The first series of small group conversations were rich and impactful. The word cloud illustrates how people were feeling after the group discussions and reflects the hopefulness, and gratitude of those who participated. It also reflects the personal contribution each participant made to creating welcoming space which nurtured these rich conversations. Leaders’ honest participation and presence enriched the learning experience for each of us who has committed to this learning opportunity. Kristen Fogle, CEO of San Diego Writer’s Ink, concurred, “I loved partaking in the session. The small group format was wonderful for reflecting more deeply and getting attuned to where others are at. This is an amazing programming opportunity!”
Participants in The Equity Journey include individual leaders, nonprofit CEOs and their leadership teams, and leadership teams with boards of directors. The program is providing groups a share language and understanding of concepts critical to leadership in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, including the difference between equity and equality, and the concepts of intersectionality and micro-aggressions. It is serving as a first step to the organizational discussions and decisions that will be required by nonprofit organizations to address these issues in their workplaces and in service delivery to their clients.
Torrie Dunlap, CEO of Kids Included Together, is participating with her leadership team from across the country. The online curriculum makes it possible for her team to learn together remotely and then to come together for further discussion on what they are learning as they move toward implementation. Torrie credits Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego for “doing so much to to support the new and emerging needs of the field so quickly and with such high quality. Fieldstone is such a gift!”
Groups are now beginning Module 2 and will meet together during the week of October 19th for the next round of small group discussions. The second Module focuses on personal leadership and ends with each learner creating a personal plan to advance social equity.
For more information on The Equity Journey, please visit our website. You may also add your name to our interest list to be contacted about our next offering. The Equity Journey is offered as part of Project Stone Catcher, which aims to provide opportunities for nonprofit leaders to develop the skills and understanding necessary to lead nonprofit organizations in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to advance social justice issues for the broader community. Project Stone Catcher also aims to build a community of stone catchers who trust each other, offer support to one another and provide safe space for exploration and discussion of issues that have historically been difficult to discuss.
As part of our Project Stone Catcher programming, Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego has partnered with San Diego Workforce Partnership and others to present a community conversation on race, equity and worker power in San Diego.
Project Stone Catcher aims to help nonprofit leaders develop their skills and capacities to work in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. This free learning opportunity is based on the recently released report San Diego Racial Equity Gap: How Did We Get Here .
Donna DeBerry, CEO, Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce
Ricky Shabazz, President, San Diego City College
Jerry Sanders, CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
The learning event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The event is free, but advanced registration is required. Leaders may register here.
Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego is pleased to offer this program in collaboration with Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, Mission Driven Finance, San Diego City College, San Diego Grantmakers, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Workforce Partnership and The Nonprofit Institute.
We are please to share our recently completed 5-Year Report on the impact of our Clare Rose Sabbatical Program. This is an important milestone for our program, which is now entering its seventh year. To date, we have awarded 25 sabbatical/capacity building grants. Each grant is valued at $50,000.
This report would not have been possible without the participation of our sabbatical recipients, their staff and board members. Each helped us codify the impact of this program on them individually and on the organization as a whole. This work has helped us to improve the program over the years and helped us understand how to tell tell the story of why sabbaticals are important for nonprofit leaders.
Our thanks to The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego for its partnership on this research project. Specifically, to Laura Deitrick and Mary Jo Schumann who started with us over five years ago and then passed on the work to the capable and dedicated hands of Michelle Schneider and Tessa Tinkler. We have been blessed by their wisdom and dedication to researching our work. And of course, thank you to the Durfee Foundation for inspiring us with their sabbatical program and being so generous in sharing their model with us so we could bring it to San Diego.
The report can be found on our website . We have included some highlights for you below, but since we don’t want to spoil your reading experience, we have been brief. But please know, we are excited about the outcomes and the impact this program has had in the first five years of the program.
- 91% of board and staff surveyed reported the ED was more rested and rejuvenated post-sabbatical.
- 83% of Interim ls reported they gained skills and knowledge for the future.
- 82% of nonprofit board members from all 19 organizations indicated that the sabbatical redirected thinking on organizational transition and succession planning.
- 80% Board and Staff agreed that new leadership capacity was built within the organization as a result of the sabbatical.
Long-term impacts for individuals included:
And long-term benefits to organizations included:
– More autonomous and connected staff
Now, maybe more than ever, sabbaticals play an essential role in building the capacity of nonprofit leaders and organizations while sustaining executive leadership to remain in the sector. Our next application cycle begins in January 2021. This will be cohort 7! If you are interested in applying, please visit our website for more helpful information. It is full of video testimonials, studies, resources and the application.
Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego has been honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2020 from GreatNonprofits! This is our first year being part of Great Nonprofits.
“The Network has enriched my professional life by welcoming me into a community of learners. We help one another confront daily challenges while making space to envision a positive future for the nonprofit sector.”
“As a life-long non-profit professional, I have found very few ongoing structural supports for non-profit leaders. And certainly none that go as deep and broad as the Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego.”
Fieldstone is an exceptional organization both for its leadership and services. Its unique role to identify and support emerging and seasoned leaders grow and develop is critical to the nonprofit and leadership development eco-system. There are more and better leaders because of Fieldstone.
Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego Collaborates with Rise San Diego and The Nonprofit Institute to Offer Webinar-based Certificate Program.
When COVID-19 hit, Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego and The Nonprofit Institute came together to curate a series of webinars to support nonprofit leaders as they dealt with the ramifications of a global pandemic. Now, with the country dealing with civic and racial unrest after the killing of George Floyd, Fieldstone and The Nonprofit Institute have expanded the FORTIFY family to include Rise San Diego. Together, these organizations have crafted FORTIFY: The Racial Equity Series.
- Creating a Common Language for the Conversation
- Being Ally, Accomplice, Accompanist, Advocate, and Anti-Racist
- Beginning Where You are As Who You Are
- Getting Ready for Racial Inquiry: Deeper Dimension of Racial Equity Dialogue
- Learning the Adaptive Racial Conversation Hierarchy Approach
- Living into Racial Equity: Intention and Action
A certificate in Foundations of Racial Equity will be offered to participants who register and attend the six-part series, read supplemental material and complete a course survey.
Proceeds from FORTIFY: The Racial Equity Series will support the work of this partnership to promote racial equity education and advocacy in the San Diego region.
Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego has joined forces with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance to offer an online learning program focused on equity, inclusion and diversity. Learners will explore the meaning of equity and what it looks like in society, test their own understanding of privilege and how it impacts access and learn how to advance equity in their own organizations and communities. Learners who complete all components of the program will earn a certificate in equity.
“Society has always called upon nonprofit leaders and organizations to address our most important civil challenges. Today is no exception. As our communities work to address equity in our country and the world, nonprofit leaders will be at the forefront. We are thrilled to work with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance to provide our local nonprofit leaders with the opportunity to invest in their understanding and knowledge and in building their network so they can do this important work to the best of their abilities. It is the most critical leadership call at this time”, according to Janine Mason, Founder and Director of Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego.
“Our goal for The Equity Journey is to help individuals take the first step in self-awareness related to social equity. Partnering with Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego gives us a broader platform to spread the word and accomplish this goal. We are proud to work with such an engaged and committed group to begin the difficult work ahead for our communities” says Susan Tomlinson Schmidt, MPA, CNP President of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
The Equity Journey includes three self guided modules. Learners will have three weeks to complete each module. Then, Learners will participate in an online small group discussion on the module before advancing to the next session. This enhanced program feature is unique to the Fieldstone offering.
- Enhance their understanding of equity and bias.
- Gain awareness of the structural/systemic barriers that hinder equity.
- Understand their own equity journey and create an action plan to continue their personal development.
- Develop a deeper understanding of how advancing equity can increase the effectiveness of their organization and create a plan to operationalize your goals.
- Explore strategies for aligning professional practice with social equity objectives.
- Build a community of nonprofit leaders committed to leading in the areas of equity and race relations.
- Build a toolkit of resources that will benefit the learner today and in the future.
This course works well for individuals as well as for entire teams or organizations. It is a cost effective and impactful way to train employees and leaders in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion and create a shared vernacular as a starting point to begin organizational efforts and discussions to address change in your agency.
An e-certificate for The Equity Journey will be awarded to each participant who completes the online course and participates in three online discussion groups.
Our partnership with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance allows us to offer this course at the special price of $65.
STONE CATCHER: (n) A person with power and privilege who stands between those who cast stones and those who are daily injured by a politics of injustice, inequity, hate and violence. An accomplice in advancing social justice. An anti-racist.
Last month, Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego announced a new program called Project Stone Catcher. Created in response to the growing call for nonprofit leaders to work toward a more diverse sector and a more equitable society, Project Stone Catcher aims to nurture a community of stone catchers who trust each other, offer support to one another and provide safe space for exploration and discussion of issues that have historically been difficult to discuss so we are better able to work for social justice. The name of the program is inspired by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the book Just Mercy.
A companion piece to this program, is a fieldstone etched with the word “CATCHER”. The stone was unveiled on June 4th as part of the premier Project Stone Catcher program, an online leadership discussion with Scott Budnick. Budnick is the Executive Producer of the movie “Just Mercy” and the founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. Facilitated by Lee Ann Kim, Budnick addressed many of the leadership concepts that we use in our work—from vision to courage to self care to knowing your own strengths and weaknesses and surrounding yourself with good people. During the discussion, Scott also highlighted several organizations that are working for social justice in his comments, including the organizations that he founded: OneCommunity LLC and the Anti Recidivism Coalition. Links to these organizations and other resources that were discussed or raised as part of the chat can be found on our website.
The hope is the “Catcher” stone will serve as a reminder of one’s commitment to catching stones, especially during hard times and to help one to identify others who also working in solidarity as Stone Catchers. Leaders are encouraged to put their stone where they and others can see it. This way, it might generate curiosity from others and provide stone catchers the opportunity to share the story of the stone and invite others to join our work for social justice.
The “CATCHER” joins a collection of stones crafted by FLNSD to encourage nonprofit leaders as they work. Other stones include the words LEAD, COURAGE and GRATEFUL.
FLNSD often uses the symbol of the cairn to illustrate the work of leaders. Cairns are the rock formations found all over the world and used by travelers to mark a path, help one find their way and encourage one to keep going on their journey. With these stones, FLNSD is providing gentle reminders of encouragement to Network Members while allowing them to build personal cairns to mark the way for those they lead.
As part of the leadership discussion with Scott and in support of the work of FLNSD and the Anti Recidivism Coalition, “Catcher” stones are available for a small donation through June 25th using this link.
Please welcome Nathan Burns to the Fieldstone Family. Nathan will be working with us as a summer intern and will be concentrating on a special project focused on codifying and celebrating the leadership efforts of our nonprofit leaders during COVID-19.
Hailing from Newtown, Pennsylvania, Nathan is entering his senior year at the University of Richmond. Nathan is double-majoring in Leadership Studies and French, and minoring in English. As a Leadership Studies major, Nathan takes a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the theories and applications of leadership at community, national and international levels. More specifically, he has recently researched local leadership concerning archival activism and public memory in the historically complex city of Richmond, Virginia. Outside of academics, Nathan is a university writing consultant, member of the university choir and president of an on-campus a cappella group. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking and photography.
We are thrilled to be working with Nathan this summer and are excited to see this project come to fruition. Welcome Nathan!
Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego is pleased to announce Project Stone Catcher, a new area of leadership development focused on providing opportunities for nonprofit leaders to develop the skills and understanding necessary to lead nonprofit organizations in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to advance social justice issues for the broader community. In alignment with our mission, Project Stone Catcher will build a community of stone catchers who trust each other, offer support to one another and provide safe space for exploration and discussion of issues that have historically been difficult to discuss.
The name of this effort is inspired by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson calls upon those with power and privilege to catch stones – to stand between those who “cast stones” and those who are daily injured by a politics of hate and violence. Thus, to be anti-racist, to be an accomplice in advancing social justice, requires one to be a stone catcher.
This new thread of learning opportunities will be woven into our existing programming, including Crossroads and Turning Points, Leadership Reading Groups, Fieldstone @ 4 and our leadership retreat.
Programming for 2020-21 includes:
JUST MERCY – Online Leadership Discussion with Executive Producer Scott Butnick
June 4, 2020 4 pm
At home movie viewing/Online discussion
Sponsored by Alliant Education Foundation
Race: Are We So Different? – Exhibition and Discussion
Museum of Man
The Race Card Project
Searching for the Heart of Social Justice in Hallowed and Historic Places: A Leadership Pilgrimage
September 19-22, 2021
More information on each of these programs can be found under the program tab on our website. All programs are open to nonprofit leaders in San Diego County.Read More
Originally scheduled as an in-person event, we have redesigned this event for the current day.
COVID-19 has heightened our awareness of social inequities across our community, making this exclusive leadership discussion more important than ever. Join us as we begin a concerted effort to respond and recreate our future by participating
in this learning opportunity.
Leaders are invited to watch the movie Just Mercy at home and then join us online on June 4th at 4 pm for an exclusive and inspiring discussion on the courage necessary to work on issues of social justice.
As it is with books, movies provide a unique opportunity to study leadership and how it is or is not exercised in response to society’s challenges. “Just Mercy,” is an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen. A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation.
Equally inspiring is the movie’s Executive Producer,Scott Budnick.
Scott is an American film producer, Founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), and is currently CEO of One Community, LLC – a film, television, and new media co-financing company that uses the power of storytelling to encourage and inspire positive global change.
Since 2004, Budnick has been a fierce advocate for social justice and a fairer judicial system. In 2003, he began volunteering with InsideOUT Writers (IOW), a program that brings creative writing into juvenile halls. In 2014, Budnick founded ARC, whose mission is to reduce incarceration, improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals, and build healthier communities. ARC provides formerly incarcerated men and women with direct services such as housing, counseling, job training and opportunities, mentoring, and education. The organization also empowers and mobilizes its members to play a role in justice reform efforts through direct policy advocacy.
For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Governor Jerry Brown named Scott the 2012 California Governor’s Volunteer of the Year. He sits on the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and was selected to serve as a Board Member for President Barack Obama’s foundation, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
Scott will share his experiences in making Just Mercy, provide insights about crafting his job into a vocation and discuss the personal leadership and courage required to work toward social justice.
Open to members of the FLNSD and the greater nonprofit community, this leadership discussion will be facilitated by Lee Ann Kim. Kim, a former broadcast journalist, is the founder of Pacific Arts Movement. She is an active member of Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego and will be co-facilitating the Network’s leadership retreat in Alabama in September 2021.
This leadership development opportunity is offered as part of Project Stone Catcher, a program focused on providing opportunities for nonprofit leaders to develop the skills and understanding necessary to lead nonprofit organizations in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to advance social justice issues for the broader community. In alignment with our mission, Project Stone Catcher will build a community of stone catchers who trust each other, offer support to one another and provide safe space for exploration and discussion of issues that have historically been difficult to discuss.
Our thanks to Alliant Education Foundation for their sponsorship of this learning opportunity.