Monthly Update | Mar. 2021
A Message from our CEO
Today, and every day, we at CEN are thinking of all of you. As a sector, we have been through so much since the onset of the pandemic last year. It has been difficult and incredibly painful, but I do believe we will emerge from this time knowing more, willing to face hard truths, and hopefully evolving as a sector.

In the nonprofit sphere, we are strengthened by our sense of community, our support of one another, and our unwavering dedication to mission. In the spirit of that community we must ask - are we doing all we can for each other... for everyone? The Asian American and Pacific Islander community, many of whom are integral leaders/members of the nonprofit sector, have had to endure harrowing increased xenophobia, violence, racism, and hate this year. In an effort to hold ourselves accountable and grounded in supportive action at CEN, we are following up from our messaging on social media last week. We want to respond not just in the form of words, but with action - as we have done before in other circumstances - by offering services at no-cost to organizations serving AAPI leaders and/or serving AAPI communities. We do not want to assume what is needed, so we will be intentionally reaching out to organizations serving AAPI communities and also invite you to please reach out so we can understand and coordinate what is best for the needs you are experiencing at this time.

All of us at CEN stand with our fellow colleagues, loved ones, partners, and friends in the AAPI community. We fervently condemn the racism, violence, and hate.
-Larissa Robideaux, Chief Executive Officer
Keeping up with CEN
How We Practice Ongoing Learning
Not only do we remain dedicated to supporting the nonprofit community through our workshops and resources (all centered in inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and liberation (IDEAL) practices), but we ourselves are also committed to our own ongoing learning and development. Most recently, various staff have been participating in cohorts and peer learning through Northern California Grantmakers as well as both the staff and board taking part in the Building Racial Equity trainings through Race Forward. We will continue to share opportunities like these with the community and leverage our experiences to expand our own knowledge and perspectives and augment the delivery of services to best support all of you, our community!
Women's History Month
This month, we are celebrating the amazing women that have made real, impactful change for our communities over the years. As an all female staff, we believe deeply in the power of women - whether fighting for social justice, pioneering technological advances, or bringing people together through their visionary words:

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
- Dr. Maya Angelou

Please follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook as we will be posting about women leaders throughout the month.
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.

"There has been and continues to be a critical gap in philanthropic resources addressing the unmet needs of AAPI communities. To narrow this gap, AAPIP works to increase greater understanding and engagement between philanthropy and AAPI communities."
As the East Bay Community Foundation shared in their recent statement "Currently, less than 1% of national foundation grants support Asian American communities and we commit to addressing this funding inequity. We call on our colleagues in philanthropy to provide significant funding for programs that AAPI survivors, leaders, and communities require to address this violence and build racial solidarity. We urge you to join us." Whether through AAPIP (quoted above) or other philanthropic organizations, financial support is one of the many ways you can step up to support AAPI communities now and beyond. We'll continue to share more resources via our social media as well.
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!
Board Chair Essentials
In this workshop, we will help you be an effective board leader by providing a refresher on board service responsibilities in general and a more in-depth look at the chairperson role in particular. We’ll explore the critical relationship between the board chair and the CEO and share best practices of board governance and leadership. You will also leave with tools to ensure your board meetings are efficient and the discussions are generative.
Understanding Nonprofit Financials
As a nonprofit executive or board member, gaining a true understanding of your organization’s financials and making strategic decisions as a result can increase your organization's long term impact, perhaps more than any other leadership skill. This class will explore the basic elements of common nonprofit financial statements, will review basic "financial jargon," and will discuss the nuances of accounting in the nonprofit sector. Participants leave with an understanding of how they can use this financial information to make timely, strategic decisions.
NEW! 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. Limited space still available so reserve your spot today!
CEN remains committed to supporting our sector through this challenging time and will continue to offer membership scholarships and payment plans to ensure you have access to the resources you need.
Has your organization renewed its CEN membership? Members receive deep discounts - usually 50% - on all of our programming, which we've expanded this year, and access to special resources. We will continue to offer our programs online, providing virtual learning opportunities that merge fundamental leading practices with crisis management resources and space for authentic peer-to-peer connections and support.
SVCN Activate Your Impact Nonprofit Policy Summit
Pivotal eras demand pivotal policies. Designed for those who challenge the status quo, #AYI21 will equip nonprofit advocates in your work to fight for equity and thriving communities. By joining, you will immerse yourself in an environment that brings change agents together to learn and collaborate towards amplifying our collective voice. This summit is offered as a six-part series of live webinars from March 9 - 11, at 11am and 2pm each day. 
Nonprofit Finance Fund: Where We Go From Here Video Series
This occasional video series seeks to answer the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s enduring question: “Where do we go from here?” Leaders of nonprofits and philanthropy are asked what keeps them up at night, what brings them hope, and how they are responding to the biggest crises we face today. Their responses are packed into 15-minute videos to inform, inspire, and point the way forward. It's leadership to help you lead.
Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) Now Accepting Applications!
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is now accepting applications for the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) - Class XVIII. This 10-week academy trains Latinos on how to serve in leadership roles as board members of nonprofits in Silicon Valley. LBLA addresses the leadership gap by recruiting, training, and guiding Latinos to maximize their power of giving. You will develop skills as a leader, integrate cultural competence, and be connected to a strong network of peers across Silicon Valley. You must submit your application along with all required documents to be considered. Apply as soon as possible as there is limited seating available.
Thrive Community Forum: Working Towards Equitable Vaccine Access in San Mateo County
Thrive and Sequoia Healthcare District invite you to a cross-sector Community Forum on vaccine equity and local community needs during the pandemic. You are invited to learn about important communication outreach tools and data on vaccine distribution, along with an update on the effects of the pandemic on our local communities.
Thrive Leadership Circle Luncheon: Contracting with the County: Nonprofits Getting Work Done
Join CEOs and EDs of San Mateo County nonprofits at Thrive’s quarterly Leadership Circle Luncheon (virtual) for a County presentation by Robert Manchia, San Mateo County Chief Financial Officer on the progress stemming from the 2019-2020 County Community-Based Organization (CBO) Summit. We will review the compiled and categorized recommendations from CBO-SMC Work Groups. We will then have a follow-up discussion on changes, challenges and implementation of the recommendations. We will also be spotlighting member nonprofits sharing their experiences of contracting with the County.
The Future of Latinx Fundraising in the US
Fellow Latinx Fundraisers and Development Officers! We want to hear from you and introduce you to your new home of professional development. Somos El Poder is about two things. Improving and advancing fundraising at Latinx Focused nonprofits nationwide. Advancing Development and Fundraising as a career for Latinx of all ages. We are dedicated to creating, an empowering and mutually supporting, national Latinx fundraising community! A community where you can learn real Latinx fundraising best practices and share your success and methods with other Latinx nationally.
Conflict Resolution with Power & Privilege in Mind
When we get into conflict with each other (at our organizations or in movement spaces), we often do so without taking time and space beforehand to slow down and explore our own relationship to conflict, namely, what drives our reactions and how our approach to conflict relates to power and privilege. This is a space to learn how to shift power dynamics by employing communication skills like listening, inquiry, and empathy.
African American Community Service Agency Events
AACSA is the only multi-service African American Center in Northern California. AACSA prides themselves in their multi-focused pillars of education, health & wellness, economic development, social services, and family resources. They aim to provide well rounded support to the community through both memberships and client services. Follow the link to see a full list of upcoming events.
Asian American Womxn's Voice: Our Culture & the Future?
General Assembly's “Asian American Womxn’s Voice” is bringing together the top minds in the Asian diaspora. We're creating a space for us to learn together so we can go into the world with a deeper understanding of our Asian culture, womxn’s struggles, one another’s stories, and of course, technology. In “Our Culture & The Future,” we will discuss how to celebrate ourselves, our culture, and our hopes for the future.
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Nonprofit Sector Job Openings
Coastside Children's Programs - Finance Manager
Coastside Children's Programs in Half Moon Bay is seeking a full time Finance Manager to start March 16, 2021. CCP is a non-profit Childcare that runs preschools, after school programs and summer camps. CCP is also a part of The Big Lift and is funded through the CDE and private tuition. We have been serving families on the Coast for almost 50 years.
SaverLife - Senior Associate, Accounting & Operations
As a purpose-driven nonprofit, SaverLife is uniquely positioned to lead systemic change. Through our engaging SaverLife platform, we provide prizes, rewards, expert resources, gamification, and other effective strategies proven to incentivize saving and spur new behavior. Through our integrated network of employers, financial institutions, nonprofits, and advocacy groups we advance aspirational savings programs, analytic insights, and policy initiatives dedicated to a more equitable America. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Accounting and Operations you will provide day-to-day accounting and operations support at SaverLife.
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