Next Generation

Are you part of the Next Generation in philanthropy?

The Next Gen programme gives a new generation of professionals in philanthropy a unique chance to interact with leading philanthropy practitioners from Europe and around the world, and form lasting networks with their peers. Next Gens are newcomers to the sector – those either at the start of their professional careers or those who are making a career change from other sectors.

Next Gen Virtual Mentorship Programme 2020 

Traditionally the Next Gen programme takes place at the EFC’s annual conference. This year, with the postponement of the conference, we are moving one of the components of the Next Gen programme to the virtual space. Virtual Mentorship, an activity of the Next Gen programme, matches Next Gens with more experienced philanthropy practitioners for a constructive conversation during 2020. The mentees benefit from professional development through one-on-one coaching sessions.

The aim of the mentorship is to positively influence the mentees’ careers, help mentors give back to the philanthropic community, and enhance supportive relationships between philanthropy professionals.

The 10 mentees and 10 mentors for Next Gen 2020 have been selected. See below for information on the Next Gen 2021 edition.

More about the programme

Who can become a mentee?

  • Works for an EFC member
  • Has less than 4 years of professional experience in the philanthropy field
  • Has the support of their supervisor to participate in the programme
  • Is willing to dedicate one hour per month

Who can become a mentor?

  • Works for an EFC member
  • Has a minimum of 10 years’ experience in philanthropy field
  • Is interested in sharing perspectives and experiences which mentees wouldn’t otherwise have access to
  • Is willing to dedicate one hour per month

How can the mentorship be beneficial also for mentors?

By mentoring a Next Gen, philanthropy participants will be able to:

  • Contribute to the professionalisation of the philanthropy sector and development of a supportive ecosystem
  • Hear fresh perspectives from newcomers, get inspired and reboot their idealism
  • Learn what Next Gens are concerned and excited about to better connect with newcomers in their own organisations
  • Develop their mentoring skills

How will the mentorship work?

  1. The EFC matches mentees with a mentor based on their shared interests and gets confirmation from both sides.
  2. The mentor is provided with the following information: mentee’s background, areas of interest, learning question(s) and ways in which the mentee would like to be supported. The mentee is provided with the mentor’s short bio as well as areas of interest and expertise.
  3. The mentorship session takes place in the form of a video meeting. The EFC presents on-boarding information and provides guidelines for mentors and mentees.
  4. Monthly calls are arranged individually between mentors and mentees. Mentoring conversations focus on career advice and professional advancement that can lead to professional success and personal improvement. The EFC provides mentees with a monthly self-evaluation form to track progress and make adjustments as needed.
  5. Mentees will have the possibility to connect with other mentees by attending webinars and one networking event the EFC will be hosting during the year.

Timeline for Next Gen 2020

13 – 24 April: Mentor-mentee pairs introduced via email

26 April – 8 May: Introduction call

From mid-May onwards: Monthly calls

November 2020: Joint event for mentors & mentees

Dec 2020: End of programme & feedback survey

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 edition are closed. Please check back in the spring of 2021 for information on how to apply for Next Gen 2021.

About the Next Gen programme held during EFC annual conferences
Next edition 2021!

The Next Gen programme takes place once per year over the course of the EFC’s annual conference, a key event that brings 650 philanthropy professionals together. The next EFC annual conference will take place in May 2021.

Throughout the 3 days of the EFC conference, Next Gen participants can use the learning opportunities during the event to find answers to fundamental questions they might have as newcomers to the field. This includes exchanges with peers, learning from veterans in the field and attending knowledge sharing sessions. The programme gives access to the entire conference and includes exclusive activities tailored to the needs of each participant.

What can you get out of the Next Gen Programme?

The Next Gen Programme gives you a chance to:

  • Exchange with peers about what it means to be a professional in philanthropy and which development opportunities may be available
  • Meet and build relationships with peers and more experienced professionals in the wider EFC network
  • Get constructive feedback from senior participants through one-on-one mentoring
  • Be an active participant at the EFC annual conference

What do Next Gens do during the programme?

Pre-conference: The learning cycle begins before the conference when Next Gen participants start thinking about what specific challenges they need to address to be effective change agents in philanthropy field, and what support they need in tapping their potential.

Day 1: The pre-conference self-reflection is taken to the next level with the start of the conference where Next Gens meet one another and build bridges by identifying common interests, needs, and aspirations. On the same day, Next Gens connect with their mentors and discuss the issues that are important to the mentee.

Day 2: Next Gens hear from a philanthropy leader who tells what it takes to create change, sharing their personal career path, advice on professional development and life-long learning as well as change management and insights about the philanthropy field over a group lunch.

Day 3: Next Gens have a group reflection to revisit their learning goals for the conference and what additional support they need for furthering their professional growth in the philanthropy sector and taking a deeper dive into the topics they explored during the conference to close the learning circle.

More details on the specific Next Gen activities:

  • Community building session which will help participants reflect on where they stand, what they have to offer to others, and what support they need, all of which helps them set goals for themselves and make connections with others to lay the groundwork for building a supportive community.
  • Lunch Exchange with Alumni enables the Next Gens to engage in conversations about the challenges of entering into a new sector and to develop personal strategies to address them.
  • Words of Wisdom brings together the Next Gens with a leader in the sector who gives advice based on their wide experience in philanthropy.
  • Coffee with Next Gen is a dedicated networking space to facilitate exchanges and making contact between Next Gens and other conference delegates.
  • Networking events such as the Welcome cocktail and dinners where Next Gens have a chance to connect with participants from their focus areas with facilitation from the EFC team.

What is the mini-mentorship?

The mini-mentorship, an activity of the Next Gen programme, matches Next Gens with more experienced philanthropy practitioners for a constructive conversation during the EFC’s annual conference. The mentees benefit from professional development through one-on-one coaching sessions.

The aim of the mini-mentorship is to create a positive influence on the mentees’ careers, help mentors give back to the philanthropic community, and enhance supportive relationships between philanthropy professionals.

Who is Next Gen for?

Next Gen is for 10-12 newcomers to the sector – those either at the start of their professional careers or those who are making a career change from other sectors. To be eligible, participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Work for an EFC member
  • Less than 4 years of professional experience in the philanthropy field
  • Have not attended a previous EFC AGA and Conference
  • Have the support of their supervisor to participate in the programme
  • Are comfortable in the conference working language (English)

In selecting participants, the EFC will seek to ensure diversity. Participation may be limited to one representative per organisation.

Costs

Your foundation is expected to cover your registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Applications for 2021

Due to the postponement of the 2020 AGA and Conference, the face-to-face Next Gen Programme will not take place this year. The next edition will take place at the 2021 AGA and Conference, and applications will open in the beginning of 2021 – stay tuned!

The Next Generation programme is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to improving peer-learning and connection among its members. Learn more about the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022.

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