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Article Published: 18 Oct 2021

Community First

“We don’t talk enough about social justice in fundraising,” says Erika Chen, a consultant specializing in racial equity in nonprofit organizations. Chen is a founding leader of Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF), an emerging movement, founded by fundraisers of color, that seeks to realign fundraising philosophy, shifting it away from the longstanding “donor-centric” paradigm. The founders have established a website that includes 10 core principles, defining CCF’s commitment to equity and social justice, and placing the community at large, rather than an organization’s individual mission, at the center of fundraising goals.

This article was published in the Fall 2021 issue of Opera America Magazine.

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