Perspectives on Philanthropy

Report Back from Hayes Valley Farm Sustainability Event on June 29th

Earlier this month, after days of rain, the sun broke through the clouds just in time to shine down on our chapter’s volunteer outing at the Hayes Valley Farm. Once a freeway on-ramp, Hayes Valley Farm is currently a 2.2 acre non-profit urban permaculture demonstration site. With a small startup grant from the City and fiscal sponsorship from the San Francisco Parks Trust, the farm first opened their gates on Jaunary 24, 2010- and the farm is still going strong.  We were amazed to learn that the farm is entirely, and successfully, volunteer run. Plant beds have been laid out strategically to make the most of the natural water flow after rain, most of the materials are either donated or sourced from waste streams, there’s a colorful pastel patch of beehives, and any food grown is either gifted to volunteers or left outside the farm for community members to help themselves from. It was astonishing to learn how little money the farm needs to reach their goals, which they’re clearly doing: raising awareness around sustainability and urban agriculture, offering educational opportunities, reviving a vacant lot, providing green job training, beautifying the neighborhood, and having fun. After our tour, we got down and dirty as we helped plant mini-flats of seedlings. After the farm closed up for the day, we headed down the street to join other local EPIP-ers at Pause Wine Bar, a sustainably sourced new wine bar on Market.  Kevin Schuder,the head chef, came out to share some details […] Read more
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Social Venture Partners: Brainerd Fellowship Opportunity

This just in from our friends over at Social Venture Partners – Seattle. This is a great opportunity to participate with SVP and allows you to serve on their grants committee, attend their workshops and seminars, and to participate in their consulting projects with grantees. Application deadline is July 22nd at 5pm – more details online at www.svpseattle.org! Social Venture Partners (SVP) is a network of accomplished individuals who combine financial contributions and professional skills with a passion for philanthropy. Leveraging our collective expertise and resources, we partner with and strengthen promising nonprofits for maximum community impact. To ensure a strong, healthy network of people, SVP continually strives to increase the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures represented in the organization. In this spirit, SVP invites interested individuals in King County to apply for a two‐year “Brainerd Fellowship.” We wish to attract people that couldn’t otherwise make the required financial commitment and that will add value to and find personal reward from SVP’s work. Past fellows have added a great deal to the work of SVP, particularly serving on grant committees where they brought perspective and insight that would otherwise have been lacking. This two‐year Fellowship is intended to widen and strengthen the circle of partners involved in SVP. This fellowship is named in honor of SVP’s co‐founder, Paul Brainerd, and reflects his spirit and ethos. The fellowships are funded by current Partners, and cover the annual $6,000 partner contribution. To read the full Fellowship description, please visit www.svpseattle.org. Read more
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Upcoming Event: Hayes Valley Farm and Sustainable Agriculture

Hayes Valley Farm, Tour and Volunteering Opportunity 450 Laguna Street, at FellWednesday, June 29th, 20113:30 – 5pm Followed by… Sustainable Wine Tasting at Pause Wine Bar 1666 Market Street, in Hayes Valley5pm – 7:30pm Come get your hands dirty and learn how a local urban farm intersects with Philanthropy! We hope you can join us to volunteer, taste bio-dynamic and organic wines, or both! Hayes Valley Farm first broke ground in 2010. Once a freeway on ramp,  Hayes Valley Farm is now a 2.2 acre non-profit Urban Permaculture demonstration site in the heart of San Francisco.  Run by the community and grown through the work of volunteers, Hayes Valley Farm has been working to educate people of all ages on the practical steps which can be taken to grow food and become more responsible in environmental stewardship, as well partnering to develop successful models for a variety of community permaculture projects. To learn more about Hayes Valley Farm, you can go to http://www.hayesvalleyfarm.com. We’ll start by taking a brief tour of Hayes Valley Farm and learning about Hayes Valley Farm’s funding sources, history and future plans. We’ll then spend about an hour volunteering and helping out around the farm. Afterwards, we’ll retire to Pause Wine Bar, where you can taste and learn about sustainably grown wines, mingle with other Foundation professionals and learn about upcoming EPIP programs. The first round of drinks is on us! “Amid the urban jungle that is San Francisco sits an oasis of green. Under eucalyptus […] Read more
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Job Opportunity: Packard Foundation

Packard Foundation is currently hiring: Program-Related Investment Associate Read more
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Job Opportunity: Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Family Foundation is currently hiring for two positions: Program Officer, Media Relations for the Entertainment Media Partnerships Program Financial Analyst Read more
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Job Opportunity: West Coast National Organizer – Resource Generation

Our friends at Resource Generation are hiring for a part-time West Coast Organizer – to be based in San Francisco – or Seattle for the right person! Details below – and the full job description can be found by clicking here. Location: San Francisco, CA (possibly Seattle, WA) The West Coast National Organizer is responsible for supporting and developing our west coast chapters through relationship building, strategy and leadership development with RG constituents in Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and emerging chapter cities in the western half of the country. This organizer will be part of the staff program team which is responsible for overall development of RG’s programs and national strategy. Some travel required. The position is 20 hrs a week, based in the Bay Area. The start date is June 6. There is an opportunity to continue and possibly increase hours depending on resources and mutual interest. Salary commensurate with experience. Read more
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Job Opportunity: Administrative & Grants Assistant, Bullitt Foundation

The Bullitt Foundation requests applicants for an Administrative and Grants Assistant. The successful candidate will possess an undergraduate degree with a concentration on disciplines that are relevant to the Bullitt Foundation mission. Work or volunteer experience with some of the program interests of the foundation would be a plus. This is a good early career position for someone interested in a long-term professional engagement in environmental issues. Please distribute this announcement to anyone you think would be a great fit. For the full job announcement, please see attached or visit our website: www.bullitt.org. This is a full-time, exempt position located in Seattle. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered based on the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. To apply, E-Mail a resume and a writing sample to Amber Knox at grants@bullitt.org by July 5, 2011. No phone calls, please. Mailed or hand-delivered applications will not be considered. Read more
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Funders Network for Smart Growth & Livable Communities: PLACES Fellowship opportunity

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is now accepting applications for its PLACES fellowship. The PLACES fellowship is designed as a year-long fellowship program that offers tools, knowledge, and best practices to enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. This fellowship is designed for professionals in philanthropy who are serving low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The application deadline is July 29, 2011. The fellowship begins in October 2011. More information at www.fundersnetwork.org/participate/places. Read more
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Emerging Practitioners as Change-makers in their Organizations: Brown Bag Luncheon

How can you act “beyond the job title” to influence the way your organization works? Join EPIP Seattle for a brown bag lunch discussion (free for members and friends)! Wednesday, June 22, 2011Century Square Building – 3rd Floor Conference Center1501 4th Avenue12:00 – 1:30pmRSVP now! Holly Wolfe, Program Associate at The Russell Family Foundation will break down what successful change looks like with real-life examples and explore practical approaches to bring new perspectives to your institution. This interactive, peer-learning, brown bag luncheon will dive into deeper issues: What change agendas in philanthropy are emerging professionals ideally positioned to address? What are the characteristics of institutions where emerging professionals can thrive? Where do we feel constrained? What responsibilities do we have to our organizations and to ourselves? What are we afraid of? Together participants will: (1) share their experiences (2) identify common trends (3) workshop their challenges (4) and develop new solutions. The goal of this session is that each person will walk away with tangible ideas and peer support to take on a change agenda at their own philanthropic institution. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion! This event is free for EPIP members and friends. Please RSVP so we make sure to have enough seats! Read more
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A Rockstar’s Reading List

One of the things I noticed during Trista Harris’ presentation on 6 Ways to Rock Your Career was the number of leadership and nonprofit books she referenced. Part of the reason that she and Rosetta Thurman chose to write “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar” was because so many of those books fall short in the “how to/do it yourself” instructions. I wish I’d jotted down all the books and articles Trista mentioned, but instead I asked her for her top 3 suggestions for anyone who is interested. Here are Trista’s three must-reads (linked to Amazon.com), plus another one that sounded good to me! From Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t, by Jim Collins The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization, by John C. Maxwell The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels, by Michael Watkins Causewired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World, by Tom Watson And don’t forget – you can also purchase How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar as an EBook for just $24.99 – as well as the supplemental WORKBOOK for an additional $9.99. Invest in yourself! Read more
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