Calendar of Events


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 

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 AreaYoung 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.


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.

Ray Bramson, Julie Hopper, and Tiffany Kane, of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation,
discuss the the three I’s of power dynamics: individual, institution, and inter-connection.

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 heard, and be transparent and accountable, but acknowledge that it’s not equal.” Once you do that, he continued, the question becomes: “How do I exercise this power and responsibility in an accountable and responsible way?” In closing, he left us with: “Be as respectful as you can, but own your power.”

Everyone who is in the social sector is here for the same reason: we want the world to be a better place. How we achieve that goal is different, but we must embody our roles and exert ourselves within them to be effective ambassadors of social change.

One of the things that I love the most about EPIP is the ability to engage with people who share similar goals, both for the world and for our sector. This day-long experience with 20 other individuals was a true demonstration of EPIP’s ability to pull people together to engage in honest conversation about difficult topics. I had the chance to fall in love with EPIP and my local peers all over again as we spent the whole day doing just thing. Other Philanthropology™ modules will be available in the Bay Area and I urge you to attend. The modules provide a phenomenal opportunity to step outside of your work and think about how to be our best selves as we accomplish our goals.

Attendees of the November 4th Philanthropology™ 3.0: Power Dynamics Module
hosted by EPIP and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

- Kate Seely
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy | Chapter Support |


Upcoming Event: Philanthropology™ 3.0 Power Dynamics

EPIP Bay Area is excited to be partnering with EPIP National and Silicon Valley Community Foundation to present this upcoming program next week on November 4 2011.

We hope you and your colleagues will join us!

For more information or to register, please click HERE.


6 Ways to Rock Your Career Event Rocks!

On October 12th, popular author and speaker Trista Harris joined the Bay Area chapter at the Hub San Francisco for an engaging talk about her book, “How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career.” 

Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Trista is Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, author of the blog New Voices of Philanthropy, chair of the EPIP National Advisory Committee and a passionate advocate for next generation issues in philanthropy and nonprofits.

Trista’s presentation was thoughtful, funny and heartfelt as she spoke about the challenges of balancing work and family life, taking advantage of career opportunities you’re not always sure you’re ready for and building a personal brand. Trista had great tips for attendees such as creating personal business cards and scheduling time to network before you even arrive at conferences to help build relationships and create your next opportunity.

There was time for attendees to catch up with colleagues and make new connections at the reception before and after the presentation (as well as have their books signed)! A special thank you to Trista Harris for sharing with us her stories and wisdom.

Job Opportunity: International Forum on Globalization

IFG is currently hiring:
Communications and Office Manager


Upcoming Event: "6 Ways to Rock Your Career" with Author Trista Harris

"6 Ways to Rock Your Career" with Author Trista Harris

October 12, 6:30 - 9 pm
Reception to follow
Hub San Francisco
901 Mission Street, Suite 105, San Francisco

Tickets available via Eventbrite

  • $15 EPIP Members (includes free copy of book "How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career") 

  • $20 Non-members 
  • $10 Non-member pre-purchase of book
EPIP Bay Area is excited to bring Trista Harris, co-author of "How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career" to San Francisco for a dynamic workshop on building your professional development pathway and goals to achieve the career of your dreams!

About the Workshop:

There’s no better time like the present to make progress on your career goals. In this information-packed workshop, you will learn six ways to advance your career, including expert tips on how to:
  • develop expertise
  • build a strong network
  • establish a great personal brand
  • practice authentic leadership
  • plan for balance
  • move on up
 About Trista Harris:
Founder of EPIP Minnesota and Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Trista is a leading voice for Generations X and Y, and seeks to create professional development opportunities throughout the sector. She has been featured on CNN and her work has been covered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the New York Times, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Career Builder, and numerous social sector blogs. She writes about generational change in the foundation field in her blog, New Voices of Philanthropy and is an international speaker on working across generations to create social change. Trista is also the Vice-Chair of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Board of Advisors.

About the Book:
Top nonprofit bloggers Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris have co-authored the first book of its kind to offer career advice beyond just getting your foot in the door of a nonprofit organization. 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.


Inland Empire Learning Tour

Inside the Inland Empire: A Case Study in Cross-Issue Grantmaking

Where: Ontario
When: September 13th and 14th, 2011
For more information, visit

Join the Neighborhood Funders Group's Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships and the Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR) as we explore the connection of our issues and grantmaking to improve the working, living and community conditions in two counties that are a microcosm of the issues that the US is struggling with today.

This Learning Tour will include: panel discussions with local and national activists leaders and organizers demanding and making change in the Inland Empire; academics who study the issues occurring in these communities.

Job Opportunity: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is currently hiring:


Upcoming Event: IDEX Happy Hour, August 24th

The IDEX Young Professionals Group (YPG) is made up of passionate individuals dedicated to grassroots poverty alleviation and social justice in developing countries and raising awareness and funds for community based organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. YPG is looking to welcome new members to the YPG team and help support our Grassroutes bike trek in September. Members from the YPG team there to answer questions about how to can get involved and guest bartenders will be on-hand to help raise funds to support the Grassroutes riders, treking 500 miles by bike to raise funds for IDEX’s work around the globe.

When: Wednesday August 24, 7-10 p.m.
Who: Open to everyone
What: Learn more about how you can get involved with IDEX and mingle with other like-minded professionals in the international development, environmental and social entrepreneurship fields.
Where: Hobson’s Choice Victorian Punch House, 1601 Haight St. (at
Clayton St.), San Francisco, CA 94117

IDEX is the San Francisco based non-profit that promotes sustainable solutions to poverty by providing long-term grants and access to resources to grassroots organizations in Guatemala, Mexico, India, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe — locally led initiatives that are empowering women, building local economies, and working on food security, environmental justice, microcredit, and sustainable agriculture.

Job Opportunities

International Development Exchange (IDEX) is hiring:
Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

Harvard University, San Francisco Development Office is hiring:
Staff Assistant, FAS West Coast Development , Job #24541BR

Teen Success is hiring:
Program Manager
This newly-established non-profit is looking for a Program Manager to oversee the training and implementation of new support groups for teen mothers throughout California. Interested candidates should sent a resume and cover letter to


Reflections on The REAL Job Search Workshop

Trying to decipher your career path is tough in a field where professional growth is often shrouded in mystery. After a venting session about following all the rules and still not finding a job, fellow EPIP steering committee member Tiauna George and I decided to learn the secrets to getting noticed.

We organized a workshop on August 3, 2011 called, "The Real Job Search" hosted at the James Irvine Foundation office in San Francisco. In an attempt to uncover all the secrets to getting a great job, Tiauna and I incorporated professional advice from Dalya Massachi as well as peer advice from current and former EPIP steering committee members Angie Chen, Phuong Quach and Adam Badwound.

In the first part of the workshop, we invited Dalya Massachi, author or "Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact" to discuss tips on the key pieces of a job search: A cover letter and resume. She explained that these key pieces are often like a well wrapped present, with the cover letter as the wrapping and the resume as the gift or content. In the same way a thoughtful gift takes into consideration the recipient's interests and needs, a well written letter and resume entice a hiring manager because they are geared specifically to the job and organization under consideration. Dalya's advice helped me get an interview for a great position!

 In part two of the workshop, Angie Chen, Phuong Quach and Adam Badwound shared their secrets as peers to getting great jobs in philanthropy and development in the Bay Area. Among the many pieces of sage advice, the three panelists agreed that networking (in all the various forms) is key to finding and considering great opportunities. The panelists seemed to share an uncanny ability to talk to anyone, and attributed their networking skills to making formal and informal connections across sectors. Not surprisingly, our panelists sited EPIP as a viable way to meet new people and establish relationships! Angie, Phuong and Adam also relied on mentors to help them navigate their respective job searches. Building genuine relationships positioned our panelists to navigate the mysteries of job searching.   

Tiauna and I were excited to meet over 30 participants in our workshop last week. This demonstrates a great need for connection and resources about what it means to grow as new professionals. Thank you to everyone who attended!

-Abby Nathanson    


Upcoming Event: Lunch and Learn, “The Shared Gifting Model”

EPIP Lunch & Learn: “The Shared Gifting Model”

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

RSF Social Finance
1002 O’Reilly Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you turned grantees into grantors?  What would happen if you empowered your grantees to allocate funding to their peers through a gifting model? 

RSF Social Finance held the first Shared Gifting convening in the Bay Area with local San Francisco Food and Agricultural nonprofits to ask the question: how can gift money be used to foster community and collaboration? Join us for a lunch discussion to find out what they learned from this experience and explore how foundations can leverage funding to build grantee communities and increase impact.

Featured speaker: Kelley Buhles, Program Manager, Philanthropic Services, RSF Social Finance

Kelley Buhles has worked in Philanthropic Services at RSF Social Finance since 2005. RSF Social Finance is non-profit financial services organization committed to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of donors and investors, RSF offers investing, lending and giving services and fosters spirited conversations about the role our monetary system should play in the development of humanity. At RSF Kelley manages the Philanthropic Services department which includes Donor Advised Funds and grant making programs. Previously she served as the Vice President of the board of the Haight Ashbury Food Program, acted as coordinator for the Bay Area Fair Trade Coalition, and directed an interactive art theme camp at Burning Man. She graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Anthropology.

RSVP at by August 19. Space is limited and preference will be given to current EPIP members.

Lunch will be provided. Group transportation details to RSF will be given when you RSVP.


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 about the food and history of Pause while we sipped our wine. The bartender was so knowledgeable about the wine that a few of us just let him choose our drinks- and we were glad we did. It was such a treat to be able to mingle with folks while tasting such amazing wine! The entire day was a blast and several chapter members mentioned wishing they could have been able to volunteer. Stay tuned-- there may be more events like this in the future!


Upcoming Event: Career Exploration Workshop

The Real Job Search  
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Refreshments provided. Happy hour to follow, location TBD.

James Irvine Foundation
575 Market Street, Suite 3400
San Francisco, CA 94105

Trying to decipher your career path? Following all the rules but still not getting the position you want? Thinking of making a move to a different sector in order to further your career?
Join us for a two part career exploration workshop!
4-5 pm: In the first part of our workshop, our guest speaker Dalya Massachi will discuss the DO's and DON'T's of pulling together the key pieces of your job search tools (resume and cover letter) to establish your position as a candidate worth interviewing. And you will leave with a handy tip sheet!
5-6 pm: In the second part of our workshop, EPIP exemplars Angie Chen, Adam Badwound and Phuong Quach will answer the question, "How did you get that job?!" Each panelist will share their experiences and advice about how they made a career leap and took their careers to the next level, either by obtaining a higher title, changing sectors or seeking a new organization.

About our speaker:
Dalya Massachi specializes in helping nonprofit professionals advance their missions through outstanding fundraising and marketing materials – online and offline.  A lifelong writer, Dalya’s first letter to the editor was published in her hometown newspaper before she was even a teenager.

For nearly 20 years, Dalya has worked professionally with community-oriented organizations as a trainer, writing coach, grantwriter, journalist, and organizer. She has crafted countless successful marketing pieces, grant proposals, and news articles, and currently pens "The Writer's Block" column on (the national job website and career development destination focused exclusively on the nonprofit community). From 2000-2004, Dalya served as Founding Director of BAIDO: Bay Area International Development Organizations. She holds an M.A. in Communication & International Development and a B.A. in International Studies. 
Dalya’s award-winning book, entitled "Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact,” will be available at a special discount at the event (she’ll also sign your copy)! Her website and free e-newsletter are at:

About our panelists:
Angie Chen, Program Officer, S. D. Bechtel, Jr Foundation
Adam Badwound, Major Gifts Associate, California Academy of Sciences 
Phuong Quach, Public Information Coordinator at Blue Shield of California Foundation 
*All panelists currently serve or have served on the EPIP steering committee.  

Please RSVP to


Upcoming Event: Hayes Valley Farm and Sustainable Agriculture

Hayes Valley Farm, Tour and Volunteering Opportunity
450 Laguna Street, at Fell
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
3:30 – 5pm

Followed by…
Sustainable Wine Tasting at Pause Wine Bar
1666 Market Street, in Hayes Valley
5pm – 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
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 trees and where old highway on and off ramps once stood, community organizers are building on a vision, an urban garden they call the Hayes Valley Farm."   — CBS 5 News

Please RSVP to and specify whether you’ll be attending the Volunteer event, the happy hour, or both.

Job Opportunity: Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Family Foundation is currently hiring for two positions:

Job Opportunity: Packard Foundation

Packard Foundation is currently hiring:


Job Opportunity: Firelight Foundation

Firelight Foundation is currently hiring:
Development Officer

Upcoming Event: Philanthropy Consulting

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
James Irvine Foundation Conference Center at the East Bay Community Foundation
353 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612

(Refreshments provided)

Join Lucy Bernholz, Eugene Eric Kim, and Don Lauro in an engaging dialogue about their careers as consultants, work-life balance, and trends and projections for consultants working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

About our speakers:

  • Lucy Bernholz is the founder of Blueprint Research + Design, which is now part of Arabella Advisors, where she will serve as their Managing Director and serve as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
  • Eugene Eric Kim is cofounder and principal of Blue Oxen Associates, who develop collaborative strategies, focusing especially on inter-organizational collaboration and collaborative learning.
  • Don Lauro has since 2008 been transitioning from a career in philanthropy and international health programs to a more balanced life as part-time consultant and full(er) time human being.
Please RSVP to if you will be attending.