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Tools to Advocate for Support from your Employer to Attend EPIP Conference 2016


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A set of tools to help you garner financial support from your employer to be able to attend the EPIP 2016 National Conference in Baltimore - September 13 to 15, 2016.

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Tools to Advocate for Support from your Employer to Attend EPIP Conference 2016

  2. 2. WHY WE DEVELOPED THIS TOOLKIT Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a project of Tides Center, aims to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. And in keeping with our mission of supporting emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs, we felt it important to pool together some resources that could be beneficial for professionals like you who may be new to philanthropy and in search of external support for your career growth and development. For starters, we understand that while many would like to attend EPIP’s national conference (September 13-15, Baltimore, MD), not all individuals receive comparable levels of support at their respective institutions when it comes to professional development funds. So, we hope that you find the toolkit helpful, as you begin to develop and craft your self-advocacy strategy and start the difficult but necessary conversations to elevate your voice in philanthropy. Lastly, we recognize that this toolkit does not have all the answers, but we invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions, once you have had the opportunity to dive in. You can reach us via email at 2 INTRODUCTION
  3. 3. EPIP’S NATIONAL CONFERENCE IS… • Explicitly focused on developing emerging leaders who are better equipped to advance social justice and racial equity through philanthropy • The only forum that provides safe spaces for emerging leaders to connect with one another, learn, and practice leadership. • A resource to participants’ institutions. Ninety-five percent of past EPIP conference attendees agreed or strongly agreed that the last EPIP Conference provided them with value not found at other philanthropy conferences, including new tools, skills and relationships they can bring “back home” to better advance their organization’s mission. • An opportunity to network with peers – both emerging leaders and seasoned practitioners – and to share your institution’s work with a broader community. • An opportunity to add new skills and expand your knowledge base on an array of cross-cutting issues. • Practical, but with plenty of room for fun and energizing conversations. 3 ELEVATE: OURSELVES, OUR WORK, OUR WORLD
  4. 4. GENERAL STRATEGIES FOR MAKING THE CASE 4 • Schedule a meeting with your employer or supervisor, so that you have adequate time to discuss the value of attending the EPIP conference and make the case for institutional support. If you have regular check-ins, add the conference or professional development more broadly as an agenda item. • Prepare key bullet points or messages that briefly communicate your rationale for participating in the conference. In your framing, you might want to consider addressing how your participation is linked to your employer’s own interests and goals. You can use the points in slide 3 to support you. • Be prepared to offer a plan that outlines your commitment for bringing back what you learn in support of the broader organization. This could include, for example, hosting a brown bag for colleagues or writing a post on your internal blog. • Identify sympathetic colleagues who could advocate for you and your peers. Depending on your organization, a broader case may be easier to support than a request that could come off as asking for special treatment. • Know what if anything you’re willing to contribute. If you are willing to cover up to a certain amount of the cost yourself, know what that number is going in. If not, be prepared to say so as well. CRAFT YOUR PITCH
  5. 5. TIPS FOR RESPONDING TO “NO” 5 COMMON RESPONSES AND FAQS While many members have had success getting support for attending past EPIP conferences, not all receive positive responses from their employers. Here are some examples of difficult responses and our tips on how to respond: • We didn’t allocate funds in our budget for professional development this year. EPIP’s conference falls well below the average for similar conferences ($475 for individual members, $425 for institutional members). Hotel costs are also relatively inexpensive at $159/night. If that is still cost-prohibitive, I would love for us to plan for it next year. • You have plenty of resources within the organization for learning. This is about more than my personal learning -- it’s also about bringing new relationships and tools back to our organization. Many of EPIP’s institutional members look to EPIP’s conference and related programming for just this purpose. • You attended last year. How will this year’s convening be any different? This year’s conference takes on a set of issues that are central to our work. See here for a list of conference tracks
  6. 6. RECOMMENDED READING *Are You Asking for Professional Development Training the Right Way? For a three-step process that may increase your chances of getting company-paid training targeted to your professional goals. *Coffee Talk: Creating a Personal Leadership Development Plan For tips on crafting a personal leadership development plan, or a compass for your personal growth and learning. This may not help you get your employer to send you to EPIP’s conference, but it could help set you up for future negotiations. 6 OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
  7. 7. ADDITIONAL EPIP RESOURCES AND WEBINARS *Negotiating for Yourself and Your Organization For insights to help you in your next negotiation, whether you’re advocating for yourself or your organization. *Developing Your Career Narrative For tips on developing your career narrative, to help expand your network, find jobs, and apply to graduate school. *10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Social Media media For insights on how and why to use social media for professional development. Dig into several case studies that demonstrate how the social sector is using social media to make real change using digital tools. 7 FOR EPIP MEMBERS