things we assumed about Pride month. Thank you so much to Elisa and Carlos for the education.


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.


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.


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.


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.