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EPIP's 2014 Annual Report

A look back at our work in 2014.

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Webinar Recap: Visualizing Grantmaking Data: Designing Effective Graphs from Start to Finish

Visualizing data through charts, tables, and diagrams helps you deliver bite-sized pieces of information that viewers can understand at a glance and retain for the long run. During this 60-minute webinar, we reviewed the design process from start to finish to leave attendees with practical steps to implement in their own work.

 

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EPIP's Statement on the Charleston Shootings

Those of us at EPIP HQ are deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent shootings of nine Black people at a prayer meeting in a historic Charleston, SC church earlier this week. In what appears to be a hate crime, the shooter intentionally targeted these individuals because of their race. We cannot and will not tolerate such violence and hatred, and stand in solidarity with all those working towards justice.

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Leadership and Management Workshop - Additional Thoughts from our Panelist: Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Director, The Siragusa Foundation

In this second part of this interview, Sharmila talks about working in philanthropy, her career pathway, and overcoming career roadblocks.

What is something you wish you had known before taking the job?

How to say no without feeling badly!  And that there’s never enough time and resources to do everything we want to, so how do you maintain the day-to-day while creating space to move a bigger agenda forward.

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Leadership and Management Workshop - Final Thoughts from our Panelist: Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Director, The Siragusa Foundation

Part 1: On obtaining leadership skills as an emerging leader in philanthropy

What are some resources that address obtaining task-based, tangible skills and leadership skills?

Nowadays there are many formal educational programs and opportunities in addition to the informal colleague workshops and sessions that are also an incredible resource.  Certificate programs, graduate courses of study and one-off training programs provide education on the “hard skills” and soft skills that are called for in leading our nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. See this list for local and national leadership development and fellowship programs that build content learning and personal-professional skill development into the curriculum.

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Leadership and Management Workshop - Final Thoughts from our Panelist: Julie Walther Chief Programs Officer, Center on Halsted

Can foundations really push forward and solve problems? Can’t we have more impact as non-profit program professionals? 

It is my belief the change begins at the fringes.  Smaller and/or family foundations are more able to try new things.  The bigger foundations are really stuck in deep entrenched processes where test pilots are not as easy.  Those people working in the smaller organizations could spend some significant time comparing notes and seeing how to streamline the field.

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Emerging Leader Series: Hannah Clark

EPIP Chicago is excited to introduce this new interview series featuring emerging leaders in philanthropy in Chicago. In our first interview, we meet Hannah Clark, Manager of Grants and Program Administration at the Grand Victoria Foundation.

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Amplifier’s Jewish Giving Circle Incubator

Want to create a meaningful experience for your friends, family, or program alumni? Amplifier’s Jewish Giving Circle Incubator will empower 30 top-notch community-builders-- individuals as well as professionals representing their organizations--as they design new giving circles from an idea into an exciting grantmaking community in eight months. Amplifier will provide an inspiring, in-depth training experience that begins at a two-day convening in New York City in October, and continues through remote training and support from personal giving circle coaches. Learn more and apply today. 

 

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Future leaders in philanthropy: Three insights from New Orleans

This post originally appeared on the KnightBlog: The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on May 29, 2015.


Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) national conference May 12-14 in New Orleans. The conference brought together diverse young leaders in philanthropy to learn from peers and seasoned leaders to better advance pathways of social change.

Here are three insights I gained from the conference:

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Apply to Join EPIP Michigan's Steering Committee

EPIP Members are invited to apply to serve on EPIP Michigan’s Steering Committee 
Application Deadline: Monday, June 8, 2015

The Michigan Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) seeks applications for new steering committee members to join in summer 2015. 

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