Perspectives on Philanthropy

Upcoming Event: New Year Celebration and 2012 Kick-Off

JOIN US for EPIP Bay Area Chapter’s NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AND 2012 KICK-OFF Thursday, January 19th 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Location: Jillian’s Billiards @ the Metreon 101 Fourth Street, Suite 1070 (2 blocks from Powell St BART) * Please note, because of Metreon construction, enter at Fourth St entrance. Upon arrival, ask hostess to  direct you to the “Private Billiard Room.” Start the new year by meeting other young and emerging Bay Area foundation professionals. Come and get a preview of local EPIP programming for 2012 and find out how to get involved. The first drink is on us and light appetizers will be served!  Please RSVP by emailing bayarea@epip.org Read more
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EPIP is now accepting applications for the 2012 Professional Development Fund

EPIP members of color are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to attend any 2012 philanthropy conference or gathering. There are 2 application deadlines: Round 1: To attend a conference in January – June 2012 Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 13, 2012 (submit by 5pm ET) Round 1 is closed Round 2: To attend a conference in July – December 2012 Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 30, 2012 (submit by 5pm ET)   Learn more about the Professional Development Fund program. Read more
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Great Opportunity for Next-Gen Leaders to Attend Foundations on the Hill!

Foundations on the Hill is right around the corner and event organizers want YOU to attend! FOTH, the Council on Foundations’ and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers’ annual legislative and public policy event, allows foundation representatives to get to know their elected officials and share the perspectives of those in philanthropy. A two-day event, FOTH includes advocacy training, meetings with representatives, and a special breakfast with remarks by members of Congress. FOTH 2012 is March 21-22 in Washington, D.C., and the Council on Foundations and the Forum are offering very generous stipends to potential attendees to cover all or most of the costs of attending. And preference will be given to next-generation leaders…! For more info, check out their guidelines. Apply soon – the deadline is Friday, December 16! Read more
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The NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund Annual Introductory Membership Kickoff

On Wednesday, November 30th NYCVPF will host its annual membership kickoff event. NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund (VPF) is a giving circle of individuals who invest in social entrepreneurs focused on tackling persistent social and economic problems in New York City...

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Foundations Hold Money for the 1%. How Can We Stand With the 99%?

Our friends at the Quixote Foundation have been spending time thinking about the Occupy Movement and what it means for foundations and the work that we do. Below, an excerpt: What do foundations have in common with the 1%? We’re organizations, not individuals, it’s true; but our raison d’être is using untaxed wealth to carry out the wishes of its “former owners.” As long as we stick to a few regulations, only the founders or their heirs and appointees can have a say in what we do. If this tax break can pay for itself by channeling riches into the public good, why is there no equivalent deduction for ordinary folks who make nonprofit gifts, unless they have sufficient income or assets to itemize? Why are foundations allowed to hold $672 billion in assets—often invested in companies that help create the problems our programs try to solve—while spending as little as 5% per year no matter how well our portfolios have performed? The Quixote Foundation has nine suggestions on how we can support the movement, besides spending beyond the 5% (what Quixote calls “spending up”). Here are a few examples – but click here to read the complete article. Support organizations that help the Occupy movement. The National Lawyers Guild links demonstrators with free emergency legal help. Ruckus Societyprovides training. The Funders Committee for Civic Participation can connect grantmakers with nonprofits helping in many ways, including sustained action on issues like corporate political power; and Resource Generation works with both […] Read more
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Job Opportunity: The Philanthropy Workshop West

TPW West is currently hiring for 2 positions: Intern Administrative Assistant  Read more
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Good in Theory, Problems in Practice: Young Professionals’ Views on Popular Leadership Development Strategies

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network recently surveyed over 1,100 emerging nonprofit leaders across the country. Conducted in Spring 2011, YNPN’s National Voice Survey tested several interventions targeting leadership development in the nonprofit sector. The full report was launched in the Fall of 2011 at Independent Sector’s NGEN conference. Click here to download the full report. We’d love to hear your thoughts – leave a comment below! Read more
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Upcoming Event: Data-driven & Doable

“Data-driven & Doable – Frank Talk about Managing to Outcomes” Tuesday, November 29, 2011  6:00-6:30pm Networking and Refreshments  6:30-8:30pm Program  Location: 144 Second St, San Francisco This event is FREE! Register via Eventbrite. There are limited spots available. Data-driven & Doable is made possible by the Presenting Sponsor, Rosov Consulting, in partnership with StartingBloc Bay Area, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Francisco Bay Area (YNPNsfba) and EPIP Bay Area. The event is generously hosted by Rally at the RallyPad. About the workshop: Data-driven & Doable is a one-of-a-kind event bringing together young professionals and senior management from Bay Area nonprofits and foundations for a candid look at the managing-to-outcomes movement and its implications for emerging leaders. Managing-to-outcomes is about defining success, collecting data and using it to increase organizational effectiveness. In short, it’s about how you know that you’re making a difference.  The evening will combine elements of an interactive workshop and a film screening  featuring special guest host, Kate Robinson, director of the upcoming PBS documentary, Saving Philanthropy: Resources to Results.   Who should attend? General registration for this event is specifically intended for young nonprofit and foundation professionals. People are encouraged to attend who have personal experience (good, bad or in-between) with outcomes measurement, program management and/or evaluation. Read more
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Own Your Power

On Friday, November 4th, EPIP members gathered at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in San Mateo to explore power dynamics in philanthropy, both between foundations and grantees, as well as within our own institutions. EPIP has developed a curriculum called Philanthropology™. As you might guess, the curriculum is the study of philanthropy, specifically as it relates to EPIP’s mission and values. There are four modules that comprise the curriculum. We looked at the third on Friday: Power Dynamics. I attended the workshop in two capacities, one as a staff member with EPIP who organized the whole day, and two as a steering committee member of the Bay Area EPIP chapter. I flit back and forth between these two perspectives, wondering how it was going for others who were attending, and actually participating myself. The questions posed at the beginning of the day helped to frame the discussion. How do we define power? How do we obtain power? How does that power affect the philanthropic landscape? How can you leverage your own power? How do you work with donors, with grantees, and with each other in a way that helps us all achieve our goals? Is there any way to get past the power dynamics that exist within our sector? Emmett Carson, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, joined us at lunch, and we had the opportunity to hear his views on the subject. He shared sage advice: “Acknowledge that there is a power dynamic. Allow people to be […] Read more
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Job Opportunity: Office Manager at the Wilburforce Foundation

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION: Wilburforce Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation that exists to preserve the North American West’s irreplaceable biological diversity and ecological integrity. Our mission is to protect wildlife habitat in Western North America by actively supporting organizations and leaders advancing conservation solutions. We believe there are positive, achievable solutions to current challenges based on sound science, conservation policy, and community action, and we believe that conservation is powered by a hopeful vision in which wild places and wildlife thrive in harmony with human communities. ABOUT THE POSITION: We have an opening for a full-time Office Manager based in Seattle, Washington. The Office Manager will report to our Executive Director. Please review the position description for more information. Responsibilities: The Office Manager carries out the Foundation’s core workplace services. This work falls into five broad categories: 1) general reception, phones, and mail handling; 2) assist Wilburforce accountant with accounts payable and other bookkeeping duties, and handle contact with payroll and benefits representatives; 3) manage maintenance contracts and equipment inventories and ordering of office supplies; 4) assist Grants Manager with administration of grantmaking processes, and 5) provide general support to Foundation staff and Board as needed with administration, data management, event planning, and other functions. Qualifications: Minimum of a four-year college degree. Strong organizational and communication skills. Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and to prioritize and follow up on urgent matters in a timely manner. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential. Excellent knowledge and skills of computers […] Read more
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