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Choosing Leadership Development – and Spilling the Best-Kept Secret in Philanthropy

This post was authored by Elizabeth Ramirez, and first appeared on March 26, 2015 on NCRP's blog at: http://blog.ncrp.org/2015/03/choosing-leadership-development.html

Supporting nonprofit leadership development has clear benefits for the leaders themselves, their organizations and their movements. As detailed in NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership:  A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity, it disrupts usual ways of thinking, builds the networks needed to win, prevents burnout and supports organizational sustainability by “building the bench.”

 

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MC MaL | Share Your Power!

Dear Friends,
 
At the 1969 UNESCO Conference on the Environment, a peace activist named John McConnell proposed the idea of an international Earth Day to foster appreciation of the earth and to remind people around the world of their common need to preserve its delicate ecosystems. Around that same time, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced the idea for a national environmental teach-in because he wanted to force environmental issues onto the national political agenda. On April 22, 1970, buoyed by the massive momentum and energy of the Vietnam War protests, 20 million Americans marched or participated in environmental teach-ins around the country.
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MC MaL | Innovation and Problem Solving Resources

This April, EPIP is highlighting the Measuring a Leader Innovation and Problem Solving Skills.

Social change leaders:

  • Think unconventionally while inspiring others to as well
  • Solicit diverse perspectives to aid problem solving
  • Analyze problems, create solutions and solve problems quickly
  • Integrate new technology and data analysis into problem solving 
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An Update on our ED Search

As spring begins to reach many parts of the country we are seeing changes in the weather, with leaves and flowers beginning to sprout. Along with the change in seasons we at EPIP are continuing to prepare for a change in leadership with the search for our new Executive Director. Please know that we will accept resumes for the ED position until May 1. Thank you to those of you who have expressed interest by submitting your resumes and we look forward to seeing more applications from our EPIP family. 

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Virtual Learning for Nonprofits

First published in NTEN: Change, March 2015, CC BY-SA 3.0 
Virtual Learning for Nonprofits
By Sophia Guevara, Social Media Fellow, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Professional development is important to keep one current and marketable in today’s job market.  With my background in distance learning and interest in helping others grow, I have learned to be creative in the tools and techniques I utilize in developing virtual learning sessions. 

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Webinar Recap: Social Justice Trends in New Media: How New Civil Rights Movements Take Shape

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 EPIP Webinar| Social Justice Trends in New Media: How New Civil Rights Movements Take Shape Social Justice Trends in New Media: How New Civil Rights Movements Take Shape What takes places after the hashtag?  When you post your support in a comment or a 10 second video, does the intended impact have a lasting effect? Media has played a major role in the shaping of civil rights movements in the 21st century. Beginning in the 1960s, peaceful demonstrations harnessed the power of media to change perceptions, raise awareness, and offer a call to action for the nation. As new media platforms are created, civil rights issues have gotten attention much faster than ever before. But the challenge for supporters to stay connected to a cause once its no longer a “trending” topic has increased. In this webinar, we explored civil rights trends and how they have taken shape in the 21st century using new a media lens. Sharon Rice, director of community relations with Generocity.org was joined by speakers Bryan Mercer and Rebekah Phillips, Co-Executive Directors of the Media Mobilizing Project, in examining the role media played in advancing the initial civil rights movement, how new media platforms have helped to shape current civil rights movements, and how supporters can join the conversation and not get lost in the trends. Speakers: Sharon Rice, Director of Community Relations, Generocity.org Bryan Mercer, Co-Executive Director, Media Mobilizing Project   Recording:  Slides:

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EPIP in NOLA: Session Descriptions

New Orleans :: Three Cases of Community Revitalization Ashley Bowden, Cool Culture Historically, economic development and the arts and culture have been perceived as mutually exclusive. More recent conversations around community revitalization have put them in conversation with one other. This session will highlight community revitalization initiatives that seek to combat poverty AND maintain New Orleans’ rich history, and its arts and cultural scenes. Panelists will represent leaders from three organizations that seek to uplift the city’s underserved communities. People, Place & Planning: Engaging Residents & Using Data in Revitalization Crystal Dundas, Program and Communications Officer, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation How can you create and sustain long-term neighborhood change that engages and energizes residents, leverages the assets and market momentum of place, and assesses whether you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do? Come play the Neighborhood Planning Game, and experience a participatory neighborhood planning process through the eyes of a stakeholder. Hear first-hand how one community is revitalizing based upon its resident driven plan, and learn about tools like Success Measures and Policy Map that are available to support and assess the impact of these activities. #Revolution – Building a Digital Grassroots Movement Francesca Dulce Larson, Mosaic Strategies Group Today more than ever before, organizers have the ability to engage more voices. The use of social media and online engagement has become an understood necessity for building a movement. Free and low cost organizing technology is abundantly available for those who know what to look for and have a […] Read more
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Voices from the Field: An Interview with Guidestar CEO, Jacob Harold

In an effort to help EPIP members gain value from the experience of professionals in the field, EPIP has started a new interview series. Blog readers will be able to learn valuable lessons from leaders in the field. The next interview in this series is with Jacob Harold, President and CEO of Guidestar. Could you provide a brief professional description of who you are and what you do? I’ve had the great privilege of serving as President and CEO of GuideStar for about two-and-a-half years.  I came to GuideStar after six-and-a-half years at the Hewlett Foundation where I led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program.  This position with GuideStar offered a natural continuation of my work at Hewlett—as we collectively try to build an infrastructure for smart philanthropy. In this role, I have to constantly balance the internal and external.  I do my best to articulate GuideStar’s value and vision to funders, users, and partners.  And then I work to ensure alignment within the organization—both board and staff. What drew you to your current work and how did you get your start? I was interested in the question as to how money is allocated to the social good.  At the beginning of my career I worked in the environmental movement where I saw that the highest-performing organizations were often not the ones that raised the most money.  When I was at Hewlett I saw that GuideStar was well-positioned to tackle this problem—so started a close partnership with the organization, including service […] Read more
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Tips on Building a Career in Philanthropy

By Stephen Alexander, Program Manger, Exponent Philanthropy For career-minded professionals working in philanthropy—whether in program or administrative roles at foundations, philanthropy support organizations, consulting firms, or academic centers—the field can be a difficult space to navigate. Career paths tend to be limited and unconventional, and, although funders are making great strides in going public with their giving, the field has yet to overcome its tendency toward anonymity. Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in an open and honest conversation with Kathleen Enright, CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, on building a career in philanthropy. Many thanks to EPIP DC for organizing the program. Here are my takeaways—some offered candidly by Kathleen and others from my personal experience. How do I pursue a career in philanthropy? The answer isn’t what we might want to hear. Job openings are rare, and a direct approach—zeroing in on a specific organization—isn’t necessarily fruitful or wise. So what steps can you take? Map out your network and ask to be connected to people of interest. Introductions and recommendations from a trusted source, particularly one working in philanthropy, go a long way. Build relationships with well-connected people throughout the philanthropy and nonprofit fields early on, especially if you foresee a potential geographic or job transition on the horizon. Seek out mentors; several of them! They will be your advocates going forward if you put in the time and effort. Play up your skills. Philanthropy professionals come to this work from varied backgrounds (business, marketing, […] Read more
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EPIP Advisory Board Announces Executive Director Search

Last year we announced the departure of Rahsaan Harris, and though we’ve missed his presence as ED, Emily has done an outstanding job in the interim. The Board of Advisors has formed a search committee and is excited to launch the search for a new ED. Many of you have probably seen the announcement by now via email; you can also find the job description on the EPIP website here. We hope that we can find our new Executive Director right from our extensive EPIP membership. I encourage you to read through the description and consider whether you fit the position. I also encourage you to share the description with your networks! Please send applications (cover letter and resumé) and any inquiries to jobs@epip.org – Jasmine Hall Ratliff National Advisory Board Chair | Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy   Read more
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