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Julie Christman Featured in Fundraising Panel Discussion


On October 6, CFFRV President & CEO Julie Christman took part in a panel discussion hosted by Forefront, entitled “Creating a Culture of Fundraising in Your Organization”. This is the latest in CFFRV’s collaboration with Forefront, which aims to build a thriving social impact sector through valuable resources for grantmakers and nonprofits, including workshops and webinars.

Christman was joined by Darrious Hilmon, Executive Director of the Chicago State Foundation, and moderator Yusef Garcia, Vice President of Development & Communications at Forefront. The discussion centered around equipping staff and Board to promote a fundraising-centered culture.

“Every conversation we have with a current or potential donor is an opportunity to serve and share what we have to offer,” Christman said.

Making philanthropy accessible to all was another focus.  All three organizations emphasized the importance of including racially and economically diverse voices and perspectives when seeking to create change in their communities. Garcia pointed out that doing this authentically requires trust, accountability, and intention.

The panel also made it clear that leading the charge requires mentors who challenge, sponsor, listen, and support.

“For me, I am standing on the broad shoulders of many. If it wasn’t for the elders, mentors, leaders who stuck with me, my trajectory would be very different,” Garcia said.


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