Hi Team! Madison from the Development Department here. The Development and Communications team made the commitment to follow the principles of the Community Centric Fundraising Movement last fall, so we wanted to give everyone an update and explain a little more about what this means:
What is Community Centric Fundraising?
Community Centric Fundraising (CCF) “is a movement to evolve how fundraising is done in the nonprofit sector”. While the movement was born out of many years of collective work, the group officially held its first gathering in Seattle in 2018 and expanded sector-wide in 2019.
Guided by 10 ever-evolving principles, CCF is meant to “transform fundraising and philanthropy, so that they are co-grounded in racial and economic justice”. Some principles include focusing on collective communities versus individual missions, valuing time equal to money, and committing to treating donors as partners by having difficult conversations when necessary.
Following the CCF movement is definitely a big shift for our nearly 30-year organization, especially in our donor relations. As we make the commitment to our Organizational Transformation, changes must take place to ensure we move away from being a donor-centric organization and instead actively work to understand capitalism’s detrimental effects on those we serve and the harm perpetrated by our sector and philanthropy (principle 10).
How is US Implementing This?
This work is currently in progress to align with the CCF movement:
Where We Can Improve
Learning about this needs to be part of our work, and some actionable changes include:
Resources to Learn More!
If you ever want to talk about Community Centric Fundraising or changes in the nonprofit sector, feel free to send me an email! As most of the staff knows by now, I am more than happy to talk about all of this and share any and all resources.