Aims to recognize rising stars and help modernize the foundation field
NEW YORK, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), the national network devoted to developing extraordinary new leaders in philanthropic foundations, will hold its 2012 National Conference in Los Angeles from April 26-28.
The conference will be headlined by Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder and President of the new Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth and inspiring bravery; and actress and activist Maria Bello, Co-Founder of We Advance, a group focusing on the health, safety, and well being of women throughout Haiti.
The animating theme this year is "Generating Change: Investing in Generations of Talent for Foundations and the Social Sector." The conference will explore how funders can better support the professional growth and economic security of nonprofit employees, leaders and volunteers in a high-energy, spirited environment, focusing on cutting-edge content, and embracing a diversity rarely seen in the often stuffy, heady gatherings of foundation professionals.
Too few foundations devote resources to helping members of their staffs to develop as future leaders in the world of nonprofits. EPIP's gathering will provide orientation for newcomers of all ages to the industry and foster debate over how philanthropic institutions can better solicit and cultivate new talent and perspectives. In addition, the conference benefits mid-level practitioners by providing valuable opportunities to share their knowledge and experience in the field through moderation of panel discussions and participation in informal mentorships.
The conference will convene over three hundred emerging leaders representing foundations devoted to a wide range of causes, including combating human trafficking, promoting animal welfare, and providing disaster relief. These individuals collectively manage resources in the billions. The gathering will connect their innovative new ideas with the experience of senior executives in the foundation world.
Frank dialogue on philanthropy's challenges in the 21st century will be encouraged, with an eye toward helping these budding professionals become more confident and productive contributors to their institutions. Included among the multitude of topics covered are:
- Increasing racial diversity in philanthropic institutions
- Navigating power dynamics within foundations
- Getting ideas heard in the workplace
- Positioning one's self for a senior leadership role
- Celebrity philanthropy
Sessions will focus on organized philanthropy's origins and the ecosystem of the field today. Participants can sign up for one of three "social justice learning tours": on the Port of LA's landmark labor and environmental standards, combating youth homelessness, and supporting the growth of local nonprofit leaders. And finally, career coaching will be offered throughout the conference.
EMERGING PRACTITIONERS IN PHILANTHROPY (EPIP) is a national membership network by and for emerging grantmakers who are united by a shared vision of all generations in philanthropy collaborating effectively to build better foundations for a better world. Its staff and Board are composed of young people, and its eleven regional chapters are run by member volunteers.
CONTACT: Rebecca Schumer, Deputy Director, EPIP, +1-212-584-8249, Cell phone: +1-617-817-7841, [email protected]
SOURCE Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy