About this event
As funders, we know that the past two years have called upon our nonprofit partners to fill gaps in our current systems and support community like never before. We also know it is more important than ever to retain strong nonprofit leaders, especially BIPOC leaders who are being called upon in unprecedented ways to respond to our current moment. So what does a sustainable future of nonprofit leadership look like, and how can funders contribute to long-term change in the sector? How can we all unlearn messages around efficiency rooted in capitalism and white supremacy, and instead embrace our humanity and rest?
Join Philanthropy Northwest for a conversation about the importance of paid sabbaticals for BIPOC nonprofit leaders. The leaders of the BIPOC ED Coalition, a group of 200+ BIPOC-led nonprofits across Washington State, will share their expertise around this issue including what the research tells us, the experience of nonprofit leaders who have taken sabbaticals, how to design a well-planned and intentional sabbatical program, and why this is such a critical issue for both nonprofits and for philanthropy. You will also have the opportunity to hear about funders who are leading in this emergent space, and why investment in sabbaticals is a key part of their sustainability and equity strategies.
Jodi Nishioka, Executive Director, Communities Rise
Jodi Nishioka (she/her) has worked for over 25 years on behalf of low-income communities, particularly women, children and immigrant/refugee communities. She started her career as an attorney advocating for immigrant domestic violence survivors and single mothers fighting for child support in legal aid organizations in Boston and Honolulu. Jodi continued her work on behalf of women and children within state and city governments in Hawai'i and Seattle and later with grassroots nonprofit organizations. Jodi enjoys her work because it combines her legal skills with her dedication to building power in communities of color and low-income communities. Jodi is also on the board of directors of JustLead Washington.
Victoria Santos, Director of Strategic Development and Wellness Initiatives, BIPOC ED Coalition of Washington State
Victoria is guided by her commitment to restoring balance. This driving force has led her to work as a facilitator, trainer, community organizer, leadership coach and nonprofit leader. Drawing on her lived experience, education and training, she works to advance racial healing and social justice in communities, organizations, institutions and schools in the United States and internationally.
Victoria’s work emphasizes intersectional awareness, individual and collective healing, and compassionate action. In her role as Co-Executive Director of the BIPOC ED Coalition, Victoria is part of a cultural change movement that prioritizes BIPOC health and wellness. She also advocates for more resources to flow towards BIPOC-led nonprofits and calls in philanthropic partners and other allies to reimagine their roles and commit to working with BIPOC-led organizations in more powerful ways.
Participation in this meeting is open to philanthropic organizations that currently make grants. This includes corporate giving offices, private and public foundations, community foundations, government grantmakers and CDFI institutions with a philanthropic focus. You do not need to be a Philanthropy Northwest member to participate, but do need to represent an organizational philanthropic institution. Please do not join this call if you are a nonprofit organization. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact JulieAnne Behar.