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EPIP seeks applicants for Executive Director position

On January 27, 2012, EPIP announced that founder Rusty Stahl will be stepping down after his ten-year tenure as EPIP’s Executive Director.

The 360 Group is has been engaged to search for a new Executive Director to fill the role. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) develops extraordinary new leaders to enhance organized philanthropy and its impact on communities.

EPIP was founded in 2001 by a small group of young foundation professionals and individual donors who sought to work and learn with peers in order to transform philanthropy and confront generational issues, using a social justice lens.

EPIP seeks an Executive Director to lead the fulfillment of EPIP’s vision and mission in a truly creative, dynamic, and forward-thinking fashion. The Executive Director is the leader of the organization both publicly and inside the organization, and, as such, is at once a highly visible advocate for emerging professionals within the social sector and an effective project manager who ensures that the work of EPIP is done efficiently and well.

EPIP has retained The 360 Group of San Francisco to assist with this search. Please visit http://www.the360group.us/EPIP_ED_PD.pdf to view the complete position description, including detailed application instructions. No calls, please. To be considered, The 360 Group must receive applications no later than 5:00pm Pacific time on Thursday, April 5th, 2012.

EPIP’s news release concerning Rusty’s departure and the search for the new Executive Director:



January 27, 2012 — Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) announces that Rusty Stahl, Founder and Executive Director, will complete a ten-year tenure marked by innovation and impact at the end of summer 2012. EPIP has engaged The 360 Group to manage a search for the next executive. To ensure that EPIP is sustainable and achieving its goals during and beyond this transition, we launched The EPIP Funding The Future Campaign, which has secured nearly half of a $1.6 million goal in commitments to provide three years (2012-2014) of baseline operating support.

We wish to acknowledge the leadership of the Campaign’s initial investors: The Kresge Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and Social Justice Fund Northwest.

EPIP engaged consultancy TransitionGuides to support planning for the executive transition, which Rusty and the EPIP Board of Advisors (“Board”) began planning during strategic planning in 2010. The Board established a Sustainability and Succession Planning Committee that was chaired by Board Vice Chair Trista Harris and composed of Chair James Weinberg, Common Good Careers; Development and Communications Chair Michael Shaw, Coalition for Lead Safe Homes; At-Large Board Member Christi Tran, Blue Shield Foundation of California; and Board Chair Emerita Melissa Johnson, NAACP.

EPIP has a strong staff team that includes Rebecca Schumer, who has served as Director of Membership and is being promoted to Deputy Director; Kate Seely, who has been a part-time consultant and will join the staff full-time in 2012 as Director of Field Operations; and Sheena Brown, Development and Communications Manager, who brings wide experience in fundraising and organizational development.

Sterling Speirn, President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a major supporter of EPIP, stated: “Under Rusty’s leadership, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy has provided tremendous benefit to the philanthropic community. Kellogg Foundation is committed to building the next-generation of talent that is being developed through EPIP, and we encourage other funders to join us in this effort.”

EPIP Board Chair James Weinberg states: “Rusty Stahl’s vision and social entrepreneurship created EPIP from scratch. His enduring leadership enabled it to grow from a start-up into a mature and valuable organization. I am incredibly proud of the progress Rusty has spearheaded. And I am thankful to my Board colleagues for designing a thoughtful transition plan that allows Rusty to make his next professional contribution while EPIP builds on his legacy and continues to innovate and grow into its second decade.” EPIP Board Chair-Elect Trista Harris said “On behalf of the Board of Advisors, we thank Rusty Stahl for a decade of service to the next-generation. I helped to initiate EPIP Minnesota Chapter, and I came up professionally through EPIP. Rusty was a mentor and great support in that process. We look forward to working with him and our next executive to ensure an effective transition and continue growing EPIP’s unique value proposition well into the new century.”

EPIP is a national membership association of young, new and junior foundation professionals and trustees, as well as graduate students studying the field. EPIP’s mission is to develop new leaders for foundations and the communities they impact. It offers unique peer-to-peer and multi-generational leadership development focused on foundation effectiveness and social impact. EPIP has chapters in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Michigan, San Diego, Philadelphia, Indiana, Boston, Minnesota, and Seattle. These chapters are run by nearly 100 local volunteer leaders. Major support for EPIP, which is a project of Tides Center, has come from the Ford Foundation and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in addition to other funders, members’ dues, and fees for service.

According to an EPIP-commissioned study by Putnam Community Investment Consulting, highlights of EPIP’s impact during the past decade include:

  • 95% of EPIP stakeholders say philanthropy has benefited from EPIP’s efforts to prepare the next generation, and that EPIP offers a unique venue to learn, practice, and advance leadership.
  • 92% of EPIP members say the network is different from other foundation associations. Participants value that EPIP is for and run by emerging leaders.
  • 89% of EPIP members say that social justice is important to their careers.

The EPIP Board and staff look forward to working with you to continue providing uniquely valuable programs and services to the field.

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