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EPIP: Are You A Specialist or Generalist…And What Does That Mean for Your Career

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Program Description:

Are you a generalist? Are you a specialist? Both? Neither? Is there a growing trend of philanthropy favoring one over the other? Are there crucial lessons we can learn from both generalists and specialists? Come learn what these terms mean for you at your current job, your future job, as a member of the philanthropic sector, the way you approach problems, and how you serve marginalized communities. Christine Reeves, senior field associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), will lead an interactive discussion on her latest article, “Specialist or Generalist: A False Dichotomy.” She will also connect the specialist-generalist conversation with NCRP’s latest work: (1) four fact sheets on high-impact and social justice grantmaking, (2) summary and chart of lessons learned after a 3-year, multi-state series of research reports, and (3) why 135 foundations have joined Philanthropy’s Promise. Come with questions and ideas!

Presenter Bio:

Christine Reeves is the Senior Field Associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) in Washington, DC. For 37 years, NCRP has served as the nation's only watchdog organization for grantmaking foundations in the US. NCRP produces best practices research, studies, and initiatives that help funders better serve marginalized communities with high-impact, socially just strategies. Christine works in the field department, promoting this work and giving interactive presentations to funders at conferences and events across the country. Christine also serves as Vice Chair of Washington, DC chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), and she served a one-year term as a grantmaker for the Funding Exchange Network. Christine is a blog contributor for Keeping A Close Eye, and she is a published author in, Responsive Philanthropy. She earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy, where she wrote her Master's Project, "Major Trends of International Grant-Making Foundations," for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, Christine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University, where she earned majors in Political Science and History and a minor in Environmental Studies.

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  • Amanda B.

    Hello! I thoroughly enjoyed the meet up. It was a great chance to meet like-minded folks in both an educational and social way. If anyone is interested in continuing the conversation about our emerging careers, I'd love to meet up again! [masked]

    February 4, 2013

    • Matt M.

      Hi Amanda, I'll send you an email soon, was just researching Spark!

      February 4, 2013

    • Amanda B.

      That's great Matt. Can't wait to receive your email. -Amanda

      February 4, 2013

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    A former member

    Very well organized event!

    January 29, 2013

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