ED Happy Hour

I recommend all EDs and CEOs (past, present, and in-recovery) to join the EDHH Facebook Group, which is a virtual community for nonprofit executive leaders. It’s an amazing group of very supportive individuals who are also hilarious. Go there to ask questions, seek advice, give advice, and realize that you are not alone. There is a vetting process, so if your title is not obvious in your FB profile or LinkedIn page, it may take a long time. 

Meanwhile, there are also in-person meetings of EDs/CEOs. It is usually a time one a month for us EDs to get together and discuss capacity building, cultural competency, and best practices.

JUST KIDDING!!! It’s just a bunch of EDs getting together to drink and complain about stuff. Well, and also to talk about ED standards of conduct, like these 13 EDiquette every ED should follow. If you’re in Seattle or there-about, we meet on the second Friday of each month from 4pm to 7pm. Sign up for the mailing list and get reminders.

If you’re not in Seattle, think about opening a branch on EDHH in your City. There are branches now popping up in different city, but unfortunately I haven’t really been able to track them. Here’s the TOOLKIT in case you want to open a branch. The kit is just a guide. The only three rules to be an official EDHH branch are: You can’t charge members anything to attend, you can’t have a formal agenda, and you must only allow in EDs/CEOs and former EDs/CEOs.

  • vgnagel

    I’d love to participate, but the airfare to Seattle isn’t in my budget. How can we create a virtual happy hour?

    • Vu

      Vici, I’m working on an EDHH toolkit, so that EDHH can spread all over the world. You should start an ED Happy Hour group in Phelan, CA.

      • vgnagel

        GREAT idea!

  • Claire Petersky forwarded me this link.

    I’m transitioning into an ED roll with a local 501 c 3

    I am not the ED yet (no funding but that is the plan for me) but discovered that the prior ED had left and I was the only paid staff when I was given the ED email address and informed that capacity building, fundraising, etc… is all mine. (no stress there… right?)

    I have the email address, but not the official title yet, and I most certainly have the responsibility and stress, but am still not sure if I quite “qualify” to join your group (which looks insanely wonderful)

    • Vu

      Hi Lisa. You sound like an ED. Email me at vu.le at vfaseattle.org and I’ll add you to the ED list. You won’t be able to earn ED points or get ED merit badges until you officially become an ED, but you can certain come to EDHH.

  • Vu,

    I’m the Executive Director of a not for profit in Durham-Chapel Hill and I love your blog. I’ve begun sharing it with my staff. I write my own weekly message to the community and it’s murder to do—I call it my deal with the devil. I’d love to share that with you and to keep in touch.

    Keep up the great work,
    Steve Schauder

    Executive Director
    Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill
    1937 West Cornwallis Road, Durham NC 27705
    Office: 919.354.4936
    http://www.ShalomDCH.org / http://www.LevinJCC.org

    • Vu

      Thanks for commenting, Steve. I’ve read through some of your Weekly Wows, and you guys do a lot. Let me know if you’d like to be on the EDHH mailing list. It’s fun, even if you can’t come to them.

  • Rebecca Lane

    I’m an ED in recovery. I sure wish I had known about EDHH before I threw in the towel and took a plain ol fundraising job!

    • Rebecca, I’m sorry this reply is so late. I’m sorry also that you threw in the towel. First of all, EDs are rare. And also, towels are expensive. I hope you’ll come back to our noble profession, like a phoenix rising out of the ashes.

  • Chris Wilder

    We full-on, totally do this in Silicon Valley. Except that we do it at noon, once a month. Also, there’s no cocktails. Hm. Maybe we suck at this.

  • We’re starting an EDHH in NYC! Last Friday of every month from 5-8 pm starting March 27 – and we will definitely have end-of-the-week cocktails. Write me at judy@causeeffective.org if you’re an interested NYC ED!

  • Jan Holder

    Is there an EDHH in Tucson? There should be. We drink a lot of tequila.

  • DBChen

    I guess I’m an ED-emeritus. Back when I was an ED, I organized 2 ED support groups, basically friends in 2 different but intersecting fields. Anyway, they definitely were happy hours except for one that started as a breakfast meeting and then then stretched into lunch. It was so valuable to have that time with peers who understand the pressures of being in the vice between board, staff, volunteers, donors, community, and partners, not to mention the work-life balance thing.

  • Alison Brewin

    We have a breakfast for women ED’s monthly and its great, but not as light-hearted. we should be more light-hearted.