Apr 1, 2009

Seattle EPIP Asks: What's Your Advice for Emerging Leaders?

Participants at EPIP Seattle's first Philanthropology(c) workshop asked our panelists what their advice was for emerging leaders in the field. Here's what they had to say!
  • Get involved in a nonprofit organization and help them to write grants. It helps keep you critical of your own process, while you're going through theirs.
  • Always look for ways to get people involved in your organization.
  • Take every chance to raise your own profile and keep up with educational opportunities.
  • Choose your battles wisely.
  • Keep in mind the power differentials in philanthropy. Both grantseekers and grantmakers are nervous!
  • Go beyond the role of a Program Officer. "Lead from the back"- think about other ways that we can be helpful, try to open gates for other people. What resources do you have (beyond funding) that you can offer people?

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