Joint Affinity Groups (JAG)
EPIP is a proud member of the Joint Affinity Groups (JAG), a coalition network of funders that supports equity and the principles of social justice.
Since 1993, JAG’s work has educated grantmakers about the value of inclusion and equity in foundations, increased understanding of the interrelatedness of multiple identities and issues, and advocated for greater equity in the distribution of philanthropic resources. JAG’s mission is to promote a more just and equitable distribution of philanthropic resources to produce healthier communities with equal access to services and resources and equal opportunity for all.
JAG consists of seven identity-based partner organizations:
- ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
- Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)
- Funders for LGBTQ Issues
- Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)
- Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)
- Women’s Funding Network (WFN)
JAG represents a national network of more than 2,500 members and more than 20,000 philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate professionals of all ages: AAPI, Black, Latino, Native, women, men, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.
Next Generation Networks
21/64 is a non-profit consulting practice specializing in next generation and multi-generational strategic philanthropy.
EPIP has partnered with 21/64 to develop joint programming at Council on Foundations conference, and to bring a unified next-generation voice in the philanthropic field. 21/64 has shared its unique resources with our members by presenting workshops at the EPIP National Conference.
Resource Generation (RG) organizes young people with financial wealth to leverage resources and privilege for social change.We partner with Resource Generation thru EPIP’s unique Philanthropology trainings to create meaningful dialogue on power dynamics between emerging foundation professionals and trustees.
Over the years, we’ve also partnered with RG on joint programming at Council on Foundations conferences, building coalitions of next-generation and social justice groups, and bringing a unified next-generation voice in the foundation field. RG has shared its unique perspective by presenting workshops at the EPIP National Conference.
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network promotes an efficient, viable, and inclusive nonprofit sector that supports the growth, learning, and development of young professionals.We partner with YPN thru EPIP’s unique Philanthropology trainings to create meaningful dialogue on power dynamics between EPIP members and emerging nonprofit leaders.
Over the years, we’ve also partnered with YNPN to bring together our members at the chapter level, hold joint programming during our respective conferences, and to bring a unified next-generation voice in the nonprofit sector. YNPN has shared its unique perspective by presenting workshops at the EPIP National Conference.
Grantmaker Education Groups
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The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise. For more than 20 years, The Chronicle has been connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.
EPIP partners with the Chronicle to offer EPIP members discounts off print, online or digital subscriptions of the publication. (See Member Benefits.) EPIP has been featured in the Chronicle numerous times over the years. Follow are links to these articles:
- The Decline of Leadership Development for Nonprofit Professionals of Color?, By Rosetta Thurman, June 23, 2010
- Grant Makers Urged to Take Activist Role, By Caroline Preston, April 25, 2010
- The End of the Next Generation, By Rosetta Thurman, April 27, 2010
- Advice for the Next Generation of Grantmakers, By Caroline Bermudez, July 23, 2009
- Achieving Diversity at Nonprofit Organizations, Uncredited, October 26, 2007
- A New Professional Network Gives Young Foundation Employees a Voice, By Darlene M. Siska, November 14, 2002
Council on Foundations (COF) is a national association of more than 1,700 grantmaking foundations and corporations. As the leading advocate for philanthropy, it strives to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of our sector while providing members with the services and support they need to advance the common good.EPIP partners with COF to ensure that organized philanthropy continues to grow into a multi-generational field.
In 2012 EPIP and COF co-created the “Stay in L.A. Scholarship Fund” to help emerging leaders attend both the EPIP and COF conferences, held back-to-back in Los Angeles. Since 2007, EPIP has worked with COF to hold inter-generational learning events at the COF Annual Conference and Family Philanthropy Conference. We helped the Council establish its Next Generation Taskforce in 2009 and EPIP members have played a leadership role in the Taskforce. EPIP has been formally affiliated with COF since 2004.
The Foundation Review is the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, written by and for foundation staff and board members and those who work with them implementing programs. It provides rigorous research and writing, presented in an accessible style, in order to improve the practice of grantmaking, yielding greater impact and innovation.
The Foundation Review is produced by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. EPIP partners with The Foundation Review to provide EPIP members with a discount on subscriptions. (See Member Benefits.)
GrantCraft materials offer practical insights and tools to help grantmakers be more effective. Hundreds of grantmakers have contributed their experiences to help create guides, cases, and videos that illuminate the challenges and skills of the craft. GrantCraft is a joint project of the Foundation Center and European Foundation Centre, and was created by the Ford Foundation.
EPIP and GrantCraft have partnered to produce workshops and trainings together, and GrantCraft staff often present workshops at the EPIP National Conference.
Johnson Center (formerly, the Grantmaking School)
The Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University offers a university-designed but field-informed curriculum for teaching the techniques of effective grantmaking to foundation professionals. They craft their curriculum to meet the practical needs of grantmakers and deliver it through our instructor network of highly experienced field practitioners.
In 2011, EPIP jointly produced a customized course for members, co-taught by a seasoned CEO and an EPIP alumni and co-sponsored by Ford Foundation and Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation.
The country’s independent watchdog of foundations, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.
EPIP partners with NCRP to offer our members a discount off NCRP membership. Our two organizations have worked together since 2007 to promote increased effectiveness of foundations and increased philanthropic support for a justice, equitable and sustainable society. (See Member Benefits.)
The NYU Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education was established for individuals and foundations seeking to learn how to give strategically, wisely, and ethically. Through continuing education courses, a professional certificate program, and special events, the Academy meets the needs of new and experienced grantmakers, wealth managers, and professional advisors.
Housed within the Heyman for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University, courses are led by a faculty of prominent fundraisers, foundation leaders, and private philanthropists, while drawing on the expertise at NYU’s related centers of business and law. EPIP and NYU partner to offer discounts to EPIP members on various professional development courses and seminars at the Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education. (See Member Benefits.)
Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Associated Grant Makers, Inc. is the only regional association of grant makers, both foundations and corporations with giving programs, serving in, or making grants in Massachusetts and surrounding areas. They are a leadership organization for philanthropy with more than three decades of service to the philanthropic community.
Since 2001, EPIP and AGM have partnered to establish and sustain the EPIP Greater Boston Chapter. Over the years AGM has provided EPIP Boston with a supportive and collegial environment, marketing and communications, access to in-kind meeting space, and event co-sponsorship.
The Council of Michigan Foundations is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association of more than 350 grantmaking organizations working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan. They are a diverse and inclusive philanthropy community that helps members network, learn, advocate, innovate and communicate to achieve greater impact. Since 2009, EPIP and CMF have partnered closely to establish and support the statewide EPIP Michigan Chapter.
CMF has provided in-kind staff support, mentorship and engagement by senior CMF and foundation leadership, scholarships for EPIP members to attend the CMF Annual Conference, and event co-sponsorship.
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (formerly, Delaware Valley Grantmakers)
The Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia (formerly, Delaware Valley Grantmakers - DVG) is a membership association of funders dedicated to building stronger communities in the greater Philadelphia region by increasing the impact and effectiveness of philanthropy. In 2005, EPIP partnered with DVG to establish and sustain the EPIP Philadelphia Chapter. DVG provided in-kind staff support, event co-sponsorship and a collegial environment for partnership.
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is a nonprofit membership association serving the state’s community, corporate, family, independent, operating, private and public foundations, as well as corporate giving programs.
Their members hold 14.7 billion in assets and award 700 million in grants each year. In 2005, EPIP and IPA partnered to establish the EPIP Indiana Chapter. IPA has provided in-kind staff support, event sponsorship, hosted a 2007 national EPIP gathering in Indianapolis, and provided a supportive and collegial environment.
Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), a regional association of grantmakers, works actively to expand and strengthen a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $900 million to nonprofits annually.
Members include family and private independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. Since 2003, EPIP and MCF have partnered to initiate and sustain the statewide EPIP Minnesota Chapter. MCF has provided a launch-space at their annual conference for the chapter, in-kind staff support, event co-sponsorships, and other resources that have helped to establish a robust EPIP community.
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other private and public grantmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area. NCG has now grown to support the activity of approximately 170 grantmaking organizations and individuals, with combined grantmaking of more than $3 billion annually. Since 2005, EPIP and NCG have partnered to establish and sustain the EPIP Bay Area Chapter.
NCG has provided in-kind staff support, event co-sponsorship, event space, event marketing, and a collegial environment that has helped establish EPIP Bay Area as one of the leading affiliates in the EPIP network.
Philanthropy New York is the principal professional community of philanthropic foundations based in the New York City region. Taken together, their 285 member organizations—including some of the leading foundations in the world—each year provide support totaling more than four billion dollars to thousands of nonprofits in New York, the U.S., and around the world, which in turn focus on an almost endless range of issues and concerns.
Since 2002, EPIP and Philanthropy New York have partnered to establish and sustain the EPIP New York City Chapter. Philanthropy New York has provided in-kind staff support, event space, event marketing, engagement of senior-level leadership, partnership on a professional development series over three years, and more.
Philanthropy Northwest works to build a strong philanthropic community that reflects the diversity of the Northwest U.S., connect people to each other so they can achieve more with their giving, and inspire action to address critical problems in our society.
Since 2008, EPIP and Philanthropy Northwest have partnered to support local grantmakers in establishing and sustaining the EPIP Seattle Chapter. Philanthropy Northwest invited EPIP to hold a listening meeting at their offices to assess if there was demand for a local affiliate. When over twenty emerging leaders attended and showed great interest, together we helped them launch the chapter. Philanthropy Northwest has provided meeting space, in-kind staff support, event marketing support and more.
San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) is a leading convener and resource for organized philanthropy in the San Diego region. Its mission is to connect, educate, develop and inspire organized philanthropy to be more effective individually and collectively.
Since 2007, EPIP has partnered with SDG to support local philanthropic leaders to establish the EPIP San Diego Chapter. San Diego Grantmakers continues to offer important forms of credibility and support for the chapter.
Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) serves as a common voice for a diverse and vibrant community of philanthropists, all bound by a common desire to make a difference. SCG encompasses family, community, private, corporate, public and operating foundations, as well as individual grantmakers. SCG’s members represent Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.
Since 2003, EPIP and SCG have partnered to help local leaders establish and sustain the EPIP Los Angeles Chapter. SCG has provided in-kind staff support, marketing and communications support for the chapter, and a welcoming, collegial environment in which a diverse next generation of foundation professionals can thrive.
The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers promotes and supports effective, strategic, and efficient charitable investment in the Greater Washington region. We partner with governments and nonprofits, build strong relationships between grantmakers and grantseekers, and serve as an advocate and voice for philanthropy. Their members include independent foundations, community foundations, operating foundations, charitable trusts, corporate foundations and corporate giving programs.
Since 2005, EPIP and Washington Grantmakers have partnered to help local volunteers establish and sustain the EPIP Washington, DC Chapter. Washington Grantmakers has provided in-kind staff support, marketing and communications about chapter events, and other resources that have helped bind together a cohesive community of emerging foundation leaders in the nation’s capital.