Boston Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    EPIP Boston | Effective Site Visits Workshop

    Site visits are invaluable tools to inform your grantmaking and strengthen your relationships with grantee-partners. They offer opportunities to connect with organizations’ board, staff, and constituents, and to learn things that can’t be learned from a written proposal.

    Join EPIP Boston for a brownbag lunch roundtable conversation with an expert panel, including representatives from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors—and two EPIP alumni—to discuss best practices for planning, conducting, and evaluating site visits.

    The session will include a moderated panelist discussion and open Q&A. You’ll walk away with tools to improve your site visit practices.

    Dessert and drinks will be offered by EPIP.


    • Michael Ibrahim, program manager, Cultural Investment Portfolio, Massachusetts Cultural Council
    • Amanda Northrop, vice president, State Street Foundation (former EPIP Boston Steering Committee member)
    • Marinell Rousmaniere, senior vice president for strategic initiatives, EdVestors
    • Elissa Spelman, executive director Breakthrough Greater Boston (former EPIP Boston Steering Committee member)

    Please RSVP below by Wednesday, May 3.

    Please note: this session is intended for funders only.


  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 3 rsvps

    EPIP Boston | May Breakfast Discussion: Feedback Loops—Breakfast of [Philanthropy] Champions

    “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” –Ken Blanchard

    Effective feedback loops are an essential way to address funder/grantee power dynamics and ensure that funder practices really do support nonprofit partners. Being thoughtful and engaged listeners also helps funders plan and assess our own work. But knowing how to best obtain feedback, analyze it, and share it is not always easy—especially when we expand our feedback loops to include both nonprofit partners and the individuals they serve.

    Join your peers in philanthropy as we discuss:

    • Ways we can develop and incorporate feedback loops for nonprofit partners and beneficiaries into our grantmaking practices
    • Successful ways that others have shared what they learned from feedback both internally and externally
    • Likely hurdles we will encounter along the way with feedback loops and how to get ahead of them.

    Less familiar with this subject? Read this Fund for Shared Insight report or recent Center for Effective Philanthropy blog posts here and here as primers on feedback loops before the breakfast.