San Diego Chapter


In 2008, EPIP San Diego was formally recognized as the 7th chapter of the national EPIP network. Since then, EPIP SD has been the meeting place for members of our community to come together in a network of collegiality, peer support, learning and a lot of fun!

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EPIP San Diego Chapter News

New San Diego Giving Circle Awards Grant to Immigrant Rights Network

Posted on November 15, 2018

The EPIP-SD Giving Circle, formed in March 2018, is excited to announce its first grant to San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN). Our Giving Circle was designed to bring together emerging social change leaders interested in personally supporting San Diego nonprofits that are working toward equity and social justice in the region. 


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Nutrition Policy Advocate (CFPA)

Posted on February 12, 2018

California Food Policy Advocates -

Southern CA  (Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside/San Bernardino, or San Diego)

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EPIP San Diego | Reflections on - The Next Frontier in Social Impact Measurement Isn't Measurement at All

Posted on December 19, 2016
Reflections from local steering committee chair James Halliday's moderation of an EPIP WednesdayWebinar.


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How To Turn Volunteers Into Donors And Get Your Board To Give – The Case And Process For Making An Ask

Posted on November 18, 2014
This guest post was authored by Ryan Ginard. Ryan is a Steering Committee member of the San Diego Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and will be talking about civic technology in philanthropy at the 2015 SXSW Conference in Austin. It is widely agreed that modern philanthropy is comprised of an individuals time, talent and treasure. What has not yet been agreed to however is how the non-financial measures of this equation are calculated and how those skills are cultivated to either maximize their ongoing impact or get to a point where those volunteers become regular financial donors. How can we identify and develop talent concurrently with their propensity to give? When should we ask volunteers to give and how much should we ask for? And one of the most painful recurring questions for nonprofits, how do we get our board members to give? Answers lie in the ability to track each step in someone’s civic evolution placed against a corresponding set of measures identifying the differing levels of participation. There are five steps to becoming a civic leader; 1. Learn – Attend meetings, get connected. 2. Support – Volunteer for a cause or organization. 3. Influence – Share your passion with personal networks to create more awareness for the cause and recruit new supporters. 4. Give – Give financially to your cause. 5. Lead – Organize a community movement or project. The different needs of nonprofits necessitate a flexible scale to guide this “evolution” and calculate any eventual financial ask. Understanding […]
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HR and Organizational Influence: The Opportunity to Attract New Talent

Posted on August 25, 2014
This post was authored by Steering Committee member Ryan Ginard. Ryan works for The San Diego Foundation, where he builds capacity for the Malin Burnham San Diego Center for Civic Engagement through the Civic Leadership Fund. In a recent survey of 260 nonprofits, nearly half of the human resource executive staff reported an increase in their overall organizational influence – predominantly through more recognition by top-level executives that HR plays an integral role in executing an organizations mission. This represents a big opportunity for nonprofits and both public and private foundations to increase their capacity, be more impactful and achieve their goals through the identification and development of talented staff. As the interpretation of social justice moves away from its previous connotation of transferring wealth to one of building social infrastructure to help all members of society reach their potential, we are also seeing a parallel shift from purely program-based philanthropy to a campaign-like approach where engaging and building nontraditional constituencies and developing cross sector partnerships are the key to delivering tangible outcomes to those they seek to serve. The study, which was undertaken by the consultancy Nonprofit HR, reveals a renewed acknowledgement of HR’s role in achieving organizational success and on further reflection, its ability to equip organizations with new talent that will be able to adapt to the rapidly changing philanthropic sector. But where does HR find and how does it attract this new generation of nonprofit game changers? The great news is you don’t have to look […]
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The Groundbreaking: A Celebration of San Diego’s Philanthropic Community

Posted on September 02, 2013
Hosted by EPIP San Diego & San Diego Grantmakers October 29, 2013 5:00pm – Leader Salon (Free for EPIP Members; $10 for non-EPIP Members) 6:00pm – Reception (Free to All) RSVP here The San Diego Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) invite you to a cross-generational learning and networking event to kick off “Building Philanthropy: Reaching New Heights,” the title of this year’s SDG Annual Conference.
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EPIP San Diego – Communicating with Authenticity

Posted on August 18, 2013
EPIP San Diego held a workshop on Communicating with Authenticity, learning to structure conversations to build mutual inquiry, understanding, and trust that help generate more effective collaboration and action. Participants from around the San Diego community learned how to make specific communication choices – speaking, questions, listening, silence, reflection – that build the relationships to increase organizational, community, and social change impact. Following the dynamic workshop, participants responded that they now understand the responsibilities to “think clearly about what one wants to promote, prevent” in dialogue. That we should “respect our audience, listen, inquire, be curious.” Stop, listen, reframe or inquire. Create new pathways to connect the dots. Keep in mind difference between intention and impact. Be intentional about space for inviting and giving feedback. Ask questions that inspire new ways of thinking. Inquire for the sake of furthering dialogue and responding to previous questions. Next time you’re engaging in conversation, make it meaningful and constructive by being present and leaning in. Connect, engage, and give back.
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EPIP San Diego's May Happy Hour

Posted on April 30, 2013
EPIP San Diego is taking happy hour to the beach! Thursday, May 2, 6:00 p.m. JRDN at Tower 23 723 Felspar Street, San Diego, CA 92109 Don’t miss this monthly gathering of San Diego’s emerging leaders in philanthropy.
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Special EPIP San Diego Program: Communicate with Authenticity

Posted on April 30, 2013
Special Program for EPIP Members! See. Hear. Speak: Communicating with Authenticity Friday, June 28 10:30 AM – Saturday, June 29 1:00 PM The San Diego Foundation 2508 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 Most people perceive communication as a means for transmitting information, but it is so much more than a simple exchange of knowledge. Communicating with authenticity generates opportunities to transform relationships and paves the way to creating intentional spaces for learning and discovery. In this two-day workshop, Meenakshi Chakraverti of Public Conversations Project will help us explore the art of dialogue and lead us through experiential learning activities. Learn more…
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