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Mar 21, 2019 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

CFAR's Mistakes Regarding Brent

This document is a follow-up to the public statements we made in September and November. Last September there were multiple public allegations that Brent caused grave harm to members of our community. We consider these allegations credible: we believe that Brent routinely manipulated those around him, and that he physically, sexually, and emotionally abused at least two of his partners. Until these abuse allegations were made public, most of our...

Jan 22, 2019 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

CFAR Newsletter (January 2019)

Happy New Year! With 2019 under way, we’d like to share some updates from the past few months and plans for the coming year. Updates Harm in the Community Last year, allegations of serious harm were brought against an alumnus and community member. Since then, CFAR has been focused on understanding what happened, what mistakes we made in this case, and how we can reduce the risks of a range...

Aug 10, 2018 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

CFAR Newsletter (August 2018)

Hello, everyone! With the summer coming to an end here in Berkeley, we’d like to share some of what CFAR has been up to and where we’re headed. Updates Permanent venue After a few months of intense renovating, designing, and decorating led by Adam Scholl, Luke Raskopf and Adom Hartell, CFAR’s permanent venue in Bodega Bay is up and running! A big thank you goes to the alumni and volunteers...

May 11, 2018 - Timothy Telleen-Lawton

CFAR Newsletter (May 2018)

Hello, everyone! With spring already starting to look like summer here in Berkeley, we’d like to share some of the exciting things going on at CFAR. Updates Leadership change In case you missed our last big update, we have a new Executive Director! Timothy Telleen-Lawton started full-time with us in January, bringing his “unusual mix of process obsession and open-hearted exploration,” as former ED Pete Michaud put it. We’re excited...

Feb 27, 2018 - Pete Michaud

Fundraising & Leadership Updates

I have a bunch of good news to share from CFAR today. Fundraising & Venue I’ll start by reporting that we recently completed the most successful fundraiser in our history. First, we raised $768,000 from individual donors, which is an amazing outpouring of support that I think is justified by our case for this year. In addition, the Open Philanthropy Project renewed our institutional grant for this year and next....

Dec 23, 2017 - Pete Michaud

Fourth Quarter CFAR Newsletter

(Cross posted from our alumni mailing list) Hey everyone! As 2017 comes to a close, I wanted to share some news about what we’ve done over the last quarter, and about what we plan to do next. Note: our fundraiser is currently live! You can find our 2017 retrospective here, and read more about our plans for 2018 here. What We Did Mainline Workshops - We ran three of our...


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