Values & Philosophy

Sarah Stickney Murphy, Principal

SMC’s Values

SMC agrees to adhere to the following values which have been adapted from the values of CCF in Seattle, WA:

The majority of nonprofits serve minority communities that are not reflected in institutional leadership. In an effort to increase access to funding for organizations that prioritize the voices of people of color, especially women, LGTBQIA+ folks, and people with disabilities, SMC offers our services on a sliding scale for organizations with budgets under $1M that are BIPOC and LGTBQIA+ led.

At SMC we believe in challenging the ways things have been done. We speak and act boldly, even if it causes discomfort and disagreement. We are not afraid to tackle difficult topics, including race, slavery, reparation, colonization, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy.

We believe our work can be done most effectively when we build community: We make time to get to know one another: we care about and support one another inside and outside of this work; we welcome children and other family members when we can; we are thoughtful and inclusive of one another’s cultural traditions, including making sure gatherings do not conflict with important cultural holidays; we strive to ensure our meetings, events, and communications are accessible to people with disabilities; we will be thoughtful about gender identities and respect people’s pronouns; we are present with one another in meetings and gatherings, such as avoiding checking phones when possible; and we find joy and humor while doing this work, but not at the expense of other people.

We strive to do the right thing consistently, including: following through, not participating in exploitative fundraising practices and instead focusing on empowerment; and we are thoughtful of our potential conflicts of interest and will put the well-being of the client and the community above our personal interests.

We follow The 10 Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising…

At Stickney Murphy Consulting, LLC (SMC) we follow The 10 Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising as set forth by CCF in Seattle, WA. I invite you to visit CCF’s website and learn more about Community Centric Fundraising and how they are transforming fundraising and philanthropy, so that they are co-grounded in racial and economic justice.

Community-Centric Fundraising is a movement to evolve how fundraising is done in the nonprofit sector. Its goal is to support fundraisers and other nonprofit professionals to re-examine every fundraising philosophy and practice they have been taught, engage in vigorous ongoing conversations, and explore doing fundraising in ways that reduce harm and further social justice.

The 10 Principals

Fundraising must be grounded in race, equity, and social justice.

Individual organizational missions are not as important as the collective community.

Nonprofits are generous with and mutually supportive of one another.

All who engage in strengthening the community are equally valued, whether volunteer, staff, donor, or board member.

Time is valued equally as money.

We treat donors as partners, and this means that we are transparent, assume the best intentions, and occasionally have difficult conversations.

We foster a sense of belonging, not othering.

We promote the understanding that everyone (donors, staff, funders, board members, volunteers) personally benefits from engaging in the work of social justice – it’s not just charity and compassion.

We see the work of social justice as holistic and transformative, not transactional.

We recognize that healing and liberation requires a commitment to economic justice.

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