• Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM
    Hawaii Community Foundation in Honolulu, HI

    EPIP Hawaii | Luncheon Workshop-Am I a good Grantmaker?

    Grantmakers and program officers take on many different kinds of roles in their work.  Some are an essential part of every day (Moving grants through the administrative process), or absolutely crucial on occasion (Saving a grant that has gone astray). Some are important but don't take priority (Scouting for new opportunities). But often our skills, experience and training do not prepare us to play every role effectively. And, honestly, sometimes we don't enjoy the roles we must play (Saying "no" to a nonprofit).

    What roles am I good at? What roles are essential for me but I need to get better? And what roles do I dislike playing but still need it?  
    Join us for lunch and a conversation around what helps us be most effective in all the roles we play in our grantmaking.   The presentation will be facilitated by Tom Kelly, Vice President for Knowledge, Evaluation and Learning at the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. 


    Cost: EPIP members-no charge, Non EPIP members-$15. Lunch wil be provided by EPIP.

    Parking- Parking at municipal lots close by.  

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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    Independence Beer Garden in Philadelphia, PA

    EPIP Philadelphia | Spring Happy Hour and Conference Debrief

    Join your fellow EPIP Philly friends and make some new ones at our Spring Happy Hour! If you weren't able to attend the EPIP National Conference in New Orleans this is your perfect opportunity to hear all about it. We'll bring copies of conference materials and debrief all that we heard, learned and experienced. For all those who did make it to New Orleans, come and share your feedback and reflections!

    This is also a great opportunity to introduce new friends to the group...Anyone on our mailing list who brings a new guest will receive a free drink on us!

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    The EPIP Philly Steering Committee


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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Foundation Center in Washington, DC

    EPIP DC | 360 Degrees of Giving Circles

    In philanthropy, it’s so easy to become a step (or two) removed from our nonprofit partners that are doing such incredible work in the community.

    If you’re eager to provide tangible support to nonprofits, collaborate with other philanthropic professionals, and gain experience leveraging resources in the DC community, consider joining EPIP-DC for a conversation dedicated to giving circles.

    By building strong connections to support and champion grantees, we can strengthen the core of our philanthropic values.

    This session will provide an opportunity for participants to:

    • Describe what a giving circle is and how the various kinds of giving circles differ;
    • Learn about common challenges faced by giving circles;
    • Articulate the role of fiscal sponsors; and
    • Develop tangible ideas to advance personal philanthropy through the involvement or creation of a giving circle.

    To prepare for the event, please read the following articles:Giving circles: Maximize your giving potential and Want to Create a Giving Circle? Here's a Checklist.

    We look forward to seeing you at this event!!


    Nicole Cozier : Nicole has over 15 years of non-profit experience working on behalf of women and girls, including more than 10 years in the philanthropic sector. Nicole joined the staff of Washington Area Women’s Foundation in 2008 to manage the foundation’s donor education work, grantee partner technical assistance and capacity building, and the foundation’s collective giving programs – including the foundation signature community-based grantmaking program, the Leadership Awards, and giving circles. Now in the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Nicole still provides advice, direction and oversight for the Foundation’s two giving circles: the Rainmakers Giving Circle and the African American Women’s Giving Circle.  In addition, she was a founding member of KINDRED, an African American LGBTQ giving circle, marrying her professional experience with her own personal philanthropy.

    Kellen MacBeth : Kellen recently founded and served as the Executive Director of GiveArlington, a philanthropic giving circle for young professionals until it merged with the Arlington Community Foundation’s NextGenNow. Kellen currently serves on the Arlington Thrive Board of Directors, Arlington Catholic Diocese Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Campaign for Human Development Board, and is a member of the Arlington Jaycees. He has previously served as a community member on the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, the leadership team of the Arlington Community Volunteer Network, and helped found the Arlington Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

    Jen McCollum : Jen is Vice President of Donor Relations at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, an organization comprised of giving circles, donor advised funds, community investment funds and scholarship funds. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia managed more than $36 million assets and in 2014, awarded $3.7 million in grants to nonprofits and 225,000 in scholarships. Jen is also responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s young professionals giving circle of more than 160 members. Established in 2011, the Future Fund has raised more than $200,000, provided local organizations with more than 400 volunteer hours, collaborated with more than 15 community-led organizations to raise awareness of local needs, and developed its own endowment.


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  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 05:30 PM
    Harrington’s Bar and Grill in San Francisco, CA

    EPIP Bay Area | Networking Happy Hour

    Join us for our THURSDAY Networking Happy Hour in San Francisco and enjoy your first round of drinks courtesy of EPIP Bay Area!

    Meet your fellow EPIP peers to connect over drinks and catch up.This is a great opportunity for you to develop connections and deepen existing relationships with your peers in a relaxed and informal environment. Harrington's Bar and Grill is walking distance from Embarcadero BART. We hope you can join us!

    Note: We plan to hold a networking lunch or happy hour every month in different locations in the Bay Area to connect members outside of the busy work day. If you are interested in holding a networking lunch or happy hour in your area, please contact and we'll connect you with an EPIP member who can help organize it.


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  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 08:00 AM
    Exponent Philanthropy in Washington, DC

    EPIP DC | EPIP Breakfast Club: A Conversation with Marriott Foundation’s Anne Gunsteens on careers, family foundations and shifting funding strategies

    Join EPIP DC on June 2nd for our third Breakfast Club of 2015. We will be joined by Anne Gunsteens, Executive Director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Anne will share insights gained throughout her career as well as from her tenure of our region’s largest family foundation. Approximately 60% of the nation’s foundations are family foundations and she will candidly discuss what it is like to work for one. She will share lessons learned from a major trustee led funding shift to focus on early childhood education in DC. The Foundation has transitioned from focusing on education in the community, to specific schools, to now looking to support parents and children more directly. There are lessons to be gleaned from their evolving strategy for all funders. There will be an opportunity for group discussion, advice for fellow attendees and plenty of time for Q&A. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of our's region's most respected Executive Directors. 

    Speaker Bio

    Anne Gunsteens

    Anne Gunsteens was appointed executive director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation in 2000. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting exceptional nonprofit organizations that provide civic and human services, foster educational achievement, promote equal access to gainful employment and develop the next generation of hospitality leaders. Under her leadership, the Foundation expanded its focus to include not only investing broadly in their local community, but also education reform efforts, support of colleges and universities with hospitality programs and most recently, innovative global programs—such as the China Hospitality Education Initiative —for young people interested in hospitality careers. She developed and managed a 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund, and is a founding member of the Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Disaster Relief Fund Committee. Previously, Anne spent 10 years in KPMG’s audit practice working with real estate and hospitality clients and 3 years working for Marriott International. An active member of the community, Anne has served on a number of nonprofit boards and advisory committees and is a board member of Exponent Philanthropy and the Montgomery College Foundation. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a certified public accountant.


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  • Friday, June 12, 2015 at 09:30 AM

    EPIP Philadelphia | Polarity Thinking in Philanthropy: How We Work with Our Grantees

    Join us for a facilitated dialogue about our varied approaches to working with and supporting grantees. We will explore the benefits of both directive and responsive support, as well as the negative impacts that occur when we focus on one to the exclusion of the other. Better yet, we will create action steps for your foundation to leverage the positive aspects of both responsive and directive approaches to working with grantees.

    This workshop will be based on Polarity Thinking, a tool created by Barry Johnson. No knowledge of Polarity Thinking is needed – we will show you what you need to know to have powerful discussions within the workshop and outside. 

    This session is designed for funders and nonprofit leaders and is presented jointly by EPIP Philadelphia and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.



    Chrissie Bonner, The Philadelphia Foundation

    C. Terrill Thompson, CTThompson Consulting 



  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 08:30 AM
    New York Women's Foundation in New York, NY

    EPIP New York | EPIP Women's Career Empowerment Workshop

    Recent polls by The Chronicle of Philanthropy have found that while women make up the majority of positions at nonprofit institutions, less than 20% are led by women.   

    The same study indicated that 72% of all the women under 34 said they wanted to be a leader.  

    How can we work together to bridge this gap in the field?  

    Please join us for EPIP's first workshop in the Empowerment series with a focus on helping women in philanthropy define their roles as leaders and advance in their careers.  

    Working together, we will find inspiration from a leader in the field during the first half of the morning, and then learn key practices to enhance your career through the instruction of an executive coach.

    This workshop aims to provide emerging women professionals in philanthropy with a safe space to reflect on their leadership practices and develop strategies to move forward in their careers.  

    Key takeaways of the morning are to develop an awareness of your leadership style, engage with peers in the field, and develop strategies you can use to advance your career.


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  • Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 07:00 PM
    City Farm in Chicago, IL

    EPIP Chicago | Community Farming at City Farm

    Get your hands dirty with EPIP Chicago members and learn about the benefits of urban agriculture from our local experts at City Farm. You will also hear from chapter members who attended the EPIP National Conference in New Orleans about new ideas in the field and innovative ways EPIP is empowering communities.

    Bring comfortable clothes, gloves and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty


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