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Thanks to our conversation with Lynn Alvarez and Karin Berger Stellar at EPIP LA’s Spring Leadership Salon, we now know where philanthropy is headed. But do you know where your career is headed and how to get there?
Let EPIP LA's Summer Leadership Salon guide you! Join EPIP LA at our upcoming summer leadership salon:
Defining Your Own Leadership: How to Develop a Personal Mission Statement
Rosetta Thurman, Co-Author of How to be a Nonprofit Rockstar, will lead a fun, self-discovery workshop that will guide you through a linear, three-step process to complete a personal mission statement that will forever change the way you work, lead and live your life. This process will give you a clear outline of what’s most important to you, what you would like to achieve and who you would like to become, to lead you to a more rewarding life and career.
In this session you will:Continue reading
This post originally appeared on Next Gen Change Agent, the blog of Nakisha Lewis, the EPIP Boston Co-Chair and Program Manager at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. I grew up in an immigrant community that was steeped in the tradition of collective responsibility where I learned to take care of those around me and to always look for opportunities to support others. In my early years I used my time and talent as an organizer working to transform my community. Now as a philanthropic practitioner I have the privilege of working with foundations and individual donors to support some phenomenal organizations and have come to see firsthand how important it is to financially support the people, issues and movements we care about. And so although I am not independently wealthy, I have developed my own personal philanthropy and am committed to giving to the causes that advance my values.Continue reading
Doing Good in the 21st Century
On April 4-6, more than 250 early-career social sector professionals gathered in Chicago, IL to explore new paradigms of leadership at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) National Conference. La Piana Consulting was there to launch a joint project with EPIP aimed at examining what “doing good” means in the 21st Century and how the sector can adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing environment.Continue reading
EPIP is pleased to announce the re-launch of of our career coaching program through the Effective Leadership Career Program (ELCP). Members can read through full coach bios and contact coaches directly for appointments through Member Connect (login required).
All coaches are able to provide coaching sessions over the phone, and, in some cases, via video or in-person.
To get you started in thinking about the value of coaching, we have some resources for you, courtesy of Amina Dickerson:Continue reading
Grantmakers want their grants to support nonprofits missions, but burdensome application and reporting practices get in the way. In fact, the cumulative impact of the philanthropic sector’s requirements undermines nonprofit effectiveness, causing grantseekers to devote too much time to seeking funding (often without payoff) and reporting on grants (often without benefit) to the detriment of their mission-based work.
After five years, Project Streamline – a field-wide effort led by the Grants Managers Network – has taken stock of how far streamlining has come. In a just-released report, Practices That Matter, Project Streamline documents how a lack of feedback and a mismatch between foundation values and practices lead to persistent issues that waste grantseeker time and cause unnecessary aggravation.
The report doesn’t just point out problems – it also suggests streamlining steps that matter most. Find out how well you’re doing by taking the “How Do You Line Up” quiz, and get no-nonsense advice from Ask Dr. Streamline.
(If you are an EPIP member and need access to the free ticket for members only, please email Kate Seely at firstname.lastname@example.org for that. Or find it on my Member Connect profile by clicking here. Once you register on Eventbrite, you will receive a link to access the webinar.)
Join us for our monthly webinar focused this month on Impact Investing. We'll be talking with Catherine Covington of EPIP Bay Area and RSF Social Finance. RSF is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money.
Many of us have heard about “Impact Investing”, but what is the current state of this relatively young field and who is getting their hands dirty in it? What would the philanthropic field look like if foundations’ grant dollars and endowment dollars were distributed and invested using a similar set of values and goals? Foundations have the opportunity to play a critical role in catalyzing the movement of more dollars into the field of impact investing by putting portions of their philanthropic capital, that is, their endowments, into mission-related investments, but this is easier said than done for most foundations. This webinar is for anyone who is curious about the field of impact investing and will include examples of pioneers in the field that will hopefully spark conversations within your own organization!Continue reading
Wit and Wisdom — Foundations and the Fallacy of Post-Racial America: African American Men and Civic Engagement
Post-racial America?! A week before the 2013 @EPIPNational Conference in Chicago, Dr. Emmett Carson was the Clinton Scholar in Residence at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. During that week, he examined the implications of philanthropy's perceptions of a 'post-racial America', and further posits reflections on the civic engagement of African American males. As usual, Dr. Carson's voice challenges colleagues to examine our roles and commitment to authentic social change. Below is an excerpt Dr. Carson's essay, Foundations and the Fallacy of Post-Racial America: African American Men and Civic Engagement. Please read it and share. We are interested in your thoughts.
Of all the questions of discrimination and prejudice that still exist in our society, the most perplexing one is the oldest, and in some ways today, the newest: the problem of race. Can we fulfill the promise of America by embracing all our citizens of all races.… In short, can we become one America in the 21st century?[i]
With these words, former President Bill Clinton announced his intention to lead the American people in “a great and unprecedented conversation about race.” His hope was to create One America in which every citizen, regardless of race, recognizes their shared dreams and has access to equal opportunity. Shared dreams and equal opportunity are the avenues through which citizens become engaged in the civic life of their communities, allowing strangers to become neighbors, strengthening the social fabric of America’s civil society. Without question, the most visible example of the nation’s progress on race relations is the two-term election of President Barack Obama.Continue reading
Please join us for a happy hour to debrief, reminisce and chat about reflections from the 2013 EPIP National Conference last April. The Chicago “Lead” conference brought lots of lessons and food for thought.
Didn’t have a chance to make it to the conference? Don’t worry! Conference attendees will share their experiences with us in an open space for rich conversation and networking.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ask the front desk/host for "EPIP" and they will direct you to our group
First glass of wine is on us, first come, first serve.
RSVP here today.
Hope you can join us!
EPIP LA Invites You to an Intimate Conversation with LA Mayoral Candidates Wendy Greuel & Eric Garcetti
EPIP Members are invited to attend
An Intimate Conversation with LA Mayoral Candidates
Wendy Greuel & Eric Garcetti
presented by The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Conversation
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Conference Reflections: Being a Guest at the Table — Some Reflections from the EPIP National Conference by Steven Strang of YNPN Chicago
This post originally appeared on the YNPN-Chicago Blog.
On April 5th and 6th, I had the pleasure of attending the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) National Conference here in Chicago. The EPIP Executive Director, Rahsaan Harris, invited me to join as one of the Board Chairs of YNPN Chicago. I was very excited about participating in this event because of the insights I would gain from future philanthropic leaders and the new information I could share with the YNPN member base to build our programming and partners.
For those of you not familiar with EPIP, they are a similar in purpose to YNPN although their programming is specific for up and coming leadership in the philanthropic sector. Currently, there is not a chapter in Chicago but there was an announcement that they are going to explore that option this year. Very exciting!
Here are three main take-a-ways/reflections as “The Mole” for the nonprofit sector:Continue reading