April 2023 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Liberated Leadership Reflections
  • EPIP News & Events
  • Sector News & Events
  • Job Board
  • Join Our Community!

Not a member? Join Now! Questions or concerns? Please email us.

Liberated Leadership Reflections

Earlier this month I shared some personal reflections in our newest blog on my journey to embody liberatory leadership. One key takeaway I want to highlight is that failure is an expected part of learning anything new and different. There is no blueprint, check list, or singular “right” way to do this kind of work. Learning to lead from a place of abundance, love, trust and empathy instead of scarcity, fear and anxiety is an iterative process. A lot of intentional effort is required to unlearn harmful habits and assumptions, learn new strategies, try new practices, potentially fail, adapt, and try again. There is no “done” in working toward a liberated future.

For all of the emerging leaders working at various levels in the sector, I invite you to reflect on some of the questions in this blog and start conversations with your peers to explore how you can lean into your version of liberated leadership:

  • What would it look like to lead from a place of deep self-awareness, authenticity, and mutual accountability?
  • How might I, and those I interact with, be challenged and changed in the process? And what is my role in that process?
  • What fears, assumptions, scarcity-fueled practices, and other limiting beliefs would need to be released as new, more expansive, courageous, and abundant ways of being and leading are learned?

As you dig into your own liberatory leadership journeys, our team would love to hear what you are learning. Contact us at [email protected] to explore ways we can amplify your stories.

In Solidarity,

Storme Gray

EPIP News & Events

EPIP Member Orientation - May 2

There is still time to register for our next quarterly orientation happening May 2 at 12:00 pm ET! Join to learn what's new with EPIP and ways to engage with the network to get the most out of your membership! Connect with peers in breakout room conversations and provide feedback to staff on what you're excited about, what challenges you're facing, and ways we can continually support your inclusive leadership journey. Click here to register!

Not a member yet? Click here to learn more or reach out to [email protected] to join our network of changemakers!

Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort!

Registration is open for our Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort! Click here to learn more and secure your spot! Philanthropology™ is EPIP’s signature curriculum that offers an overview of philanthropy from a social justice lens. Participants gain a high-level understanding of the landscape and history of the philanthropic sector including the ways philanthropy has advanced social justice movements, and ways it has caused harm. Registration for the series includes all three modules, which will take place over Zoom from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST on August 24, September 7 and September 21. This is the first year this program is open to the entire sector, with a discounted rate available for EPIP Members.

Philanthropology™ Alumni Gathering - May 25

Now in its third year, EPIP's Philanthropology program has reached almost 200 emerging leaders in philanthropy. Join fellow alumni on May 25 at 3:00 pm ET to:

  • revisit personal mission statements from the curriculum activities
  • share examples of how you've applied core concepts in your work
  • connect with peers in similar roles for peer coaching
  • deepen relationships with like-minded peers who can help you push the work forward for years to come

Click here to register! Questions? Email [email protected]

Communities of Practice!

Check out our Communities of Practice for opportunities to strengthen connections with peers through identity-based relationship-building, professional development, and peer coaching. Below are 2023 gathering dates for our active cohorts:

  • Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice: 90 minute sessions are scheduled for May 5 at 1 pm EST, July 25 at 3 pm EST, and October 31 at 3 pm EST. Click here to register for the May 5 session on Career Pathways in Philanthropy!
  • People of Color Community of Practice: 90 minute sessions are scheduled for June 27 at 3 pm EST, September 26 at 3 pm EST, December 5 at 3 pm EST. (Registration links coming soon)
  • White Affinity Community of Practice: The newest cohort launched in November and will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month until April 11. *NEW COHORT ALERT* The next cohort will launch this June. Click here to learn more and express interest in joining!

Contact [email protected] with any questions or to express interest in getting involved as a facilitator for future sessions.

Skills for Inclusive Leadership: Managing Up Workshop - June 8

Join EPIP June 08 at 1:00 pm ET for an interactive workshop on strategies for ‘managing up’ and navigating power dynamics in virtual and hybrid workplaces. EPIP spaces are always designed for high engagement, rooted in peer learning, and reflect our Inclusive Leadership Framework. Come ready to explore different approaches for managing up and to share your own experiences working with philanthropic leadership. This event is open to all, and FREE to EPIP members. Click here to register! (EPIP Members, use this link to access your discounted rate.)

This workshop is part of EPIP's Skills for Inclusive Leadership workshop series. Stay tuned for the upcoming workshops on advocacy and philanthropic financial literacy through an equity lens.


EPIP is excited to participate in PEAK’s 2023 Conference! Connect with EPIP’s Director of Membership and Communications, Erika Hawthorne, and Chapter Liaison, Laura Collier, for a workshop on Harnessing Your Formal and Informal Roles for Self-Advocacy, May 8 at 1:45 pm ET.

Hear from EPIP’s President, Storme Gray along with Ruchika Tulshyan, the founder of Candour, in PEAK’s Keynote Session on Creating Organizational Communities of Care, May 9 at 12:45 pm ET.

EPIP Boston | Rest Is Resistance Book Club - June 15

Join EPIP’s Boston Chapter on June 15 from 6 to 7 pm ET for a discussion on Rest Is Resistance, Tricia Hersey (aka The Nap Bishop). Click here to learn more and sign up!

Sector News & Events

New Report! Mismatched: Philanthropy’s Response to the Call for Racial Justice

Mismatched: Philanthropy’s Response to the Call for Racial Justice is a comprehensive assessment of racial equity and racial justice funding, providing a detailed analysis of funding from 2015–2018 and a preliminary analysis for 2020. Written by Malkia Devich Cyril, Lyle Matthew Kan, Ben Francisco Maulbeck, and Lori Villarosa, the report examines trends, contradictions, and divergences in funding for both racial equity and racial justice work. Download the report today to learn more!

EPIP Discount Alert! Healing Summit for BIPOC Professionals in Philanthropy - May 11

Join the Decolonizing Wealth Project's (DWP) Healing Summit for the Next Generation of BIPOC Professionals in Philanthropy, happening May 11! They are offering a 20% discount to EPIP Members who apply! Click here to sign up today.

In hopes of elevating and sustaining the next generation of BIPOC philanthropic professionals, DWP is hosting this special Healing Summit for emerging leaders in the field. This Summit is tailored specifically for individuals with 0-3 years of experience in grantmaking organizations. This is a unique opportunity to build community and network with other BIPOC professionals, while also engaging in the collective healing work required for racial healing. DWP hopes to cultivate a transformative experience as we work together to build a more sustainable and equitable future for philanthropy!

Neighborhood Funders Group 2023 National Convening - May 9-11

Sign up here to join the Neighborhood Funders Group virtually for its 2023 National Convening centered on philanthropy’s responsibility to be more accountable to BIPOC and low-income communities. This convening is designed for staff and board members at foundations and organizations whose primary activity is grantmaking. NFG’s virtual plenaries will be live-streamed on May 9 at 12:30 pm ET; May 10 at 1 pm ET; and May 11 at 11 am ET. Visit NFG’s Program page for more information on plenary speakers!

Funding Forward 2023 Call for Sessions is Open! - Due May 16

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to announce that Funding Forward 2023 is coming to Chicago from November 29-December 1, 2023! The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect, learn, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. Funders for LGBTQ Issues is currently accepting session ideas from funders and philanthropic organizations who are members. Member foundations and affinity groups are strongly encouraged to partner with one another to pool creativity and expertise and share the financial responsibilities of session sponsorship. The Call for Submissions deadline is Tuesday, May 16, EOD. Click here to learn more.

New Training Alert: Liberatory Principles and Practices for White Supervisors

Compass Point is excited to launch a new online, two-day training this summer focused on Liberatory Principles and Practices for White Supervisors as a part of their work to advance Pro-Blackness and racial justice across the field. The practice of leading others (especially in nonprofit and social justice organizations) demands a power analysis, and this is one way to build on that stance! This training provides tools and space with peers to deepen your commitment to dismantling white supremacy culture and practice liberatory and transformational supervision skills. Click here to learn more about this training and secure your spot!

Other upcoming trainings:

What We’re Reading, Watching & Listening to:

Have something new on your reading list or a resource you'd like to share with the EPIP community? Let us know at [email protected] and we may include it in a future newsletter.

Job Board

Looking for a new opportunity?

The positions below are just the beginning! Check our Job Board for more opportunities from around the country:

Log in to your member account or join EPIP today to explore more opportunities on our Job Board using filters and special features!

Join Our Community!

Ready to start getting member benefits and access to member-only resources?

Join EPIP as an individual or institutional member!

Questions? Let us know!

Missed last month's newsletter? You can now access our newsletters on our website!

EPIP is a project of Tides Center


Showing 1 reaction

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Erika Hawthorne
    published this page in Newsletters 2023-04-28 11:46:22 -0400