Monthly Update | Apr. 2021
A Message from our CEO
“Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” - an excerpt from The Pandemic is a Portal by Arundhati Roy

One of our board members, Dr. Anna Waring, recently shared this powerful essay with me. Roy's words resonated deeply and I wanted to pass on this message to all of you as we continue together to grapple with next steps toward a post-pandemic world.
-Larissa Robideaux, Chief Executive Officer
Keeping up with CEN
Don't Forget to Check Out Our New Website!
A few weeks ago we announced the launch of our new website! We were proud to share this new platform and messaging, which is more representative of where we are as an organization today and was designed to be more accessible and user-friendly for our nonprofit members/clients. We look forward to your ongoing feedback as our site and organization continue to evolve.
Save the Date - CEN Leaders Institute Graduation!
We hope you'll all join us on June 24th (5-6:30pm) to celebrate the incredible leaders of our 13th and 14th Leaders Institute cohorts. Please mark your calendars! Because of the pandemic, last year's graduation celebration was postponed and we'll be celebrating the two cohorts together, virtually, in June. Stay tuned for more details about the event and information on how to RSVP in the next couple weeks. We hope to see you on June 24th!
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, & Liberation (IDEAL) at CEN
A few weeks ago, as part of our commitment to the work and dedication to providing impactful programming and staff development, we participated as a team in a test-run of the CEN IDEAL Program (led by Colsaria Henderson and Illyasha Peete).

During this 2-day learning and growth opportunity, space was provided for us, as individuals and as a team, to reflect on our experiences, identify biases, and collectively deepen our commitment to the work. We participated in vulnerable conversations together, exploring weaknesses and opportunities within our own organization and laying a stronger foundation for continued work in this space. This was yet another step in our own journey and ongoing commitment to prioritize and lead with IDEAL principles throughout programs and operations.

As you may have already seen, we will be launching the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Liberation (IDEAL) Program publicly on April 27th & 29th! Created, developed, and facilitated by our incredible team of Leadership Development Specialists, this program provides a genuine, candid space to explore IDEAL principles and the effects of these principles on your organization and the communities you serve. We’re excited to share this amazing program with you all in April! There are still a few spots left, so we encourage you to grab yours before we are sold out.
The Silicon Valley Next Program
As we shared earlier this year, CEN has recently acquired the Silicon Valley Next (SVN) program, founded and run by Curtis Chang of Consulting Within Reach. SVN is a collaborative approach to develop high potential nonprofit leaders, with an emphasis on providing an accessible professional development opportunity for leaders of color in the nonprofit sector. A select cohort of Fellows – all individuals deeply rooted in the community – receive training, coaching, peer support, and other investments to prepare them for executive leadership.
This program augments the currently flawed model which forces each nonprofit organization to build its own isolated talent pipeline with a new model that collectively cultivates a shared talent pool. Overall, through this acquisition, the sector will benefit from CEN providing long-term institutional stability and expansion potential to the SVN program.
Did You Know?
Each month we share an article or resource that challenges the way we view work and inspires a new way to effect community impact.

Have you downloaded Equity in the Center's Awake to Woke to Work publication?
"Ground yourself in the process of building a Race Equity Culture. Explore the levers that drive change and the stages that mark transformation using the Race Equity Cycle. In collaboration with over 120 experts in the fields of DEI and race equity, we provide insights, tactics, and best practices to shift organizational culture and operationalize equity."
As Equity in the Center provides in their description, above, the Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication provides ample research and a framework to help organizations guide their own race equity work.
Nonprofit Learning
In response to COVID-19, CEN has moved all of our programs online, offering virtual training opportunities that merge fundamental best practices with crisis management resources and opportunities for peer-to-peer connections and support. Additionally, we're offering special discounts and payment plans to make these offerings increasingly accessible during this challenging time so please reach out!
Developing a High Performing Team
This full-day session will show teams how to use an understanding of individuals' social styles and values to create a more effective working environment, leverage collective assets, and work together more strategically. Participants will discover ways to identify barriers, such as implicit vs. explicit agreements, explore how to use team charters to set yourselves up for success, as well as tips for great team meetings. You must register in groups of at least 3 team members and we encourage full team participation for maximum impact.
Nonprofit Board Essentials
In this workshop, we will go over the basic responsibilities of nonprofit board service to help board leaders understand their commitment and to set appropriate expectations between staff and board. Additionally, we will explore ways for nonprofit board members to maximize support of the organization's mission. This session is also a great program for individuals interested in exploring nonprofit board service and gaining a better understanding of what this commitment means.
Leadership Resilience
Workplace stress is unavoidable. The key to handling stress is not to avoid it, but to find methods to work with it without losing resolve. This course is designed to give participants the tools they need to identify workplace stressors, end self-deprecating talk, build communicative workplace structures, and calmly deal with change. As a result, participants will be able to effectively manage daily upsets, foster healthy relationships with coworkers and clients, and increase happiness and satisfaction in day-to-day work life.
CEN's IDEAL Program for Nonprofit Professionals
This 2-day program is a genuine, candid space to explore the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Liberation (IDEAL) and the effect of these principles on the community you serve and the organization as a whole. We intend for this to be a space where you can be real, courageous, and supported as we deeply and authentically discuss IDEAL topics, so we’re asking everyone to commit to being present for the entire course and to engage in behaviors that demonstrate a commitment and genuine respect for the work and one another.
Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Boot Camp
The nonprofit sector needs resilient and knowledgeable leaders to deliver integral services, especially now, amid COVID-19 related challenges and the subsequent impact of 2020. CEN's Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Boot Camp is an opportunity to learn from industry experts, explore the nonprofit business model, develop/augment management skills, and gain a robust toolkit of resources to excel and sustain yourself in a nonprofit career. Additionally, we've embedded timely content (coping resources, fundraising strategies, etc.) to address current and evolving challenges. All of our virtual offerings are designed to be inclusive environments where participants can create authentic connections with peers and receive/provide support during this difficult time. The intensive Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Boot Camp is a 3-day, not-for-credit certificate course for new executives, managers, board members, and emerging professionals from the nonprofit sector.
Newsletter Sponsorship
Interested in newsletter sponsorship? This is a great opportunity to share your services with our community of nonprofit leaders and to support CEN's ongoing networking efforts? Please email
Thrive 2021 Nonprofit Leader Survey (for San Mateo County Nonprofits)
Thrive invites all nonprofit leaders to participate in a ~15 minute survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nonprofit operations in the past year and how best to support nonprofit collaboration and impact moving forward.
Based on this insight, Thrive will develop a framework and recommendations for nonprofits to navigate opportunities for strategic alliances that maximize service delivery and program impact. These will include a range of collaborative activities, from group training and coordinated action to shared services and formal alliances.
Nonprofit Learning Lab Spring Webinars
Take this spring to hone your craft as a nonprofit leader by participating in any of Nonprofit Learning Lab's free webinars in April, May, and June. Use the code friend10 for $10 off registration. Upcoming webinars include:
  • From Exploitation to Empathy: How to Talk About Our Program Participants with Dignity and Truth
  • Using Web Forms to Optimize Your Event Process and Increase Fundraising
  • Gaslighting in the Nonprofit
  • When to Make the Ask: The Formula to Drive More Donations
  • How to Plan a Golf Fundraiser for the First Time
  • Your Guide to a Seamless Online Event 
AFP Silicon Valley Chapter Workshop - The House of Philanthropy: Creating a Framework for Cross-Cultural Giving 
Every day, the world of philanthropy gets more culturally complex. As the sector continues to evolve, we must be aware of commonalities and differences in how cultures relate to philanthropic giving, and how that impacts fundraising strategy. In this session, we'll discuss the rich vocabulary, varied currency, donor motivations and key relationships in our many philanthropic communities and develop techniques to nuance your fundraising programs. In this workshop, our speakers will talk about how you can put these concepts into action. 
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley - Latinx Speaker Series
We are thrilled to invite you to the first Latinx Speaker Series of 2021 on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at noon via Zoom! Latinx-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S small business ecosystem. Now more than ever before, more Latinos are starting businesses!
Join us as we'll pull back the curtains to see what it's like to be a Latinx entrepreneur and hear from a panel that is paving the way for generations to come. To learn more about our panel click here.
Free Legal Clinic for Nonprofits on Employment Law
Open to nonprofits serving low-income or underserved communities in Northern California, CORP is now accepting applications for a FREE legal clinic on employment law on Friday, April 23. Participating organizations will work one-on-one with experienced attorneys to receive a legal audit, covering areas such as: 
- Updating employee handbooks 
- Ensuring worker classifications comply with local and state regulations 
- Advising on best practices regarding hiring and terminating employees 
- Compliance with local ordinances 
- … and more! 
CompassPoint - Coaching Skills for BIPOC Leaders (4-Part Series)
The return of Coaching Skills for BIPOC Leaders is just around the corner! This is a foundational 4-part series that serves as a great introduction to coaching skills. You'll explore key coaching concepts and have time and space to practice with peers. Last year, we heard from participants how valuable it was to have a dedicated space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders to explore coaching skills, so we're excited to offer this series again in May! 
LBLA Board Match Night
Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) Board Match Night is an opportunity for representatives from nonprofits to meet LBLA fellows who are eager to serve on a nonprofit board. LBLA'ers and nonprofits in our region get a chance to learn about each other and evaluate a potential fit. The next Board Match night will be held from June 7th through the 10th. To learn how your nonprofit can sign up for Board Match Night please send an email.
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Nonprofit Sector Job Openings
Downtown College Prep - CEO
Downtown College Prep’s board of directors is seeking a proven, dynamic nonprofit leader to serve as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and build upon the success and legacy of the schools. The new CEO will be expected to embody and promote the mission, vision, and goals of DCP, with an emphasis on college success. The CEO will lead through a multiculturally competent lens to execute on a multi-year strategic plan.
Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir - Development Manager
The Development Manager manages the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors as well as taking a key project management role in special projects and PEBCC events. This role reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the ED, administrative team, and PEBCC Development Committee on fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship. The position is focused on individual and major donors, events, sponsorships and building volunteer support. The role is full time, salaried at a budgeted range of $60,000 to $70,000, doe.
Healthy Cities Tutoring - Program Manager, Operations Manager, and Program Coordinator Roles Open
Healthy Cities Tutoring (HCT) is growing and is seeking collaborative community-oriented candidates for the positions of Program Manager, Operations Manager, and Program Coordinator as we expand our services to support children in need in our local communities. HCT is a leading community-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing a one-on-one volunteer tutor/mentor for every student struggling to achieve success in school.

  • Program Manager is a FT position leading efforts at assigned school sites to provide tutoring and mentoring services to students enrolled in our program. This person will manage a team of Program Coordinators and assist in general administration, recruiting, and fundraising as an integral part of the Healthy Cities Tutoring team.
  • Operations Manager is a PT to FT position responsible for data management, technology, volunteer management, and donation tracking and donor acknowledgment.
  • Program Coordinator is a PT position working with school site staff, parents, tutors and our volunteer site coordinators to match students with tutors at the schools we serve.
All Stars Helping Kids - Data Development Associate Analyst
All Stars Helping Kids is dedicated to improving the lives of marginalized youth in the Bay Area. In this newly created position, the Data Development Associate Analyst will provide fundraising support for a wide range of functions that are needed to assist in reaching our fundraising goals. In partnership with the Development Director and Executive Director, the Data Development Associate Analyst will play a crucial role in ensuring Salesforce CRM integrity, driving prospect research, donor stewardship efforts, gift receipts, events, and supporting the Development Director in fundraising efforts. The Development Associate reports to the Development Director.
Family Connections - Bilingual (Spanish) Early Childhood Home Visitor
The Bilingual (Spanish) Early Childhood Home Visitor is a (25-40 hr week position) that will focus on providing screening and assessment of the families we serve in our preschool programs, as well as providing weekly, in-home, parent education and support, while integrating developmentally appropriate practices.
A successful candidate for this position will have proven history working with young children and families and will be able to communicate a sense of passion and commitment to early childhood education and child development-focused work. In addition, they will be comfortable working independently across settings, including home, community and classroom.
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