A New National Holiday to Undo Nonprofit Power Dynamics

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Northern California Grantmakers, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, the Foundation Center, the Whitman Institute and YCore are celebrating a new national holiday on June 21st. This new national holiday is the brainchild of Vu Le, author of the blog Nonprofit AF, who envisions it as a day “for nonprofit professionals, foundation staff, and board members and trustees to get together without an agenda, to break down power imbalance and strengthen relationships in our sector”.

Our impact as a social sector is built on trust and relationships, so let’s come together to get to know one another. As Vu envisions, the event will be a “no pitch zone” – light on program and heavy on community building.

Read John Esterle's take on the event below.

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The Whitman Institute is all for undoing power dynamics and strengthening relationships within our sector and think Vu’s idea of practitioners, funders, and trustees getting together over drinks without an agenda is a great way for helping us all move in that direction.  Our field needs more unstructured and fun opportunities for all of us working in different capacities to get to know each other and connect around shared values, which is why we are more than happy to co-host this year’s local GBUNPD event.

Hope to see you there, 
John Esterle, Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute