Since 1996, San Francisco-based Community Initiatives has been supporting community projects, ideas, and partnerships with fiscal sponsorship. With the support of shared 501(c)3 status, and back office services like financial management, human resources, and grant management, sponsored projects can focus on what matters most—delivering public good to communities.

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November Featured Project: Women in Security and Privacy (WISP)

Women in Security and Privacy (WISP) strives to help women achieve the level of education and skills required to succeed in computer security and electronic privacy positions across industries. The WISP team achieves their mission via multiple key initiatives: education, career advancement, mentoring and networking, leadership cultivation, and independent research on recruitment, retention, and advancement. Currently, WISP is focused on expanding two successful programs: 1) WISP Tandems is a peer-to-peer mentorship program that connects security and privacy professionals who have different backgrounds and expertise. The Tandems program, based on a set of principles to help participants maintain a fruitful partnership, is bolstered by an active LinkedIn group. 2) WISP and The Equal Respect Initiative have partnered to launch an Equal Respect Speakers' Bureau, designed to foster diversity and to facilitate speaking engagements for women globally.

Since joining the Community Initiatives family this past June, WISP has hit the ground running with robust career-focused events. Up next: on November 7 the group will host Interviewing with Impact at LinkedIn’s San Francisco office and on November 16 the topic will be Salary Negotiations, location pending. Follow WISP on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.