Empowering Change: Community-Centric Fundraising in Action

Join us for an illuminating panel discussion on Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) and how the movement can bring your organization into a new era of fundraising. Our panelists from the CCF, San Diego Chapter, will delve into the core principles of CCF, sharing personal insights on its significance in their work, and how you can integrate its values into your approach with your stakeholders and philanthropic community. Discover the panelists’ journey of founding the San Diego Chapter and their future-focused fundraising tools with core initiatives on learning, community building, and action. Whether you’re a seasoned fundraiser or new to the concept, this webinar offers inspiration, education, and actionable steps toward Community-Centric Fundraising.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights into the importance of Community-Centric Fundraising and strategies to integrate its values into the mission and vision of your organization.
  • Learn how to practice CCF principles in your conversations, relationships, and everyday fundraising practices.
  • Discover how to get involved with CCF and engage your development team and donors about the Community-Centric Fundraising movement.


Shantel Suárez Ávila (she/her/hers)
Founder & Principal Strategist, Más Allá

Short Bio: Shantel Suárez Ávila is a dog mom, garden steward, nature adventurer, child to Mexican immigrants, learned all about organizing and power building growing up in Chicago, and is currently a resident of Escondido and Founder of Más Allá. Más Allá [mahs ah-yah], Spanish for “beyond,” is a community-centered, values-aligned, fundraising consulting firm focused on closing funding gaps by raising revenue for and with women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) people across the U.S. and practicing how to resource our communities through regenerative strategies. Más Allá provides its services nationwide and currently works with organizations in Illinois, Texas, and California. Let’s connect and talk about our dreams and adventures!

Claire Groebner (she/her/hers/ella)
Associate Director, Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center

Claire Groebner is the Associate Director at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, where she has been a part of the staff team for 9 years after starting as a volunteer. She oversees Olivewood’s community-centric resource generation activities, supports communications, strategic planning and partnerships, staff development, and program development; and engages in community advocacy and food systems work. Claire’s love for people, nature, and food inspired her to get involved in the food justice and farm-to-table movements, and eventually, with Olivewood Gardens. In her free time, you can find her hiking the trails of San Diego with her pup, dancing bachata and salsa, chopping it up in the kitchen, and connecting with friends and family over tasty food and drinks.

Jake Wild Crea (he/him)
Conflict Resolution Practitioner

Jake Wild Crea is an independent conflict resolution practitioner who helps improve how organizations do good in the world. He uses conflict management practices from the peacebuilding field to bring funder and nonprofit leaders together to build higher-trust partnerships and increase the impact of philanthropic giving. He is also on faculty at the University of San Diego. He loves biking, surfing, climbing, dancing, and anything else that involves movement, growth, and relationships.

Previously, he worked in nonprofit, funder, and intermediary roles as an Associate Director with Arabella Advisors. He also oversaw Loyola Marymount University’s Study Abroad program in Argentina, worked in youth programming in Chicago, and engaged in disability advocacy in Minnesota.


Hannah Berger, MPA, CFRE

Hannah brings 20 years of business management experience and fundraising success to her consulting and coaching practice. She is the Founder and President of The Philanthropy Coach – a boutique consulting Firm based in Los Angeles, CA that specializes in coaching nonprofit leaders through major moments of strategic growth. Working at the intersection of business and philanthropy, Hannah’s ambition is to use her communications and sales expertise to create empowered, generous community and greater social equity.

Hannah is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who enjoys facilitating “big Aha!” learning opportunities for fundraising professionals, nonprofit leaders, and Founders. Hannah is the current Co-President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles area chapter and a Trainer with Fundraising Academy at National University.