January 2015 
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From the Desk of Paul Vandeventer
Projects in the News
Grants and Resource Opportunities
Events and Learning Opportunities
From the Field
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From the Desk of Paul Vandeventer
Q&A: Looking Back with Board Member Bill Choi

As the Community Partners board begins to implement a new policy of term limits, our long-time and highly valued board member Bill Choi, a founding partner in the law firm of Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata LLP and a specialist in nonprofit practice, will exit the board after 9 years of service. I wanted to take this time to sit down with Bill and reflect on his leadership, his experience on our board, and what he sees for the future of Community Partners.

Paul Vandeventer: Your history with Community Partners dates back even before you joined the board. Can you talk a little about that?

Bill Choi: I knew about Community Partners through my friend and eventual law partner Al Rodriguez [one of the founders of Community Partners, now deceased]. I remember hearing about this organization he was starting to help incubate new nonprofit projects - that's pretty much all I knew about it early on. 

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Projects in the News

A nice shout-out went to the Bay Area Book Festival from Berkeleyside - their resolutions for 2015 included '5. A rousing inaugural success for the Bay Area Book Festival.' We say, hear hear to that. Bay Area Book Festival is under fiscal sponsorship with Community Partners.

Patrisse Cullors, who heads up Dignity and Power Now, is in the news again this month. Her name is on the cover of Essence magazine, along with others who contributed to the publication's historic #BlackLivesMatter issue. Read more here.

The unique work of The Dinner Party, which provides a supportive network -- and dinner parties -- around the shared experience of loss for young adults, is chronicled by Samantha Levine in The Daily Beast. 

Grants and Resource Opportunities

Deadline: March 3


Could your organization use some help with marketing or managing information technology? Now might be the time to tap the resources available through the Taproot FoundationApplications are now being accepted for a capacity-building service grant in the area of Leadership Development, Strategic HR, Marketing, Strategy Management, or Information Technology -- practices that nonprofit organizations need to thrive and succeed.

Events and Learning Opportunities

Community Partners in Ventura

March 25 and May 20


Community Partners is partnering for a second year with the Ventura County Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Paul Vandeventer, Community Partners' president and CEO, will offer a series of workshops and open office hours in support of social entrepreneurship in the region. Learn more here.


Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Deadline: January 23, 2015


Coro, a leadership organization that trains ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide, is accepting applications for its Fellowship in Public Affairs. Coro leaders develop skills; master tools needed to engage and empower communities; gain experience in government, business, labor and not-for-profit community organizations; and participate in special community and political problem solving processes.


Applications are due January 23; start by completing an interest form here. Stipends are available.

Writing Winning Grant Proposals: A Deeper Dive

Thursday, February 5 at 11 a.m. (PST)


The Chronicle of Philanthropy webinar takes a 'deeper dive' into grantwriting with tips and strategies to help seasoned grantwriters up their game.

From the Field

What Does the Future Hold for Nonprofits in 2015?

January is the month for reflecting on the past, making resolutions for the year to come, and gazing into crystal balls to predict what may unfold. The nonprofit and philanthropic sector has its fair share of prognosticators; we've rounded up a few forecasters and trend-watchers for you here:


We certainly hope to see #3 on this list come to fruition: the decreasing power of the overhead myth...Philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz offers her sixth annual Blueprint Forecast, honing in on digital innovation and the future of what she calls the 'social economy' while Rick Cohen, of The Nonprofit Quarterly, offers his in-depth take on 10 predictions, including what he calls a coming crisis at the IRS...For nonprofit resolutions, it's fun to turn to our friend Vu Le and his Nonprofit With Balls blog, who offers some solid wisdom for nonprofit leaders and staffers, along with a few chuckles.

Nonprofit Finance Fund is conducting its 7th annual nationwide survey examining the state of the nonprofit sector, and we hope you will contribute to this collective effort. The survey, which takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out, collects data on challenges and trends among nonprofits. We support the survey because NFF is committed to putting the data into action and shares the results openly across our communities. Please take the survey and share it with other nonprofits in your network. 


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Community Partners works with social entrepreneurs, grantmakers and civic leaders to imagine possibilities, design solutions and see them through to results. Our work includes fiscal sponsorship, grantmaker partnerships, thought leadership and knowledge sharing.    

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