• Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 32 rsvps
    Exponent Philanthropy in Washington, DC

    EPIP DC | Documentary Screening Series


    September 19th Screening: Girl Rising

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    Nine girls. Nine stories of courage.

    Our film, Girl Rising, spotlights the unforgettable stories of girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams.

    Directed by Academy Award Nominee, Richard E. Robbins, written by acclaimed female writers, and voiced by acclaimed actresses including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway and more, Girl Rising proves that one girl with courage is a revolution.

    Join EPIP DC throughout the year as we screen three groundbreaking documentaries – Before the Flood, 13th and Girl Rising. This three-part series explores themes that challenge systems of power, including environmental justice, discrimination and criminal justice reform, and girls’ education and empowerment. We hope these screenings will encourage us to lean into the uncomfortable and provide us with an opportunity to discuss issues we all care about.

    • Each film will start promptly at 6:10 pm and will be followed by open dialogue.
    • Light refreshments will be provided.

    Bring a friend or colleague to join for an evening of film and conversation.

    *NOTE: Girl Rising is our last scheduled screening for the year. If you are interested in hosting your own screening, please contact 



  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 08:30 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada) · 14 rsvps
    Fluid Coffee Bar in Denver, CO

    EPIP CO Coffee Chat | Dissonance and Disconnects

    You’re invited to EPIP-CO’s fall Coffee Chat! RSVP here as space is limited. We’ll be at Fluid Coffee House from 8:30am-10:00am to chat about EPIP’s Dissonance and Disconnects Report. The report is based on a survey of entry-and mid-level foundation staff, and discusses their experiences and challenges in the field of philanthropy. A few key findings:

    • Only 22% of respondents see a future for themselves at their institutions
    • Only 21% of respondents perceive the culture of philanthropy to be inclusive of all backgrounds
    • Only 51% of respondents perceive philanthropy to be an effective player in social change

    Where do your experiences fall in the context of the survey’s questions? What can we do to support each other in improving these stats? What do they mean for our work?

    Come discuss the report and what it means for yourself and the future of philanthropy, while meeting people and drinking something delicious. Arrive between 8:30am-9:00am, grab a cuppa or a snack, and get to know some new folks (or catch up with old friends). We’ll start our discussion at 9:00am, and finish at 10:00am.

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 20 rsvps

    EPIP New York |Wine and Whine: A Monthly Unloading Series

    A new monthly, off-the-record, no holds barred venting session. Join your fellow tired, frustrated, confused, enlightened, and all the feelings in between, EPIPers for a night of unloading. Sometimes you just need to whine to people who understand what it's like. Come once, come many times, and remember, what is said and seen at Wine & Whine, stays at Wine & Whine!

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 76 rsvps

    EPIP Briefing: "Dissonance and Disconnects" Report

    Please join us for a briefing on EPIP's recent report: Dissonance & Disconnects: How entry- and mid-level foundation staff see their futures, their institutions, and their field. The report examines the thoughts and feelings of early- and mid- career practitioners on philanthropy and their futures in it. Themes include participants’ experiences at work, the alignment between their institutions’ practices and their values, and how participants see their futures in the sector.

    This Briefing is For:

    • Early- and mid- career practitioners interested in understanding their own experience relative to that of their peers
    • Senior leaders at foundations and philanthropy-serving organizations interested in staff engagement, equity and social justice, and organizational learning and effectiveness

    During The Briefing, We Will:

    • Summarize the report's findings
    • Take questions about the report and what it could mean for you and for your organization, and
    • Get your thoughts on how foundations are already acting on these issues and what could be done better.
  • Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    Lost & Found Beer Garden in Oakland, CA

    EPIP Bay Area | October Article Club

    Article Club: Dissonance & Disconnects

    Join EPIP for our next article club on Wednesday, October 3rd, 5:30-7pm at Lost and Found in Oakland.

    We will dig into EPIP’s latest report, Dissonance & Disconnects, which examines the professional and personal experiences of early-and mid-career practitioners in philanthropy and how they see (or don't see) their futures in the sector.

    A few key findings:

    • Only 22% of respondents see a future for themselves at their institutions

    • Only 21% of respondents perceive the culture of philanthropy to be inclusive of all backgrounds

    • Only 51% of respondents perceive philanthropy to be an effective player in social change

    Where do your experiences fall? What can we do to support each other in improving these stats? What do they mean for our work?

    Grab a drink and contribute to a constructive conversation about how we can better engage, manage, and cultivate diverse talent in the philanthropic sector. 

    We encourage you to read the report in advance or join EPIP's special briefing webinar on Thursday September 27th at 12pm-1pm PT (Info and RSVP).

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 at 11:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada)

    EPIP STL | Organizing for Justice: A Skill-Building Workshop for Funders

    Join EPIP St. Louis for a half-day skill-building session in community organizing! This training is a step for EPIP St. Louis and its membership to activate social justice and impact alongside our partners. We believe building our skills in community organizing is an important step for the philanthropic sector to become ready for real change. Understanding the tools and process of community organizing will help us be better equipped to support inclusive community action. This kind of civic engagement is key to developing and supporting lasting solutions to issues facing communities and presents the unique and essential role funders can play. Not only is it important that funders support organizations who engage in community organizing, advocacy and policy work, but it is important for us to organize as a sector to support our grantees, partners, and communities involved in change movements. 

    The training, facilitated by local community organizer Jessica Wernli, will be interactive and introduce the fundamental principles and models of organizing. Attendees DO NOT need to have previous experience in community organizing! Please see more information about Jessica below. 

    Space is limited to 30 people. Please bring your lunch! EPIP St. Louis will provide snacks and dessert. 

    Your Voice Matters!

    We ask that you fill out this survey to weigh-in to help shape our training. Knowing your level of knowledge and background in this topic, what you hope to receive from this will be very valuable in helping us to shape a training that is most beneficial to our membership. 

    About the Facilitator: Jessica Wernli

    Jessica Wernli has lived in St. Louis for over six years, working alongside communities throughout the region to effectively use their collective voice and participate in decision-making on the local, state, and national level. 

    Jessica first moved to St. Louis to serve as Director of United Congregations of Metro-East (UCM), a grassroots organization made up of faith-based institutions that tackled social justice issues such as equity in education and the workforce, and restorative justice practices. During her four years there, she led a national campaign to update federal hiring regulations to make way for the infrastructure workforce to be reflective of our communities and more inclusive of women and minorities.

    For two years, Jessica worked with Social Innovation STL where she challenged stakeholders throughout the region to consider new and creative ways to better meet the needs of traditionally under resourced and overlooked organizations, such as nonprofits led by people of color, neighborhood associations, and small grassroots organizations.

    Jessica now works as an independent consultant, partnering with nonprofits and community stakeholders to promote and cultivate resident engagement and community organizing.

    Jessica has her Masters in Social Work from University of Illinois in Chicago. She has a certification for facilitation from both the Leadership Strategies Institute as well as the Interaction Institute for Social Change.