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Mad Hatters Network Convening

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA
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Working in a small foundation often requires that we wear many hats—taking on multiple roles. And when questions arise, there is often nobody around to ask: Is my foundation affected by the new healthcare laws? What are the new payroll laws for 2014? Should I use a formal grants database? How do I create a new website?

We juggle many responsibilities—from human resources, to bookkeeping, to grants management, to websites and social media, to retirement plans and board dockets. It takes a certain determination and unique skill set to be successful at wearing multiple hats. We often have conflicting deadlines—the budget is due, the board meeting is tomorrow, and the audit is next week.  Not to mention administrative emergencies like the computer crashes and we don’t know an IT professional to call. If you can relate, you are not alone the vast majority of American foundations are small-staffed organizations.

Please join your peers Linda Moll, Business and Grants Manager, Rosenberg Foundation and Lisa Kawahara, Grants Administrator, Friedman Family Foundation for the third Mad Hatters Network convening of the year. Designed for staff of small foundations who wear multiple operational hats, The Mad Hatters Network is an informal gathering offering peer-to-peer support.  Please feel free to forward this invitation to foundation staff in your network who may find this program of interest.

Please Join Us To

  • Bring any issues or questions you would like to share, solicit feedback from your colleagues, and leverage your resources
  • Bring your knowledge, your desire to network, eat, and talk with peers in the San Francisco Bay area to share best practices and tips for being successful in the operational, grants management and programmatic aspects of your work and to manage your workload.

Target Audience

This program is open to trustees and staff of small foundations and NCG’s Family Philanthropy Exchange members.

Registration and more information:

Register now, space is very limited.  There is no charge to attend the event.  If you have questions please contact, NCG Program Specialist Angela Jones at ajones [at] ncg [dot] org or 415-777-4111, ext. 15.

About the Mad Hatters Network Series

The network’s title was inspired by the “Mad Hatter” character in Alice in Wonderland.  When Lewis Carroll created the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, he drew on a common occurrence of his day, the mid-1800s. Hatmakers often did act loopy, trembling and sputtering and being excessively shy one moment and highly irritable the next. But Carroll might not have known that their “madness” was caused by exposure to mercury, which was part of the mixture they used to felt the furs their hats were made of.   For hatmakers their conditions because an occupational hazard.  For small Foundations isolation can be a threat to effectiveness for staff.

“Mad hatter’s syndrome” still occurs today, often in modelmakers or other hobbyists who heat up metals that contain mercury, often in poorly ventilated areas. Fortunately, this form of mercury does not accumulate in the body; if exposure ends before the nervous system suffers permanent damage; the symptoms it causes are completely reversible. Had the Mad Hatter stopped making felt hats, he might eventually have regained his senses—but lost his place in literature.
The goal of the Mad Hatters in network is too create a safe and positive space through regular convening where members can come together and learn from each other in order to enhance efficiency. The focus of the lunch meetings is educational, and includes topics such as good practices for grants management, site visits, best practices for working with consults, and social marketing and management techniques, and more.

To learn more about the series contact NCG Program Specialist Angela Jones at 415.777.4111 ext. 15 or at ajones [at] ncg [dot] org.