Let's mix it up on Tuesday, June 25 at 5pm at The Escondite in downtown LA at our summer mixer with friends from Young Nonprofit Professionals Network!
All nonprofit and philanthropic friends are welcome to join at this FREE event.
Drinks available for purchase -- Escondite Happy Hour from 5-8pm ($5 craft beer; $4 canned beer; $4 single well cocktails; $4 red/white house wine; $3-5 appetizers)
Parking lot onsite and metered parking available in area.
Want to have lunch with Belen Vargas at Weingart Foundation? Us too!
Join EPIP LA on June 26 at their new DTLA office. We’ll discuss her career at Weingart Foundation and its commitment to diversity, equity, & inclusion across all aspects of the Foundation’s work, including grantmaking, investing, & hiring.
Lunch will be provided, just bring your questions!
Please plan to arrive at 11:45am so that you can check in at the front desk with your photo ID, make your way upstairs to Weingart Foundation's office, and get something to eat. We will begin the conversation promptly at 12:00pm.
This event is SOLD OUT. To join the waitlist, please email us.
Belen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Los Angeles. Belen began her professional career in nonprofit legal services in Los Angeles County focused on advocacy and policy matters related to women’s issues and school inclusion issues for children with disabilities. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Belen worked at Public Counsel on the Childcare Law Project, providing outreach and education for child care providers. Belen is a graduate of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways leadership program. She serves on the Center for Effective Philanthropy Advisory Board, the Delta Aeromexico Latino Outreach Leadership Advisory Board, and the California State University, Los Angeles President’s Council. Belen joined Weingart Foundation in 2000 as the Foundation’s first Program Associate. In 2008, Belen moved into a management role at the Foundation as Associate Vice President, Grant Operations. In 2017, she assumed the role of Senior Vice President.
Come to the second installment of our new EPIP DC Book Club. We will be reading books that challenge us as individuals and as professionals. Our hope is that through reading and discussion, we can foster a dynamic, thoughtful, and engaged community of EPIP DC members (and guests).
Our second selection is Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva. This book is a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance.
Ever read a book and wonder who can I call to discuss? Look no further EPIP Philly has a book club! Everyone now has a place to talk through philanthropic related reads.
Our summer read is White Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. This text explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.
We encourage you to dive into the text, read some articles about the book, and come curious and open to dialogue. As a start, might we suggest a short clip about Debunking the most common myths white people tell about race. While we prefer attendees to read the book prior to the discussion, all are welcome to attend and participate.
We look forward to seeing you in June!
Bread & Roses Community Fund organizes donors at all levels to support community-based groups in building movements for racial equity and economic opportunity. Bread & Roses Community Fund supports movements and their leaders through fundraising, grantmaking, capacity building, and convening.
Every 4th Tuesday of the month, different members of our EPIP St. Louis community will lead monthly discussion on a particular topic or article. Grab a friend, bring your lunch and come prepared to meet new people and discuss ways to move the sector forward. EPIP St. Louis will provide snacks and deserts.
Collective Impact Convening Teach-Back
July 23rd, 12:00 - 1:00 pm @ Incarnate Word Foundation
This month we are joined by Katie Kaufmann, Director of Ready by 21 St. Louis, & Rachel D'Souza Siebert, Founder & Principle of Gladiator Consulting. Katie & Rachel attended the 2019 Collective Impact Convening which brought "together funders, backbones, partners, and community members for cross-sector dialogue and peer learning to tackle complex issues in the collective impact field." Read about the Convening below and come hear about learnings we can apply to our St. Louis context:
"The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, invites you to attend the field’s premier annual collective impact convening on May 14-16, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. The 2019 Collective Impact Convening builds on the success of the 2018 convening in Austin that sold out in advance and attracted more than 700 funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact community partners.
Highlights of the 2019 Collective Impact Convening include:
- Plenary speakers Liz Dozier (Chicago Beyond), Efrain Gutierrez (Obama Foundation), Michael McAfee (PolicyLink), Michelle Morales (Mikva Challenge), john a. powell (UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society), Rye Young (Third Wave Fund), and Tiffany Yu (Diversability)
- Featured short talk speakers Maria del Socorro Pesqueira (Healthy Communities Foundation), Helene D. Gayle (Chicago Community Trust), Alicia Lara (United Way Worldwide), Rami Nashashibi (Inner-City Muslim Action Network), Nicholas Pearce (Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management), and Carmita Semaan(The Surge Institute)
- More than 40 how-to sessions, case study sessions, and tool sessions on topics such as community engagement, equity, leadership, use of data, sustainability, and systems change
- Local site visits to explore collaborative social change in action in Chicago
- Opportunity to interact with a diverse audience of funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact community partners from across the United States and around the world"
About the Facilitators:
Katie Kaufmann is the Director of Ready by 21 St. Louis, a collective impact initiative focused on aligning efforts and improving outcomes for children and youth across St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Katie is a product of public K-12 education and began her career as a middle school math teacher in St. Louis City. Prior to Ready by 21 St. Louis, Katie worked in the non-profit world looking at systemic issues of quality and access to opportunities. Katie earned her BA in American Studies and Math from Wells College in Aurora, NY and has certificates in 5-9 Math and Nonprofit Leadership and Management from UMSL. Katie is a wife and mother to a two-year-old and serves as an elected member of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board
Rachel D'Souza-Siebert, MPPA is at her best when she's reimagining, rebuilding and risk-taking. In 2008, Rachel left for-profit retail leadership for the nonprofit sector. She started her nonprofit career with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis and enhanced her skillset as the founding Director of Development at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. Rachel's ability to cultivate relationships, earn trust and drive results contributed to her success in her former roles. Rachel is a passionate advocate for collaboration, racial equity, justice philanthropy and community/ movement-centered fundraising. Since founding Gladiator Consulting in 2015, Rachel has worked with Funders, Executive Directors, Board Committees and Development staff of grassroots/grass-tops organizations to reimagine strategy, fund development and partnership for the unique challenges that face our community.
Rachel earned her BA with honors from Loyola University Chicago and then went on to complete a Master's Degree in Public Policy Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In 2012, the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Rachel with their inaugural Outstanding Young Professional Award. She is also proud alumna of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis Class 38. Rachel sits on the board of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and volunteers with American Heart Association, City Garden Montessori School, and the Community Builders Network. Rachel lives in the Shaw neighborhood with her husband, two young children (who always keep her on her toes!) and a Westie named Mowgli.
Do you want to improve your financial planning, but don’t know where to start? Want tips on how to manage debt, grow your money now, and plan for the future? Join us for an interactive evening with financial advisor Arianne Neumark to get your financial questions answered. We will cover topics such as: best practices for saving/investing, choosing 401K/IRA/Roth accounts, building credit/debt management, tips for working with a financial manager, wills vs. trusts, and anything else you want to know about!
Arianne Neumark is a Certified Financial Planner and a Wealth Manager at Silver Oak Wealth Advisors. Arianne was previously based in Milan, Italy for 20+ years where she worked for several different types of financial and investment firms. She received her BS from UC San Diego in Management Science, her MBA from the Bocconi University in Milan, and a certificate in Personal Financial Planning at UCLA Extension. Since returning to the US in 2013, Arianne has dedicated significant personal time to volunteering and philanthropy. She has tutored homeless children with School on Wheels, receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award; is a member of the Everychild Foundation, a women's giving circle focused on improving children’s lives in LA; and also serves on the board of The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
Dinner will be served. Also, validated parking will be available, though we strongly encourage carpooling/public transportation.