Events

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) · 8 rsvps
    St. Louis MHB in St. Louis, MO

    EPIP STL | October Lunch & Learn

    In 2018, on every 4th Tuesday of the month, different members of our EPIP St. Louis community will lead monthly discussion on a particular topic or article. Grab a friend, bring your lunch and come prepared to meet new people and discuss ways to move the sector forward. EPIP St. Louis will provide snacks and deserts. 


    Join EPIP St. Louis to discuss the recently released EPIP National report, Dissonance & Disconnects: How entry- and mid-level foundation staff see their futures, their institutions, and their field. The report, which examines the thoughts and feelings of early and mid-career practitioners in philanthropy and their futures in it, focuses on themes including:

    • Participants’ experiences at work
    • Alignment between their institutions’ practices and their values and
    • How participants see their futures in the sector

    Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprising, only 40% of respondents believe their institutions are in touch with the needs of the communities they support and 55% see themselves leaving philanthropy in the next few years.

    In recent years, our country has faced rising tensions across racial, social, and political lines. Virtually every issue in which philanthropy is active — education, environment, climate, LGBTQ rights, immigration, healthcare, and more — has been affected in some way. Early and mid-career practitioners are poised to help philanthropy navigate this current moment. They are powerful assets to their institutions — if their institutions can meaningfully engage them. We will explore how the report may reflect our own experiences and consider how to engage in conversations with leadership about foundation practices to better unlock talent and align values.

    Click here to download the report. Hope to see you there! 


  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · 7 rsvps
    Metta Fund in San Francisco, CA

    EPIP Bay Area | Open House

    If you're interested in getting more involved with EPIP, we invite you to attend our open Steering Committee meeting! If you can't attend, RSVP anyway, and we'll contact you about next steps.

    Ready to apply? Learn more about eligibility, expectations, and roles here.

    Facebook | @EPIPBayArea

    Add to Calendar 10/24/2018 05:30 PM 10/24/2018 07:00 PM EPIP Bay Area | Open House If you're interested in getting more involved with EPIP, we invite you to attend our open Steering Committee meeting. Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J3ZTXH6 Metta Fund, 850 Battery St, Ste 500, San Francisco, CA EPIP Bay Area bayarea@epip.org false MM/DD/YYYY 60
  • Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · 15 rsvps
    Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA

    EPIP LA | EPIPhany Hour at the Natural History Museum


    Join EPIP LA on a private tour of the Natural History Museum’s newly-transformed Becoming Los Angeles exhibit, which tells the 500-year saga of how Los Angeles transformed from a tiny pueblo to a sprawling metropolis. Following the tour, we will have the chance to mingle over lunch, hosted by EPIP.

    Listen to what Angelenos are saying about what Los Angeles means to them -

    Parking is $12. We encourage you to take the Expo Line, if possible.

    Space is limited for this event, so make sure to sign up today!

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 43 rsvps
    Democracy Fund in Washington, DC

    EPIP DC | Exploring the History of Racism and Wealth Creation in Philanthropy

    Join us for a discussion on the role racism has played in wealth creation in America and how that ties to the philanthropic sector. Our featured panelists will dig into this topic bringing their expertise in the history of racism and racial equity in philanthropy. This conversation will be moderated by EPIP DC Steering Committee member, Erika Hawthorne.

    Our featured Panelists:

    Dr. Jules P. Harrell has been a professor of clinical psychology at Howard University for 30 years and is a researcher in the field of the effects of stress and racism on the health of African Americans. In 2008, Harrell won the Exemplary Mentoring Award from Howard University's Faculty Senate. His research interests include psychometrics and psychology of racism, personality theories, assessment, and research, and psychophysiology. Harrell's 1999 book, Manichean Psychology: Racism and the Minds of People of African Descent, underscores the detrimental psychological outcomes of racism in African Americans.

    Dr. Jessica Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. Her work focuses on ensuring that leaders across all sectors in the field of philanthropy have the knowledge, skills, and capacity to integrate health into their programmatic and investment decisions using a racial equity and antiracism lens. Prior to becoming faculty at American, Dr. Young was a Program Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, focusing on addressing the health barriers related to early academic success.

    Have a question you would like the panel to address? Email the moderator at ehawthorne1117@gmail.com, or post your question in the comments section below. 

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada) · $5.00 USD

    EPIP CO | Leadership Journeys Luncheon

    Please join the Colorado Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy as we bring together two of Colorado’s philanthropic leaders to hear about their journey into philanthropy and their path to leadership. Are you curious to know more about leadership within philanthropy?  Do you wonder how equity and social justice play a role, or not, in advancing philanthropic efforts in our state?  Lauren Casteel (CEO, Women’s Foundation of Colorado) and Tom Gougeon (President, Gates Family Foundation) will give us the inside scoop on how they got where they are today – the good, the bad, the ugly of philanthropy in Colorado.   

    Lauren Casteel has been the CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado since 2015.  Prior to the Women’s Foundation, Lauren served at the Denver Foundation for 16 years, most recently as the Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships.  Lauren also served as the Executive Director of The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and previously spent six years at The Hunt Alternatives Fund as the Executive Director, then as President.

    Tom Gougeon has been the President of the Gates Family Foundation since 2010.  Before Gates, Tom spent time with Continuum Partners, LLC where he was the Chief Development Officer and advanced their mission to develop and operate mixed use and transit oriented real estate projects.  Tom was also the CEO of the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation and served in the Mayor’s Office in the City and County of Denver.

    Come learn more about these two dynamic leaders and their honest perspectives on philanthropy across the state. Tickets are $5.00 and will help cover the cost of a simple and filling lunch! Free parking is available in The Colorado Health Foundation's lot directly south of the building, and there is free street parking surrounding the building.

    You do not need to be an EPIP member to attend! We welcome anyone from the philanthropic community to attend.

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · $20.00 USD · 6 rsvps
    Philanthropy New York in New York, NY

    EPIP New York | Planning Your Path for the Future

    Join EPIP New York, PEAK Grantmaking New York Regional Chapter, and Philanthropy New York for a two-part workshop focused on your professional development! Participate in two highly-interactive sessions, focused on reflecting on your current role in your organization and strategizing how best to advocate for yourself at work while networking with other grants management colleagues from the area. 

    Part I: Your Professional Evolution in Grants Management

    The role and function of grants management continues to evolve in organizations across the philanthropic sector. As a grants management professional, you are performing new roles, broadening your responsibilities, and expanding your impact throughout your organization. This time of change requires you to develop new skills, communicate differently, and look ahead to the future. In this interactive session, we will discuss the evolution of the grants management model, the current state of grantmaking operations in your organization, and how you can reach the next level of effectiveness. After the workshop participants will have the ability to:  

    • Audit your organization’s current stage in the grants management evolution model 
    • Create strategies to advance your organization to the next stage in the evolution model 
    • Develop professional development plans for your career growth 
    • Promote the benefits of change to your organization’s leadership

    Part II: Advocating for Yourself Activity & Discussion

    Whether you’d like to enroll in a professional development course, take the lead on a new project, or change a process to make your work more efficient—how you ask is just as important as why you are asking. Knowing some basic negotiating tactics and understanding the right way to prepare for your conversation can help you to better advocate for yourself and position yourself as a strategic leader in your organization. Participants will:

    • Learn and practice effective tactics to reframe how you advocate for yourself to achieve the best possible outcomes
    • Understand how to use conversation as an opportunity to showcase yourself as a leader
    • Prepare and practice an important conversation you’d like to have to advocate for yourself at work

    Presenters: 

    • Melissa Sines, Effective Practices Manager, PEAK Grantmaking
    • Sara Sanders, Regional Chapter Manager, PEAK Grantmaking
    • Ebony Wilkinson,  Department Coordinator, Ford Foundation & EPIP New York Chapter Leader

    Tickets cover both Part I and Part II of the program. We look forward to seeing you there. 

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · $25.00 USD · 3 rsvps
    Philanthropy New York in New York, NY

    EPIP New York | Planning Your Path for the Future

    Join EPIP New York, PEAK Grantmaking New York Regional Chapter, and Philanthropy New York for a two-part workshop focused on your professional development! Participate in two highly-interactive sessions, focused on reflecting on your current role in your organization and strategizing how best to advocate for yourself at work while networking with other grants management colleagues from the area. 

    Part I: Your Professional Evolution in Grants Management

    The role and function of grants management continues to evolve in organizations across the philanthropic sector. As a grants management professional, you are performing new roles, broadening your responsibilities, and expanding your impact throughout your organization. This time of change requires you to develop new skills, communicate differently, and look ahead to the future. In this interactive session, we will discuss the evolution of the grants management model, the current state of grantmaking operations in your organization, and how you can reach the next level of effectiveness. After the workshop participants will have the ability to:  

    • Audit your organization’s current stage in the grants management evolution model 
    • Create strategies to advance your organization to the next stage in the evolution model 
    • Develop professional development plans for your career growth 
    • Promote the benefits of change to your organization’s leadership

    Part II: Advocating for Yourself Activity & Discussion

    Whether you’d like to enroll in a professional development course, take the lead on a new project, or change a process to make your work more efficient—how you ask is just as important as why you are asking. Knowing some basic negotiating tactics and understanding the right way to prepare for your conversation can help you to better advocate for yourself and position yourself as a strategic leader in your organization. Participants will:

    • Learn and practice effective tactics to reframe how you advocate for yourself to achieve the best possible outcomes
    • Understand how to use conversation as an opportunity to showcase yourself as a leader
    • Prepare and practice an important conversation you’d like to have to advocate for yourself at work

    Presenters: 

    • Melissa Sines, Effective Practices Manager, PEAK Grantmaking
    • Sara Sanders, Regional Chapter Manager, PEAK Grantmaking
    • Ebony Wilkinson,  Department Coordinator, Ford Foundation & EPIP New York Chapter Leader

    Tickets cover both Part I and Part II of the program. We look forward to seeing you there. 

    Are you an EPIP Member? Click here for EPIP Member RSVP!

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · 32 rsvps
    Private Home in Hancock Park - Address provided with RSVP confirmation

    EPIP LA | Pizza and Policy November 2018 Election

    This event is now SOLD OUT.  Please email us to join the Waitlist.



    California voters will be confronted once again with a daunting ballot this November with eleven statewide ballot measure spanning proposals to address the lack of affordable housing in California to daylight saving time (yes, really!).

    But there’s more! LA County voters will wrestle with a parcel tax on water quality and numerous cities and special districts across the region will have other down ballot measures, including setting up a bank operated by the City of Los Angeles and requiring panic buttons for hotel workers in the City of Long Beach (among many more!).

    Over dinner, we’ll discuss the measures you care about most with SCG’s Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Seyron Foo. You’ll leave the event with a ballot cheat sheet that you can bring with you to the polls on Election Day.

    Seyron Foo develops, organizes, and implements efforts to create a well-connected network of grantmakers and public officials in order to strengthen communities and advance the public policy goals of SCG’s member organizations and Philanthropy California. In this capacity, he provides public policy analysis to issues affecting the sector and key policy areas relevant to grantmakers. Additionally, he is responsible for educating and informing government officials about philanthropic efforts, and identifies opportunities to convene grantmakers and government to tackle the most pressing public policy issues facing our communities. 

    In 2018, Seyron joined a cohort of ten individuals across philanthropy, nonprofit, and government selected by Independent Sector for the American Express NGEN Fellows. He earned his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and his B.A. in Rhetoric and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.












    Dinner will be provided.

    This event is now SOLD OUT.  Please email us to join the Waitlist.

  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · $15.00 USD · 2 rsvps
    Private Home in Hancock Park - Address provided with RSVP confirmation

    EPIP LA | Pizza and Policy November 2018 Election

    This event is now SOLD OUT.  Please email us to join the Waitlist.



    California voters will be confronted once again with a daunting ballot this November with eleven statewide ballot measure spanning proposals to address the lack of affordable housing in California to daylight saving time (yes, really!).

    But there’s more! LA County voters will wrestle with a parcel tax on water quality and numerous cities and special districts across the region will have other down ballot measures, including setting up a bank operated by the City of Los Angeles and requiring panic buttons for hotel workers in the City of Long Beach (among many more!).

    Over dinner, we’ll discuss the measures you care about most with SCG’s Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Seyron Foo. You’ll leave the event with a ballot cheat sheet that you can bring with you to the polls on Election Day.

    Seyron Foo develops, organizes, and implements efforts to create a well-connected network of grantmakers and public officials in order to strengthen communities and advance the public policy goals of SCG’s member organizations and Philanthropy California. In this capacity, he provides public policy analysis to issues affecting the sector and key policy areas relevant to grantmakers. Additionally, he is responsible for educating and informing government officials about philanthropic efforts, and identifies opportunities to convene grantmakers and government to tackle the most pressing public policy issues facing our communities. 

    In 2018, Seyron joined a cohort of ten individuals across philanthropy, nonprofit, and government selected by Independent Sector for the American Express NGEN Fellows. He earned his Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and his B.A. in Rhetoric and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.












    Dinner will be provided.

    Are you an EPIP Member?  Please click here to RSVP for free.

    This event is now SOLD OUT.  Please email us to join the Waitlist.

  • Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) · 25 rsvps

    EPIP LA | Lunch with a Leader Series: John Kobara

    Free for lunch on Friday, November 16th? Join us for the next event in our Lunch with a Leader Series!

    We are thrilled to announce that John Kobara of the California Community Foundation will be EPIP LA's next distinguished lunch date. Join us for an intimate lunch to learn more about his career path, and to chat with him about philanthropy, mentorship, and career-building. 

    On-site parking is free. Lunch will be provided, just bring your questions!

    Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!


    After serving 5 years on the Board of Directors, John was appointed Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF) in 2008. Founded in 1915, CCF is the 65th largest foundation in the nation with more than $1.8 billion in assets. CCF is focused on creating equitable opportunities for LA County’s most vulnerable residents as well as assisting high net worth families pursue their philanthropic visions.

    John has given hundreds of workshops and presentations for Fortune 500 corporations, universities, professional associations, non-profits, and community organizations all over the world. He posts his ideas, thoughts and recommendations on his popular blog SWiVELtime.com

    John has lead and managed diverse and complex non-profit and for-profit organizations. John was engaged in three pioneering start-ups traversing education and entertainment. He regards himself as a social entrepreneur who specializes in building successful and growing organizations through innovation and a focus on social outcomes. John currently serves on the boards of the Japanese American National Museum, MLK Community Hospital Foundation, SCGA Junior Foundation and Walden University.

    John received the 2014 Southern California Grantmakers JAG Leadership Award. The 2011 Trailblazer Award from the US Pan Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, John was honored for distinguished public service with the Coro of Southern California Crystal Eagle award. And in 2007, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave John the City of Angels award for his service on behalf of children and families. He was a Coro Fellow in LA and earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.


    This is the third event in the Lunch with a Leader Series. Previous lunches featured conversations with Dr. Bob Ross, and Renata Simril.