Community Perspectives

EPIP LA | Investing in Yourself

"We often think of investing in terms of dollars and cents and though financial investments are important, investing in ourselves goes beyond monetary measures. As we progress through the various stages of our careers, there are always opportunities for improvement, but these can only be realized if we commit to seeing them through." Read more and to download the framework and tools by EPIP LA >>>

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Webinar Recap - Welcome to EPIP 2017

Originally aired January 11, 2017.

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EPIP DC | A Message from the chapter Co-Chairs:

A message from Kelly Trop & Tyler Nickerson.

"We find ourselves in this political moment with more questions than answers. Our strategies need evaluation. Our policy goals need readjustment. The constituencies we support are more vulnerable than before.  Many of us were already moving against the grain towards a more just and equitable society, and the path just got a lot tougher.

In many ways, the election cemented what we already knew: local actions and community are more important than ever to achieving deep impact. Local philanthropies’ working together, as a DMV Region, will be even more critical and necessary. As a local sector, we must continue to find ways to move from independence to inter-dependence." [...Read more...]

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EPIP San Diego | Reflections on - The Next Frontier in Social Impact Measurement Isn't Measurement at All

Reflections from local steering committee chair James Halliday's moderation of an EPIP WednesdayWebinar.

 

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EPIP LA | Mentor Program Reflections

While Talitha James didn’t have any set expectations when she applied for the EPIP Mentoring program in Los Angeles, she had already heard enthusiastic recommendations about it.

“…[I] knew that whoever I was matched with could add value to my professional career path,” Talitha shared. 

And for our cohort of 2016, the feeling was mutual. 

None of us were entirely sure what to expect. We all hoped we might spark a connection, build a relationship, and glean a nugget or two professional insight. [...]

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Webinar Recap — Institutional Philanthropy & Grassroots Fundraising: A Match Made for Movement-Building

Originally aired December 14, 2016.

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Guest Post — Eliminating Implicit Bias in Grantmaking Practice

Some of philanthropy’s core practices may unwittingly be leading funders to perpetuate the inequities they’re trying to eliminate. Read more here from Arabella Advisors on how to eliminate implicit bias, including a checklist of potential actions. 

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Webinar Recap - Advocacy in Grantmaking - working together for impact

Originally aired November 9, 2016.

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Facing Race Reflections

"It was 3:43am on Wednesday, November 9 when I awoke from a dead sleep and looked at my phone to see the election results. As I tried to clear my eyes and refresh the page, a sense of sheer devastation washed over me. When I woke up again a few hours later, I looked to confirm the results. How could this possibly happen? What is going to happen in the world now? At work I felt a sense of relief to be able to share these fears and feelings of despair. Then came a small sense of reassurance. I am so privileged to be surrounded by like-minded, progressive, forward thinking, deeply concerned colleagues who are committed to serving the world through social justice and by putting our faith in collective action through our work with the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.

Immediately upon arriving to Race Forward’s Facing Race conference, the energy in the air was palpable with more than 2,000 people present. ..."

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Facing Race Reflections

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Once in Atlanta, you couldn’t help but feel all the amazing energy from the people attending the conference. At the opening ceremony I was able to connect with the numerous folks from Chicago who had made the trip to attend the conference which buoyed my spirits!  It is always great to connect with Chicago folks outside of Chicago (even if we struggle to connect when in Chicago). Connecting with the EPIP delegation for dinner on Friday evening was one highlight of the conference. While many of us had never met, we were able to create a sense of community, share our insights and experiences, and really begin to develop ways we could stay connected, support each other and work together after the conference.

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