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Panel: Making an Impact Through Philanthropy and Non-Profits

Have you thought about getting involved in philanthropy or non-profit organizations, but don't know how to get started? What planning issues must aspiring philanthropists consider? How can you identify and contribute to non-profits that interest you?

Coordinated by the Harvard Club of San Francisco, come learn insightful tips from people who have successfully taken the plunge. Meet others who are interested in serving and making a positive impact. This promises to be an inspiring evening.

CONFIRMED PANELISTS (others being confirmed):
Perla Ni, Founder and CEO, Great Non-Profits

Perla Ni has executive experience in corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors. She was the founder and former publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the leading journal on nonprofit management and philanthropy. While at the Review, she also launched the Review's successful website and blog. Prior to her work at SSIR, Ni co-founded Grassroots Enterprise, later acquired by global public relations firm, Edelman. A frequent speaker on nonprofits and philanthropy, Ni continues to blog at SSRI. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has been named a "Top Game Changer" by the Huffington Post.

Bill Unger, Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund

Bill Unger joined Mayfield in 1984. Bill was an early investor in such industry leaders as Sandisk, Silicon Architects, Calico Commerce, nChip, Newport Communications, Simplex Solutions, Verplex Design Systems, and Excess Bandwidth Corporation. He continues to advise privately held companies. Bill has always dedicated time to philanthropic activities. Currently he serves as a board member of Samasource, CARE USA, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and is on the advisory boards of the Dean of Engineering of The University of California at Berkeley, the Dean of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Environmental Entrepreneurs, the Global Philanthropy Forum, and the Entrepreneurs Foundation.

Eric Weaver, founder and CEO of Opportunity Fund

Eric has combined his background as a community organizer with an education from Stanford Business School to develop an innovative not-for-profit financial institution that uses market principles to effect systemic change.

Under his leadership, Opportunity Fund has grown into one of the nation’s largest and most effective microfinance institutions, with an emphasis on both savings and credit. Opportunity Fund operates one of the nation’s largest Individual Development Account (IDA) programs, is a leading provider of micro-loans to entrepreneurs in California, and has a robust community real estate finance unit.

In 2006, Eric was named one of the first seven recipients of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, awarded to individuals who are successfully tackling some of California’s most challenging problems. In addition, the Skoll Foundation has twice selected Opportunity Fund for the Skoll Award for Innovation in Silicon Valley; and the Small Business Administration named Eric Weaver its Financial Services Advocate of the Year in 2006. Eric is a graduate of Harvard College.

Julia Love, Adobe Systems

Julia Love is the Employee Engagement Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility at Adobe. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of The Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. In addition to oversight of The Volunteer Center’s Consulting and Training Practice and Volunteer Services, Julia led the Bay Area Corporate Volunteer Council. In this capacity, she regularly consulted with leading corporations on the strategic development of their employee involvement programs. In 2006, Julia led a field-wide effort to standardize the language and means of measuring corporate volunteer programs.

Prior to joining The Volunteer Center in 2001, Julia served as the Program Director for The Management Center. Her program development and management experience includes work with boards of directors, executive development trainings, and training curriculum development for both corporate and nonprofit audiences.

Julia served as Chair of the Corporate Volunteer Council Advisory Council for HandsOn Network. She served for six years on the board of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly. Julia earned her bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley and received her Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.


Wednesday, Jun 01, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
2121 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

6:00 to 7:00 pm: Registration, networking, hors d'ouevres and refreshments
7:00 to 8:30 pm: Presentation and Q&A
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Further networking

Cost: Price: $30 for non-Harvard Club members / $20 for Harvard Club members

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