• Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 03:00 PM

    EPIP Webinar: Community Voices Heard: Engaging Constituents for Social, Economic and Racial Justice

    Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led multi-racial organization, principally women of color and low-income families in New York State that builds power to secure social, economic and racial justice for all.  They accomplish this through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy.

    Join us to learn how CVH builds leadership development and collective power towards broader goals of government transparency and social justice. We'll explore case studies around three impact issues: welfare policy reform, public housing reform, and participatory budgeting. We'll also learn what it looks like to fund this work. Attendees will learn how funding community engagement can fit into a broader social change grantmaking strategy. This is not to be missed!



    Sondra has been at CVH since 2000 and was named the organization’s Executive Director in March 2007; she was previously CVH’s Director of Public Policy and Research. Sondra has worked both in the United States and abroad to achieve social and economic justice through organizing. She has over 15 years experience as an organizer and activist with grassroots groups including farm workers, Native Americans, public housing residents, and low-income workers in the United States, and abroad for various populations throughout Latin America and in several African countries. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in order to gain policy analysis tools to bring back to the grassroots. She also has a BA in American Studies focusing on Oppression and Revolution from Wesleyan University.


    Kevin came to the New York Foundation in 2002. He manages a portfolio of active grants for start up organizations that focus on community organizing and advocacy and also oversees the Foundation’s Capacity Building Program that includes workshops, small grants, and individual technical assistance requests. Kevin is also an adjunct instructor at Hunter College Graduate School of Urban Affairs and Planning and the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. He also serves on the board of directors of the North Star Fund, Neighborhood Funders Group, La Lutta New Media Collective, and Green Worker Cooperatives. Prior to his work at the New York Foundation, Kevin was the Executive Director of Community Training and Resource Center, a housing preservation organization. He provided leadership to a staff of tenant organizers working to improve housing conditions for low-income New York City renters. Kevin holds a bachelors degree in sociology and urban studies from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and received a Masters of Urban Planning degree from the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
    Have questions about EPIP Webinar: Community Voices Heard: Engaging Constituents for Social, Economic and Racial Justice? Contact EPIP
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM

    EPIP DC | Managing Up II: Applying Skills Learned

    Join us for part two of our Managing Up series with the talented Monisha Kapila.
    We’ll put the skills we learned at “Managing Up I: Building a Stronger Relationship with Your Boss” into practice and discuss additional strategies for creating the very best relationship with your supervisor. We’ll review five key elements of managing up, how to assess your boss’s work style, and how to effectively use the Cycle of a Promise.
    Those who were able to attend the first session in this series will benefit the most, but this session is open to newcomers as well!
    We look forward to seeing you at Managing Up II.

    Speaker Bio:

    Monisha Kapila founded ProInspire to help individuals and organizations achieve their potential for social impact. The ProInspire Fellowship recruits early career business professionals to work full-time for nonprofits, and Managing for Success prepares new nonprofit managers with management tools and peer support. She previously spent a decade working for leading organizations including Capital One, ACCION International, CARE, and Arthur Andersen. Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was recipient of the Dean’s Award, and a BBA with distinction from the University of Michigan. She received her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Monisha is an American Express NGen Fellow, National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change, and is a Scholar with the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Society. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, son, and daughter.

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  • Wednesday, May 06, 2015 at 03:00 PM

    EPIP Webinar for New Conference Attendees

    Are you a first time EPIP conference attendee?

    We are getting very excited to have you all with us at the 2015 EPIP National Conference in New Orleans. We know that some of you have not yet been to the EPIP Conference, so we are hosting a webinar to familiarize you with EPIP and what to expect at the conference. If you want to learn more about EPIP, or have never been to our conference, we encourage you to attend this webinar on Wednesday, May 6, at 3:00 pm EDT / 12:00 pm PDT.

    Please RSVP for the webinar on Eventbrite. Your confirmation email will contain important information about to register for and join the webinar.

    This is also a wonderful chance for those of you who have still not registered for the conference and are thinking of doing so to get more information about us and the 2+ days we will spend in New Orleans. Please encourage your colleagues to attend. Thanks in advance!

    Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!


  • Thursday, May 07, 2015 at 09:00 AM
    The Siragusa Foundation in Chicago, IL

    EPIP Chicago | Leadership and Management Workshop

    Leadership and Management Workshop

    EPIP Chicago’s Tool-Kit for New Philanthropic Leaders is a series of workshops built around EPIP Measuring a Leader  program, designed to encourage emerging philanthropy professionals to develop skills and values necessary to be effective leaders in building a just, equitable and sustainable society.

    The first workshop in this series will focus on Leadership and Management Skills. Participants will hear from Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Director of The Siragusa Foundation and Julie Walther, Chief Program Officer at The Center on Halsted about their experiences in grantmaking and grantseeking. Sharmila and Julie will lead breakout sessions and individual exercises to help participants hone in on leadership and professional development goals. 

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    Sharmila Rao Thakkar
    , MPH, MPA has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector for nearly 20 years.  Currently, she staffs a small family foundation in Chicago, IL. As executive director she is responsible for providing expertise on and directing all operational, programmatic and administrative functions of the organization. She guides the board's funding decisions, engages the next generations in their leadership development and provides strategic direction on grantmaking and other grantee outreach and community partnership initiatives.  Sharmila represents the foundation on several committees and at conferences/seminars, where she shares the foundation's experiences and lessons learned in its growth and development as a multi-generation family foundation. She co-chairs the National Center for Family Philanthropy's Non-Family Peer Network and participates as an advisor/mentor in Exponent Philanthropy's Next Gen Fellows Program.  Sharmila also serves on the boards of Allowance for Good, the South Asian Philanthropy Project and the Women's Funding Network, and serves as a troop leader and on the Advisory Council for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. She recently concluded her 6-year term on the board of the Chicago Foundation for Women, where she continues a role on the governance committee and previously also chaired the Asian American (now Women of Color) Giving Council and the board programs/grantmaking committee, helping to develop and refine policies and procedures related to the foundation’s community-led grantmaking process.  Sharmila holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Brown University.


    Julie Walther is Chief Program Officer at Center on Halsted.  She comes to Center on Halsted with extensive work experience in the nonprofit community both in program management and grantmaking. She has worked hard to expand access of factual, inclusive, sexual health education materials to young people. She has served on the board of organizations like Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Crossroads Fund and the Chicago Public Schools Sex Ed Curriculum Review Committee. Prior to working at the Center, Julie served as a Senior Program Officer with both The Brinson Foundation and Girl's Best Friend Foundation, both private family foundations. Before entering philanthropy Julie facilitated several youth leadership programs where young people from underserved Chicago communities designed, implemented and evaluated the programs they participated in. She has a Masters degree from DePaul University in Public Service (Nonprofit Management) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a specialization in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University. Julie is a mother of two grade school daughters and works hard modeling active community involvement for her children. She continues to volunteer in the nonprofit and philanthropic community on a regular basis and works to keep the lines of communication open between different generations and also between grantmakers and grantseekers.


  • Thursday, May 07, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Hyams Foundation in Boston, MA

    EPIP Boston | Leader Salon with Angela Brown from Hyams Foundation

    Leader Salon with Angela Brown from Hyams Foundation

    Join EPIP Boston for a leader salon featuring Angela Brown, Director of Programs for the Hyams Foundation, Inc. The purpose of our leadership salons are to connect our membership to leaders in the philanthropic community. We’re excited for Angela to provide reflections her career and the grantmaking she does at Hyams in the Greater Boston area including affordable housing and civic engagement. Angela will also engage the room in dialogue, answering questions or hearing thoughts from EPIP members. Light appetizers/beverages provided. Limited space; pre-registration required.

    Angela Brown is Director of Programs for the Hyams Foundation, Inc., and oversees the Foundation’s work in the affordable housing, civic engagement and teen development areas, including grantmaking to public policy advocacy and community organizing groups. Angela’s role also entails assessing, refining and developing the Foundation’s funding strategies, including providing leadership on developing a racial equity agenda infused in the Foundation’s program goals, as well as overseeing its Program Related Investing activities.  She previously led the Foundation’s affordable housing portfolio. Active in a range of local funder collaboratives, Angela is also Board Co-Chair for Neighborhood Funders Group, a national affinity group. With a background in community and economic development, she has served in management roles for the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, in Boston, MA; the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s national office; and, the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She holds an AB from the University of Massachusetts and an MPP from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. 



  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM through May 14, 2015
    Le Meridien in New Orleans, LA

    The 2015 EPIP National Conference

    The EPIP National Conference promises to be a transformative conference with the purpose of developing leaders who are better equipped to advance social change. For the first time ever, EPIP is convening in the South to unite members and allies from across the country for honest conversations that address our most salient issues. Through the lens of social justice, we will expose conference participants to fresh ideas, provide stellar examples of emerging leaders, and create pathways to meaningful change. Don’t miss it!

    Join us in New Orleans from May 12-14, 2015 for

    EPIP in NOLA
    Emerging Voices | Empowering Communities


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  • Friday, June 12, 2015 at 09:30 AM

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

    Polarity Thinking in Philanthropy: Reflections & Discussion on 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