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Reflections on Independent Sector – Leadership Development & Communicating

Greetings! I’ve been at the Independent Sector conference in my hometown of San Francisco the past two days. It’s my first time at IS, and I am officially an IS convert. Seeing colleagues from all over the sector–both in the hallways and on the couches, and observing the sessions and speaking in the sessions. It’s especially cool to see colleagues our age littering the podiums, the stools, and the stages of the sessions. Leadership development for the future? Heck no! Leaders NOW. Read more
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EPIP launches brand new online member community called Member Connect

All current EPIP members are now invited to sign in to Member Connect, EPIP’s custom-built online community. Join or renew your dues today for access to this virtual benefit hub, full of resources, content and networking opportunities. Functionality will continue to expand, too. Read more
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EPIP members can apply for scholarships to attend 2013 Foundations on the Hill (FOTH)

The one time each year that philanthropy presents a powerful front to lawmakers in the nation’s capital is Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). FOTH is an opportunity to share personal stories of grantmaking impact, as well as views and concerns on relevant legislative proposals, directly with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Read more
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Mentors? Advice? Why is it all important?

EPIP-LA invites you to the launch of our Leadership Salon on Wednesday, November 14 with John E. Kobara, Executive VP and COO of the California Community Foundation. Mr. Kobara will be talking about the importance of mentorships as EPIP LA also announces and seeks your feedback in developing its mentorship program set to launch in late Spring 2013!

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EPIP Hawaii Quarterly Newsletter

The EPIP Hawai’i quarterly newsletter is now available! Read about upcoming events and recaps of past events, new initiatives like the “Connecting Leaders in Philanthropy” program, and a list of excellent resources and professional development opportunities. For more information or questions, contact the steering committee at [email protected] Download the newsletter here! Read more
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Update from EPIP HQ: Impacts of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy negatively impacted millions of communities along the east coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the disaster. Those interested in informing their disaster relief grantmaking efforts can visit our colleague’s resource guide at www.cof.org/events/disasters.cfm. Individual gifts for the relief effort can be made at www.redcross.org Read more
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Rahsaan, you’re working with Gladys Knight?!

Mothers love to brag about their children. For them, it’s a source of pride to say, “my daughter is a doctor” or “my son is a lawyer.” In that moment of truth, it is universally understood that the mother was successful in raising her child well. My mom is proud of me, but she has always had difficulty describing what I do.  “Rahsaan spends other people’s money for good causes” is usually the best she can muster. Getting the job as EPIP’s new Executive Director didn’t improve matters. “Now you’re telling me you’re a Pip?! I didn’t know Gladys Knight was auditioning new back up singers.” Let me explain to my mother (and anyone else who is interested) what EPIP is. Read more
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EPIP Hawaii November Lunch Meeting

EPIP Hawai’i Presents Learning Circles Creating a space that encourages collaboration and innovation is essential in Philanthropy. Small group discussions will be facilitated to promote the awareness and sharing of information that may be of interest to others working in philanthropic sectors. Read more
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EPIP Boston New Grantmakers Breakfast October 16

Are you new to philanthropy or your organization? The EPIP Boston Chapter and Associated Grant Makers are pleased to invite you to join us for a New Grantmaker Breakfast! Connect with others new to the field, begin developing your network, discuss the challenges and opportunities of entering grantmaking, and walk away with the Top 10 Tips for New Grantmakers (as compiled by experienced professionals in the EPIP network)...

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Opportunity to Join the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network National Board

This is a great opportunity for EPIP members interested in nonprofit board service! YNPN is looking for outstanding nonprofit leaders to join the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network national board of directors. If you are committed to nonprofits, ready to commit to a leadership position, and want to help lead the growing YNPN movement, you are encouraged you to apply. YNPN’s board is a working board, helping to steer the course of YNPN’s growth, national presence, committees, programs and activities. For more info, check out their website. The deadline to apply is October 26, 2012. Read more
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