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Spotlight on Community-Centric Fundraising

Tuesday, March 21, 10:00 AM - Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 04:00 PM
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fee: $129 for MCN members / $169 for nonmembers

Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) is a grassroots movement that seeks to move philanthropy and fundraising forward in a way that centers racial and economic justice. CCF, and its 10 Principles, were introduced to the nonprofit world by a collective of nonprofit fundraisers of color in 2018. You’ve probably heard of the concept, but as a young(ish) movement, many in the nonprofit sector are still unsure how to implement CCF in their own practice. 

This one-day training of four sessions is designed to support nonprofit fundraisers in better understanding the Community-Centric Fundraising movement, its Principles, and how to both incorporate CCF into their work and help advance the effort to further fundraising practices that are grounded in race, equity, and social justice.

Participants of this Spotlight will:

  • Learn about the philosophy and principles of CCF

  • Examine the inequitable history of philanthropy, and possibilities for the future

  • Explore how to move fundraising practices forward to focus on social justice

  • Hear from practitioners who have applied CCF at their organization

  • Gain knowledge and strategies they will be able to implement in their own work

Spotlights are day-long virtual trainings, offering four to five 60-minute sessions, each exploring a different aspect of a specific topic. Each session will be led by experienced nonprofit leaders and subject-matter experts. Spotlights are designed to offer practical information that can be applied immediately along with larger-picture questions and possibilities to consider for the long-term.

The Spotlight will be hosted by Mallory Mitchell of CCF MN.


All times listed in Central Time

10 – 11 a.m. // Introduction to CCF
The history of philanthropy is rooted in inequity. Some of these same narratives and systems remain embedded in the sector today. In order to move the work of nonprofits forward, and to best serve our communities, a re-examination of the philosophies and practices of fundraising is needed. The Community-Centric Fundraising movement aims to center social justice and reduce harm in nonprofit work. This session will touch on the history and systemic problems with nonprofits and foundations, introduce the Principles and key concepts of the movement, and share the values and vision of CCF.
Andrea Hite, associate program director, Breakthrough Twin Cities

11:30 a.m. // 12:30 p.m. – Community Centrism: From Exploration to Action
We love our community and live to serve it. Yet our third sector practices often perpetuate some of the injustices we wish to end. What would be possible if our work centered the communities we serve? In this session we’ll dive into an interpersonal and interactive exploration of what the CCF principles can look like in practice, exploring the ways in which we can step into and attempt to shift the power dynamics in service to our communities. In this interactive session you’ll: reflect and connect with colleagues around how we are complicit in upholding problematic systems and explore next steps in moving towards equitable practices by taking one principle and moving it into action. Leave inspired and equipped to create next steps around your equity journey.
Michelle Shireen Muri, co-Founder, CCF, host, The Ethical Rainmaker podcast, and facilitator and coach, Freedom Conspiracy

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. // Getting Buy-in from your Organization
Are you interested in implementing CCF at your nonprofit? Great! Now what? Join this session to hear from a fundraising professional about her experience of making the case for CCF at her organization. She’ll share how she presented the opportunities to leadership, what has been implemented so far, and some potential strategies for how to get from maybe to yes in the future. Transformational change is a process; and can start with building support and strengthening your case to bring others along with you in the work.
Pie Paulson, grants specialist and Mala Thao, vice president of individual philanthropy, Greater Twin Cities United Way

3 – 4 p.m. // What it Means to be an Anti-Capitalist Fundraiser
CCF is deconstructing the way we have historically viewed fundraising. One thing that comes to focus from it all is that fundraising is hard work. Whether you’ve been doing it for years or just starting out, the physical and mental tolls can be overwhelming. As we seek to continue changing the way we think about fundraising for a more equitable world, we also need change the way we take care of ourselves and our relationships with power and wealth. This session touches on how community healing, re-examining our structures, and becoming an anti-capitalist fundraiser helped battle doubts, solidarity, and provided continuing hope for the future of the fundraising field.
Carlos García León, individual giving manager, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

This event is offered in partnership with CCF MN, a collective for Minnesota-based fundraisers who are committed to the CCF movement. This Spotlight will be hosted by Mallory Mitchell of CCF MN. For more information on the history of CCF, the vision of the collective, and resources for learning more, visit the national CCF website.


Event Details

This virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform. Your access link will be emailed to you the day before the event after 12 p.m.

This session will be recorded. The recording will be made available to registrants after the live event.

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State Association Partners

This event is presented in partnership with Iowa Nonprofit Alliance, Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Maine Association of Nonprofits, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, Common Good Vermont, and West Virginia Nonprofit Association.

Speaker Information

Carlos Garcia LeonCarlos García León (he/they) is a queer, nonbinary, Latine, Mexican-Statesian, and anti-capitalist fundraiser. They were born in Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico, but currently reside in the stolen land of the Peoria, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, and Kaskaskia tribes, also known as Chicago, Illinois and work as the individual giving manager of Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Their work, both in the arts and through writing, is driven by a fight for cultural equity, decolonizing the arts, and social justice.

Andrea Hite

Andrea Hite (she/her) is the donor engagement officer at Breakthrough Twin Cities. A Korean adoptee, Andrea grew up in the suburbs of St. Paul. She began her working career as a pediatric dental assistant, enjoying the opportunity to arm young people with the skills and techniques to have a long-lasting positive dental experience. Always interested in learning and growing, Andrea went back to complete her undergraduate degree in youth studies at the University of Minnesota and then moved to Chicago to pursue her master’s degree in child development at the Erikson Institute. After almost a decade of working on the programmatic side of multiple education-focused nonprofits, Andrea made the transition to fundraising and development and hasn’t looked back!

Mallory MitchellMallory Mitchell (she/her) is an independent fundraising coach and trainer specializing in individual giving and community-centric fundraising. Hailing from Alabama, Mallory has been a noteworthy leader in the fundraising space for over 12 years. She is an experienced fundraiser and takes great pride in using her natural gift for relationship-building, strategic thinking, and fundraising with integrity to provide the best fundraising education possible. She has created fundraising curricula used by dozens of nonprofits across Minnesota, and has coached more than 100 nonprofits and schools to help them build sustainable fundraising strategies. Mallory holds a bachelors in business administration degree from the University of Montevallo, and a masters of public policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Michelle Shireen MuriMichelle Shireen Muri is the host of The Ethical Rainmaker podcast, a co-founder of Community-Centric Fundraising, and founder of Freedom Conspiracy, a small consultancy bringing values-aligned practices to growth opportunities, with and for communities of color and the orgs that serve them. In collaboration with her clients, Michelle practices community-centric fundraising principles and helps clients align their practices with their values, multiplying their audiences and funding. With 19 years of fundraising experience, she’s most interested in how to help our sectors make change more quickly.

Pie PaulsonPie Paulson is grants specialist at Greater Twin Cities United Way. She has been in the role for almost three years. Pie has been working in the nonprofit fundraising field for the past decade, focusing specifically on grantwriting for the last five years.

Mala ThaoAs VP of individual philanthropy at Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW), Mala Thao helps donors become smarter philanthropists and strengthens Greater Twin Cities United Way’s mission. Mala started her career in philanthropy more than 20 years ago with Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and gained additional fundraising experience with American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and American Red Cross. Prior to joining GTCUW, Mala was a philanthropic advisor at Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. She has volunteered on boards and committees such as Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Facilitating Race & Equity Conference. Mala has been appointed by the Mayor of St. Paul to serve as commissioner of the Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity and appointed by the Metropolitan Council to serve on the Livable Communities Advisory committee.

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