April 23, 2024

🗽Live from NYC!

Kathy Reich, Director, BUILD at the Ford Foundation

April 24 | 6:30pm ET | In-Person & Virtual

Our April Town Hall will feature Kathy Reich ’93, Director of the Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD) initiative at the Ford Foundation. BUILD is a 12-year, $2B global initiative supporting nonprofits fighting inequality. Kathy will share thoughts on how foundations make funding decisions as well as her insights into the latest trends in trust-based philanthropy.

Dr. Azita Emami, Dean of the Yale School of Nursing

May 29 | 6:30pm ET – In-Person (Yale Club of NYC) & via Zoom

Learn the fascinating journey of the new dean of the Yale School of Nursing and her bold vision for the school.

📰 YANA UPDATES

Creating Change through Social Entrepreneurship

Yale SOM Professor Teresa Chahine’s free online course teaches participants how to create change by defining a problem and building a solution while understanding concepts like measuring social change, ensuring financial viability, funding and pitching.

If you’ve ever wondered “what it would be like to create real change,” Teresa Chahine, Sheila and Ron ‘92 B.A. Marcelo Senior Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at Yale’s School of Management, can tell you. In her 16-hour online course, “Creating Change through Social Entrepreneurship,” Chahine draws on her research for her book, Building Impact Step by Step, which offers tools to characterize and advance social and environmental determinants of health.

At Harvard, Chahine launched the social entrepreneurship program on public health. The Lebanese native also launched the first venture philanthropy program in her home country, providing tailored financing and critical management support to social organizations serving marginalized populations, particularly with education and job creation for youth and women.

Her expertise in financing, measuring, and scaling social impact has been sought by corporate, governmental, academic, and non-profit organizations, including the EPA, the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, Malaysian Directors Academy, and Amani Institute in Brazil. Her global efforts have earned her the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s inaugural Elizabeth T Weintz humanitarian research award as well as the T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s emerging leader in public health.

Her latest course distills the research of decades into manageable modules with quizzes. Those interested in obtaining a certificate pay a small fee ($49) which is shareable on LinkedIn. See Coursera for more on this unique opportunity to learn from a pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship.

Nonprofit Consortium

Nonprofit Executive Directors are invited to join YANA’s monthly Leaders Consortium. It is an opportunity to share challenges and learn from each other and from experts on topics ranging from building your board, to creating a sense of belonging and community, and diversifying your revenue streams.

The Consortium will feature a roundtable discussion on Adjusting Narrative for the Times on Friday, May 17 at noon ET.

If you are interested in participating, please email Rachel Littman

Yale Day of Service – Ways to Make a Difference

Explore three of many opportunities still open for registration in San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City. To see what’s available in your community, click here. 

a CA–San Francisco: PROJECT OPEN HAND.
Thursday, May 9 at 12:15 PM- 3:30 PM (3.25 hours)

Established in 1985 by Ruth Brinker, Project Open Hand is a founding partner of the Food Is Medicine Coalition (FIMC), a volunteer association of nonprofit, medically-tailored and nutrition services. The mission is to provide warm, nutritious meals with love to seniors and adults with disabilities fighting hunger.

Along with God’s Love, We Deliver in New York City, Community Servings in Boston, and Project Angel Heart in Denver, among others, the FIMC supports research on the efficacy of food and nutrition services on health outcomes and medical costs. Some five million Americans suffer from congestive heart failure, for instance, leading to an estimated $35 billion in healthcare costs. Project Open Hand partnered with UCSF researchers to demonstrate the healing power of nutritious food among those with life-threatening and critical illnesses.

For more on Project Open Hand, see: www.openhand.org

MI–Detroit: DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Saturday, May 18 at 11 AM- 1 PM

The Yale Club of Michigan will team up with the Detroit Historical Museum to clean the windows in its extraordinary exhibition, “The Streets of Old Detroit,” an interactive tour experience depicting shops which populated Detroit in its early history.

In 2021, the Detroit Historical Society celebrated 100 years of supporting historical scholarship, preservation, and education. Today, the Society manages the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and Detroit Historical Museum while caring for a collection of more than 250,000 historical artifacts.

Other exhibitions include: 1) Thirty-Five/20, which celebrates the determination and triumph of the “Detroit Bad Boys” and the “Goin’ to Work” Pistons, 2) Detroit Brewing Heritage, and 3) 1975 AMC Pacer, nicknamed “fishbowl on wheels.” With an interior as large as a Cadillac Eldorado, the Pacer was the brainchild of Dick Teague, and became the hottest car of 1975.

For more on Detroit Historical Museum, see: www.detroithistorical.org

NY-Bronx (Crotona Park East): CHRISTODORA
Saturday, May 11 at 10 AM- 2 PM

“Nature, Learning, Leadership” are the founding principles of Christodora, the oldest continuously active nonprofit organization (since 1897!) to provide opportunities for youth to learn about the environment and experience the natural world firsthand. Christodora believes that direct contact with nature is transformative.

Originally a nonsectarian settlement house, Christodora is credited with launching the career of social reformer Harry L. Hopkins, adviser to Franklin D Roosevelt and architect of New Deal programs, hosting George Gershwin’s first public concert, and helping countless Americans adjust to life in a new country. The Christodora House gave hope and direction to thousands of low-income New Yorkers by empowering them to help themselves and their neighbors.

Today, Christadora builds on that tradition to serve 2000 motivated New York City students per year, encouraging positive academic and developmental growth through stimulating educational and challenging outdoor programs. 

The impact of such programs is significant and quantifiable: 1) 88% of students camp for the first time at the Manice Education Center, 2) A 5:1 student-to-staff ratio ensures that students develop strong, close bonds of trust over time, 3) 91% of students learn that a “good leader uses different leadership styles to be effective in different situations” and 4) the program has a 98% satisfaction rating from school personnel for the field trip program.

Christodora’s environmental educators visit public schools to teach a customized 7-week environmental science curriculum. Weekend urban ecology and community service programs at the New York Botanical Gardens allow students to experience nature outside a classroom setting. And at the 85-acre Manice Education Center in the Berkshires, young people who might not ordinarily have the opportunity to travel experience nature beyond New York City.

For more, on Christodora, see www.christodora.org

💼 JOB OPENING

YANA Seeks Part-Time Executive Director

JOB DESCRIPTION

YANA (Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance) is a dynamic community of Yale alums dedicated to advancing positive social change. There are now more than 180,000 Yale alums globally and we estimate that 2 out of 3 are involved in mission-driven work, whether nonprofit leaders, board members, volunteers, donors, or conscious capitalists. YANA’s mission is to organize and leverage this powerful community of change makers for the greater good.

YANA is at a critical moment in our organizational journey. Since our founding in 2011, we have grown our membership base to more than 8,000 and have supported lives of impact in countless ways through introductions, internships, fellowships, and providing access to funding and best practices. However, we have also reached the limits of a volunteer staff and are now ready to engage the services of a nonprofit professional to lead YANA.

Toward this end, YANA is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic leader to serve as our Executive Director, focusing on fundraising and operations. This is a part-time role with the potential to evolve into a full-time position. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall responsibility for the execution of YANA’s mission, with the assistance of a paid part-time communications director. You can find the full job description at this link.

If you or someone in your network might have an interest in exploring this exciting new opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to YANA’s Interim Executive Director Lisa Rieger, at Lrrieger1@gmail.com.

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Discounted Theater Tickets & Get-Together

May 5 | 12:30pm PT – In-Person (Bartlett Hall) & Toni Rembe Theater 

Join us for an afternoon of theater with fellow Yalies on Sunday, May 5, at ACT (the American Conservatory Theater). The matinee performance of A Strange Loop features Yale alums Montana Levi Blanco (costume design, DGSD ‘15), Nailah Harper-Malveaux (Associate Director YC ’16), and Edmond O’Neal (production stage manager DGSD ’21). Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, blisteringly funny work of art exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes.

Join Sarah Williams of YANA SF/Bay Area before the performance at 12:30 PM at Bartlett Hall for snacks and drinks. The play will be followed by an audience exchange with the cast and members of the artistic team.

To receive the special discount price of $50 purchase tickets by April 29 here or call the box office: use code YALE.

From last November’s historic teacher strike in Portland Public Schools to reports of major budget shortfalls in several districts, school funding, class size, and educational outcomes have become a daily topic of conversation across Oregon. At the same time, recent data showed that Oregon is the only state in the nation where students have fallen further behind after the influx of state and federal funds meant to help them catch up after the post-Covid emergency. Particularly stark were the widening test score gaps between wealthy school districts and those serving poorer, traditionally underserved students.

Join a panel of experts for an essential conversation about the future of education in Oregon:

    • Peyton Chapman, Principal of Lincoln High School
    • Mark Hass, Former Oregon State Senator
    • Sarah Pope, Executive Director of Stand for Children Oregon
    • Natalie Pate (moderator), K-12 Education Reporter and Producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Caribbean Nurses Securing Global Health

May 15 | 6:00 PM ET – Virtual

Dr. Oscar Noel Ocho

Dr. Oscar Noel Ocho

Director - University of the West Indies School of Nursing

Dr. Paulette Cash

Dr. Paulette Cash

President of the Caribbean Nurses Organization

Nester Edwards

Nester Edwards

Chief Nursing Officer & Chairperson of Regional Nursing Body

Dr. Tatiana Sadak

Dr. Tatiana Sadak

Deputy Dean – Yale School of Nursing

Join us for an enlightening webinar on “Caribbean Nurses Securing Global Health” as we delve into the vital contributions from pioneers like Mary Seacole in the Crimean War, to the current endeavors of Caribbean nurse leaders in the context of global healthcare.

This webinar offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into the invaluable role nurses and nurse leaders play in promoting health equity, health policy, education, and addressing disparities on a global scale.

Whether you are a healthcare professional, student, or simply passionate about global health, this webinar promises to be both informative and inspiring.

Don’t miss out—reserve your spot today and be part of this enriching conversation!