These guiding principles were collectively discerned by a group of members, advocates, staff and board members in the Spring of 2015. They are a statement of our values as an organization and serve as a compass to guide us in our work.
CEF’S Guiding Principles
We appreciate and value our differences and are committed to working through relationships built on mutual respect and trust. In doing so, we foster a non-judgmental, welcoming and safe environment focused on relationships that empower individuals.
Active Reflection and Co-Learning
We cultivate an environment where advocates, members, and staff learn from each other. We create organizational space to critically reflect on our work.
We — members, advocates, staff, and board — share ownership of CEF and achieve our organization’s goals through collaborative decision-making.
We work together towards sustainable financial security for our community.
Community in Power
We contextualize our efforts within systems of power and through member and advocate experiences. We are committed to social justice and pursue local community-level change.
We are committed to cultivating an open network of people and organizations to holistically serve members’ goals.
Quality and Accountability
CEF strives to be an interconnected and transparent organization that gives and receives feedback for mutual accountability, to ensure quality in all that it does.