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Job Opportunity: The Women’s Foundation of California

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2011 EPIP National Conference

We want to hear from you!  What a week it has been! Many of us attended the 10th Anniversary EPIP National Conference in Philadelphia to represent Bay Area philanthropy and if you haven’t heard, it was a very engaging, thought-provoking and inspiring week of events, workshops, speakers and connections. We want to hear how it had an impact on you, your organization, your chapter or your career path.  What are some key highlights, takeaways, favorite moments or lessons learned that you would like to share with the rest of the Bay Area Chapter and philanthropy community? Please add your comments to this post.  Here are highlights from EPIP Bay Area Chapter steering committee members: The EPIP conference was absolutely transformative. The speakers were inspiring and impressive and the four program tracks; Understanding Philanthropy, Social Impact, Managing Power Dynamics and Generations in Philanthropy, were delivered with deep reflection and compassion for the hard work that is being undertaken by those in the sector. Conference participants were encouraged to share their thoughts on an array of topics from systems change to movement building, and were encouraged to think deeply about our own true purpose as well as the broader philanthropic mission and purpose. The conference also stressed the importance of multisector partnerships to ensure that the philanthropic community is utilizing all of the resources available to promote meaningful change. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to participate and I look forward to combating and confronting some of the […] Read more
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Round-up of Blog Posts on EPIP 2011 National Conference

The EPIP 2011 National Conference generated an incredible amount of buzz in philanthropy’s blogosphere. In this post, we provide links to many of the blog posts related to the conference content and experience. The authors include EPIP members and leaders, conference speakers, and senior leaders in the field. Thanks to all for the enthusiasm and analysis! Unfortunately because we have pulled these link and titles from a variety of source websites, the font formatting has been a challenge. Please pardon the appearance and focus on the important content. Maisha Simmons: The Experiences of An Emerging Leader at National Philanthropy Conferences here Alfonso Wenker: Pearls of Wisdom from EPIP’s National Conference here Chanelle Gandy: Reflections from a Millennial here Chris Cardona: Let the River Run: on confluence (or not) of EPIP 2011 National Conference) & Council on Foundations 2011 Annual Conference here Christine Reeves, NCRP: Top Ten Lessons from Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy here Another Multiplier Effect: Invest in Talent Development – Part One here, Part Two here Trista Harris: I Told You EPIP Was Awesome here Tammie Power Dynamics (from #epip11): here Christi Tran: Caught in the Headlights here Richard Woo: Fountain of Youth here Holly Wolf: Letter to COF Conference Attendees here Sterling Spiern: Promoting Intergenerational Leadership & Racial Justice in Philanthropy here Kris Putnam Walkerly and Rusty Stahl: EPIP Provides Support and Opportunity for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy here Kris Putnam Walkerly and Rusty Stahl: Advancing the Next Generation: EPIP’s Impact on Philanthropy here Added bonus: a post […] Read more
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Advancing the Next Generation: EPIP’s Impact on Philanthropy

EPIP released the findings of it’s 2011 Impact Assessment, in conjunction with its 10th anniversary and national conference held in Philadelphia. Last week we highlighted 7 ways EPIP provides support and opportunities for emerging leaders in philanthropy. Below we share 6 key findings about EPIP’s impact on the broader field of philanthropy. 1) EPIP’s focus on multigenerationalism has had a positive impact on philanthropy. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of survey respondents reported that as a result of EPIP, there is increased interaction and dialogue between senior and new foundation staff 95% said they believe philanthropy has benefited from EPIP’s efforts to prepare the next generation of leaders. They also reported that young or new foundation staff now have more opportunity to get involved in philanthropy (60%) and that these staff are more active in the field than they were before (50%). “To the extent that you care about the future of philanthropy, you’ve got to care about the next generation of philanthropic leaders. EPIP represents a group from which the next generation of philanthropic leadership will be drawn.” — Ralph Smith, Executive Vice President, Annie E. Casey Foundation 2) EPIP has expanded professional and leadership development opportunities for emerging practitioners. 60% of survey respondents believed that EPIP increased the opportunities for involvement in philanthropy for young or new foundation staff. Almost all (98%) believed that EPIP has been “somewhat to very effective” in increasing the presence and participation of new, emerging staff at philanthropy conferences and in increasing the number of […] Read more
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EPIP Provides Support and Opportunity for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

EPIP released the findings of it’s 2011 Impact Assessment, in conjunction with its 10th anniversary and national conference held in Philadelphia. Below we share 7 key findings about how EPIP has provided support, opportunity, and leadership development for emerging leaders in philanthropy. 1) Emerging leaders have benefited from EPIP’s efforts to connect new and experienced leaders in philanthropy. Almost all survey respondents (92%) reported that they have personally experienced EPIP’s efforts to facilitate generational change, primarily by participating in forums and events that bring together established and emerging leaders in philanthropy. Nick Scheibel explains the benefits of peer networking in EPIP 2) EPIP members value peer learning and networks gained through EPIP. Two-thirds (64%) of members surveyed reported that as a result of relationships they developed through EPIP, they are participating in new professional development activities. Half (50%–54%) have met people they can turn to for help in performing their jobs well and regarding being underrepresented in the field. “I’ve gotten to know so many different people in the field through EPIP. EPIP provides an amazing platform and network to new people in the field, irrespective of age.” — Rohit Burman, Director of the Culture and Public Broadcasting Program at the Metlife Foundation 3) EPIP supports leadership development early in careers. Many members interviewed described how EPIP provided unique venues to learn, practice, and advance their leadership early in their careers. This included opportunities to propose and lead sessions at conferences, plan events, serve on steering committees, and lead chapters. […] Read more
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Save the Date: Nonprofit Rockstar Tour Hits Seattle on June 2nd

We are excited to announce that EPIP Seattle is bringing Trista Harris, co-author of “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar” to Seattle for an exciting workshop on how to build your career path in the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector. Trista Harris is the Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, author of the blog “New Voices in Philanthropy” and Vice-Chair of the EPIP National board of advisors! Save the date for Thursday, June 2nd – more details to come! About the book: Do you feel stuck in your nonprofit career? Unsure how to take that next step? How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is an accessible, do-it-yourself map of how to navigate the nonprofit sector and gives you the tools that you need to move from entry level to leadership. This book is designed for professionals who want to build meaningful and rewarding nonprofit careers. How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is based on the authors’ experiences as well as interviews with nonprofit rockstars who have supercharged their careers. You’ll learn how to develop meaningful nonprofit experience, build a strong network, establish a strong personal brand, achieve the elusive work/life balance, and move on up in your career. Read more
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Upcoming Event: Social Enterprise- What Is It & What Does It Mean for Non-Profits?

Have you been hearing a lot about “social enterprise” lately, but are not really sure what it means? Do you want to find out how it relates to your work and how you can use it increase your positive impact? Social enterprise is a rapidly growing movement, combining business strategies with a purpose for social & environmental good. Get the inside scoop about the relationship between social enterprise, business, government and nonprofit sectors. Gain insights into ways the social enterprise model can impact your current organization, as well as its future direction. Speakers will share an insider’s perspective on this new area and provide advice on how you can tap into this growing field. Date: Tues, March 22, 2011Time: 6:15 – 8:15 PM(Networking begins at 6:00; Program begins at 6:15)Where: SF Friend Meetinghouse, 65 Ninth Street, San FranciscoBetween Market and Mission Streets, 1.5 blocks from the BART/MUNI Civic Center Station.   Fees:  YNPNsfba Members: $7;  EPIP Members: $7; Non-Members: $10FEATURED SPEAKERS will include: Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Commonwealth Club Antonio Aguilera, Board Chair, Social Enterprise Alliance SF Bay Chapter & Chief Social Enterprise Officer at CVE Gene Takagi, Nonprofit Attorney and author of www.nonprofitlawblog.com/ Registration is limited; Register here. Business casual attire and business cards are encouraged! Read more
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Job Opportunity: Program Associate, Jane’s Fund, The Russell Family Foundation

The Russell Family Foundation has re-opened our hiring process for the Program Associate with the Jane’s Fund Team. This position was originally announced in December and now is open from March 8, 2011 through April 11, 2011. Jane’s Fund supports grassroots leadership in Pierce County through a two-year fellowship program operated by the Foundation. This entry to mid-level position is both administrative and programmatic in nature and will play a vital role in the Jane’s Fund team. CLICK HERE for more information! An individual who exercises exceptional attention to detail, initiative and sound judgment… To join a small team of colleagues as the Program Associate for the Jane’s Fund Program… To serve as support for the program, providing excellent customer service to internal and external partners…. To work in a team-oriented environment as the administrative ‘glue’, while maintaining a sense of humility, humor and service… To pursue special assignments requiring curiosity, research, verbal & written communications, and critical thinking skills… With a work style consistent with collaboration, accountability and honoring diversity. This employment opportunity is with The Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, Washington, recognized in the Puget Sound region for: Its philanthropic grant programs supporting grassroots leadership, environmental sustainability and global peace. Practicing sustainable business principles including operating in a LEED certified green building and environmentally-focused investing. A unique organizational culture emphasizing exceptional team work. The pay range for this entry- to mid-level position is $35,000 – $50,000. Read more
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Job Opportunity: Program Manager, Communications & Corporate Services – Philanthropy NW

Philanthropy Northwest is now seeking qualified candidates for an important (and fun) job- Program Manager, Communications & Corporate Services. Please visit their Job Bank or homepage for an on-line version. The position is responsible for two key areas – communications and corporate services – with a primary focus on communications. This position is perfect for individuals with stellar communication (written, oral, electronic, social media) skills; success in event planning and project management; a responsible and professional work ethic; and enthusiasm for the mission of Philanthropy Northwest and philanthropic field in general. Cover letters and resumes will be accepted until March 18th, with the goal of having the staff member start by mid-May. Click here for more info! Read more
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EPIP National Conference Highlight: Learning Tours

Still trying to make the case to your employer about why you should attend EPIP’s 2011 National Conference? How about the chance to visit local non-profits in Philadelphia and to engage with local funders who are supporting their work? The conference will feature three learning tours – each described below! Farm to Families: Exploring the role of urban agriculture, food access, and social justice opportunity in North Philadelphia North Philadelphia is the second hungriest congressional district in the United States. The Farm to Families Tour will spotlight a set of multi-field partners organized to get affordable, healthy food from local farmers to families in this section of the city. Participants will learn about food access, nutrition programming, and policy work in Philadelphia, get details on the unique organizations collaborating to make Farm to Families happen, and learn about how one funder proactively structured the project to build strong working relationships among Farm to Families organizations. The tour will visit a local farm, a food packaging center, and distribution sites. Lunch will be prepared with food from Farm to Families farmers! This tour will engage and visit with: Greensgrow SHARE Food Program Farm to Families Initiative Why Youth Organizing Matters: How Youth Organizing can truly influence local policy and education reform The Youth Organizing Learning Tour brings together three of Philadelphia’s youth organizing groups from three different areas of the city: Philly Student Union, Youth United for Change, and Asian Americans United. Tour participants will learn about and have the opportunity […] Read more
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