EPIP LA is Recruiting!

The EPIP LA Chapter is now recruiting Steering Committee members. Please read more here about responsibilities, opportunities and details on how to apply.

Role of the Steering Committee
The role of the Steering Committee is to provide leadership among philanthropic practitioners in the Los Angeles community by providing innovative programming, networking, and professional development opportunities. In line with EPIP’s mission the Steering Committee aims to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

Each member of the Steering Committee is responsible for:

  • Participating in monthly Steering Committee meetings (Friday mornings)
  • Attending 75% of EPIP-LA events
  • Recruiting new members for the local chapter and Steering Committee to ensure chapter sustainability
  • Leading the planning of a least one event per year and supporting others to execute their events
  • Generate ideas for grant opportunities

Chapter Events

  • Affinity Group Events: These events include periodic networking and an annual holiday party with other CHANGE Philanthropy groups including Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy.
  • EPIPhany Hour Series: These events include causal lunches, happy hour networking events, lunch conversations on specific issue areas, and/or behind the scenes tours at some of LA’s most unique spaces. Recent events include: Philanthropy and the Tech Sector, curator-led tour at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Lunch with a Leader Series: These events offer intimate conversations with philanthropic leaders. Recent leaders include: Renata Simril, Dr. Bob Ross
  • Mid-Career Series: These events provide opportunities for mid-career professional to connect and discuss topics of interest to them.
  • Salon Series: These events focus on general themes that encourage discussion and debate in a friendly environment with the goal of generating unique insights and challenging our assumptions. Recent events include: Fighting Displacement Roundtable with Liberty Hill, Voter Prep Events, Conversation on Equity, Impact, and the New Cannabis Law
  • Skill Building Series: These events help members build capacity and improve their skills. Recent topics include: Project Management, Facilitation and Collaboration, and LGBTQ 101 Training
  • Wellness Series: These events promote the health and wellbeing of members. Recent events include: yoga in the park, kayaking the LA river
  • Volunteer Series: These events provide opportunities to engage with the community. Recent opportunities include: cleaning up the LA River, picking fruit with Food Forward

Chapter Programs

  • Giving Circle: Participants pay a minimum of $10/month and pool their resources to decide collectively how the money is invested. Participants nominate, vote, and engage with a Los Angeles-based nonprofits operating with an annual budget under $1M.
  • Mentorship Program: This year-long program connects emerging leaders in the philanthropic field with a seasoned leader to serve as a mentor and a cohort of like-minded peers to support them on their journey.

Steering Committee Leadership Positions
Co-Chair(s) Co-chairs lead the chapter Steering Committee to allow for continuity and division of labor. The role of the Chair/Co-chair(s) is to ensure that a positive and proactive tone is set for the chapter and the Steering Committee. In addition to Steering Committee responsibilities, specific jobs include:

  • Facilitate Steering Committee Meetings.
  • Ensure that committee is planning programs, that programs are in keeping with the EPIP mission and that they meet the needs of chapter participants.
  • Oversee the recruitment of new Steering Committee members in anticipation of vacancies, including vacancies left by the chair/co-chair(s) themselves.
  • Attend and participate in quarterly national chapter leader calls.
  • Serve as chapter liaison with EPIP Regional Coordinator and keep Regional Coordinator updated on chapter programming and Steering Committee issues and activities.
  • Recruit/Liaise with Advisory Committee.
  • Coordinate all external communications via Nationbuilder platform.
  • Checking the EPIP email account at least once a week and forwarding necessary emails to Steering Committee members.

CHANGE Philanthropy Liaison(s) The CHANGE Philanthropy Liaison helps foster relationships with other affinity groups including Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, as well as local organizations such as SCG, YNPN, and other nonprofit affinity groups to develop effective relationships and partnership opportunities. In addition to Steering Committee responsibilities, specific jobs include:

  • Help establish relationships and collaborations for co-sponsored events.
  • Participate in all CHANGE Philanthropy-related meetings hosted by SCG.
  • Serve as the EPIP representative in planning the CHANGE Philanthropy Annual Leadership Recognition and Holiday Reception.

Communications Coordinator(s) The Communications Coordinator is responsible for increasing visibility of the chapter through online social media tools, and creating and distributing all communications around events and chapter programming. In addition to Steering Committee responsibilities, specific jobs include:

  • Coordinate all external communications via Nationbuilder platform.
  • Maintain EPIP-LA’s online communications including the EPIP LA website page, EPIP LA Facebook page, Twitter account and LinkedIn page.
  • Develop new and creative ways to interact with prospective and current members through various communication strategies.
  • Maintain printed promotional materials for events as needed.

Giving Circle Coordinator(s) The Giving Circle Coordinator is responsible for managing the EPIP LA Giving Circle and acting as a liaison with Giving Circles Fund, which hosts EPIP LA’s Circle. In addition to Steering Committee responsibilities, specific jobs include:

  • Overseeing two rounds of awards per year.
  • Recruiting new program participants and communicating next steps with Giving Circle participants with support from the EPIP LA Communications Coordinator(s).
  • Overseeing the grantee nomination, voting and award process, including scheduling various meetings during the assessment and voting phase of the program.
  • Organizing “Meet the Grantee” events for current and prospective Giving Circle participants to meet with representatives from awarded organizations.
  • Organize annual Shared Plates format dinner as fundraiser for grantees.

Membership Coordinator(s) The Membership Coordinator is responsible for the recruitment and orientation of new members to the local chapter. In addition to Steering Committee responsibilities, specific jobs include:

  • Responding to new member announcements with a welcome email (including an introduction to the co-chairs, the new member survey, Facebook link, upcoming events, and the resource guide).
  • Responding to occasional inquiries by prospective new members and arranging phone calls or in-person meetings with them.
  • Working with other Steering Committee members to brainstorm new ways of engaging new members and negotiating member benefits.
  • Maintain EPIP-LA web and mailing database in coordination with the National office.
  • Send out reminder emails to lapsed members.

Mentorship Coordinator (s) The Mentorship Coordinator is responsible for managing the mentorship program. In addition to Steering Committee responsibilities, specific jobs include:

  • Updating program recruitment and orientation materials (at least annually).
  • Working with the communications coordinator(s) to promote the program and advertise the application process.
  • Overseeing the application and selection process, including an in-person group interview.
  • Planning and executing an orientation meeting with the cohort.
  • Working with the cohort to identify 3 mentor prospects each.
  • Making initial asks/outreach to mentor candidates with support from Steering/Advisory Committees.
  • Work with CHANGE Philanthropy liaison(s) to honor mentors at annual holiday party.

Treasurer(s) The Treasurer is responsible for keeping track of chapter expenses, reimbursements and income. In addition to Steering Committee responsibilities, specific jobs include:

  • Serve as chapter liaison to National EPIP office on all matters related to budget and expenses.
  • Update Steering Committee members on the chapter budget at monthly Steering Committee meetings.
  • Maintain cash flow projections, grant calendar, and reporting requirements.

How to apply

Applications are due by Thursday, November 1, 2018. If you're interested in building your leadership skills and engaging with the EPIP community in a deeper way, please submit an application online.  If you have any questions, please email us

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  • Sara Straubel
    published this page in Blog 2018-09-28 18:12:27 -0400