New Partnership with National Conflict Resolution Center
The Gifts and Challenges of
- personal perspectives, thoughts, and feelings on being a social justice leader,
- what it means to be a stone catcher, and
- how this important work is showing up in their world.
Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego is pleased to be partnering with the National Conflict Resolution Center in bringing this program to San Diego’s nonprofit sector. All participants will have the opportunity to secure funding to host their own community circles for their nonprofit agencies. This program is funded by a grant from the County of San Diego.
Usually when we meet with our coaching team each December, we are wrapping up year-long matches and making new matches for the upcoming year. But 2020 has been an exceptional year and, as such, meant nonprofit leaders had to focus on different issues and opportunities than what had originally called them to coaching. As a result, we offered the opportunity for extended coaching time to those who were in the program this year and who were interested in continuing to work with a Fieldstone coach.
Recognizing the important role our coaches have played in supporting nonprofit leaders this year, we honored them at our end of the year gathering on Zoom.
Will You Be My Refuge, My Haven in the Storm?
Inspired by Carrie Newcomer’s song “Sanctuary”, we honored our coaches with handcrafted candles made by an individual artisan and crafted to support The Wilderness Society. The Sanctuary candle features cinnamon bark, roasted chestnuts and vanilla – perfect for the holiday season! Accompanying our candles, was a set of mason jars filled with m&ms – an attempt to emulate the various mason jars that were always full of treats for our in-person meetings! Gifts were hand delivered to each coaches home prior to our Zoom meeting.
Sanctuary, by Carrie Newcomer Listen Here
In 2021, FLNSD will coach 15 nonprofit leaders. Each leader will participate in a cohort orientation, a 360 Degree Review with the Center for Creative Leadership, one hour of consultation with a certified 360 Degree Facilitator and various assessments to give them a “jumping off” point for their coaching experience.
FLNSD created its coaching program in 1995. Current and former nonprofit executive directors are trained by FLNSD to serve as peer coaches. Each works with a current nonprofit CEO or leadership team member for 12 months, meeting approximately eight hours a month.
It is a Fieldstone tradition to gather together to celebrate the holidays and all we have achieved together. While we can’t gather in person, we believe it is especially important this year that we take the time to come together for a special celebration. Also believing our gathering should be joyful and fun and present an opportunity to experience something new, we have partnered with FLNSD Member New Village Arts to design a [email protected] that is joyous and reflects the spirit of Project Stone Catcher. This unique event will mark the season and all we have achieve, endured and conquered together this year and send us off into a new year with hopeful hearts.
[email protected] will focus on a new play written by local playwright Dea Hurston and created by the team of Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin Blax Burroughs, Dea Hurston & Milena Sellers Phillips. Entitled 1222 Oceanfront View: Home, the play features the Black family as they celebrate the holidays.
For exactly 30 years, Christmas Eve at the Black home, 1222 Oceanfront, was always a special time – an abundance of food and drink, song and dance, family and love. Dorothy Black makes sure of it, just like she promised her husband she would 20 years ago. But traditions can be a heavy burden to carry alone and Dorothy is ready to share the weight. This year the Matriarch of the Black family has pulled out all the stops in anticipation of the arrival of her sons, daughter in law and sister, the Christmas Eve Gang. Tonight, everything must be perfect. Tonight, nothing can go wrong. New chapters in her life have been pulling one foot into the future while the other is firmly set in the past but she’s finally ready to put both feet together. She’s ready for her family. Question is, are they ready for her?
We will enjoy songs and scenes from a new holiday play as we participate in a discussion with the creators on their inspiration, especially given today’s social justice environment, and explore the creative process, which was done entirely online due to COVID-19.
Guests are invited to wear their favorite holiday outfit, including ugly sweaters, and serve up their own favorite holiday treats as we join the Black Family Christmas on December 16th from 4 to 6 pm. We will gather on Zoom for a special behind the scenes theatre event.
[email protected] provides an organic experience for nonprofit leaders to come together for fellowship and knowledge.
Hosted quarterly, [email protected] is based on the concept of a “third place.” Author Ray Oldenburg calls one’s “first place” the home and one’s “second place” the office or work site. “Third places” are anchors of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. Often referred to as “community living rooms” the Third Place is a concept that models a cooperatively-run space for social interaction, learning, and fun.
Each [email protected] gathering is a forum to lead discussions, join conversations, brainstorm together, or be rejuvenated, inspired and supported by your peers. It is an open canvas for The Fieldstone Learning Community to design and use as part of its personal and community leadership development. The gatherings are open to all members of the Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego.Read More
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha joined Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego for Author’s Insights 2020. Author’s Insights is part of our Leadership Reading Group program and is an opportunity for members of our Reading Group Program to delve more deeply into leadership concepts with an author whose book was read in the program.
A 2018 New York Times 100 Notable Book, NPR Science Friday Best Science Book of 2018, and 2019 Michigan Notable Book, Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s bestselling and widely acclaimed book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City is a riveting, beautifully rendered account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of activism and hope. It’s the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.
Recognized for her leadership, Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP serves as the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified twice before the United States Congress, awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other media outlets championing the cause of children in Flint and beyond. She is the founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund (flintkids.org).
During her time with us, Dr. Mona spoke about the need for leaders to work in collaboration with each other and to be mindful not to become siloed in their efforts. She reminded leaders that this work requires constant attention to networking, trust and relationship building. Dr. Mona shared her “why” and encourage our leaders to take the time to identify and understand their own “why” and then, to stay connected to it every day in a way that will propel one to do the right thing even when it is hard and uncomfortable. The conversation with Dr. Mona was facilitated by our founder, Janine Mason, and focused on many of the values of the Network, including reciprocity, trust, belonging and continual learning.
This was the first Author’s Insights that was held online. The program was carefully designed to create a community feel and as much personal interaction as possible. Members were able to interact with Dr. Mona and ask questions as part of the program. Much of the program feedback focused on how hopeful and inspired members felt after hearing from Dr. Mona. “This was good medicine” was the how one participant captured the event. Other leaders commented that the time was “enlightening and motivating”.
Dr. Mona and FLNSD share a practice of using poetry as a teaching tool. Featured in the first chapter of her book, she tells the story of the poem by Bertolt Brecht “A Worker’s Speech to a Doctor” (1938) and how she uses it to help her residents understand that underlying causes can harm and impact patients. Dr. Mona believes we can’t serve people or causes without first understanding history and its broad implications on the present situation. This is a key leadership capacity for both doctors and nonprofit leaders. Each Network member received a copy of this poem to remind them of this lesson. Dr. Mona also has her residents visit nonprofit organizations to further expand their community knowledge of services and challenges. As part of our discussion, the group explored ways nonprofit leaders and medical professionals can continue to work together to support neighborhoods.
Having our books signed by our guest author is a tradition at Author’s Insights and we weren’t about to let COVID-19 put an end to this practice. Much gratitude goes to Dr. Mona for generously signing book plates for all in attendance so they may add it to their own copy of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
In gratitude to Dr. Mona, we presented her a Fieldstone Cairn. Our hope it that each time she sees it, it will remind her of our appreciation and our support as she continues to mark a path of true, authentic and communal leadership for all.
FLNSD is currently hosting five leadership reading groups. The next group will begin in September 2021 with registration in Spring 2021. For more information, visit the program tab on our website.Read More
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.