Calendar of Events


Inland Empire Learning Tour

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

Where: Ontario
When: September 13th and 14th, 2011
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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