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EPIP NY | 2021 Program Planning Survey

Last Fall, you shared your thoughts with us and helped us plan 2020. Unfortunately, the 2020 we planned for, is not the 2020 we experienced. 

This is a new world, and we want to make sure that the programs and resources available are responsible and relevant. Please take a moment or two and lend your voice again. Help us plan (as much as we can in this changing environment) for 2021!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to


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Reading & Resources: August 2020

We celebrated Black Philanthropy Month with words of wisdom from Black leaders in the sector (and a few thoughts on what philanthropy can learn from Black giving)...

...thought back on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July, and looked at how leaders and communities are (or are not) encouraged and supported.

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August 2020: Mid-Month Round Up

Looking to learn or build community? EPIP chapters across the country are hosting conversations, social events, happy hours, community check-ins and more! 

Coming up in August (all times local as noted):

  • Wednesday, August 19th, at 4:00 PM Pacific: EPIP Seattle Rant & Refresh - Join EPIP Seattle's monthly virtual happy hour to chat about philanthropy and, this month, about how you want the chapter to engage for the remainder of the year. BYOBackground!
  • Thursday, August 20th, at 12:00 PM Central: Lunch with Minnesota Philanthrofolk - Join EPIP Minnesota for informal conversation and networking over lunch. All are welcome!
  • Thursday, August 27th, at 11:00 AM Pacific: Let's Talk Democracy: Exploring the election and what you can do now! - Join EPIP Bay Area for a virtual panel on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 11 am-12 pm. Emily Thielmann, Program Director of the Democracy Funders Network and Carla Bernal, Program Associate on the Hewlett Foundation's US Democracy team will discuss what they are learning from their work on the 2020 election and how everyone can be a part of building and inclusive and equitable democracy.
  • Thursday, August 27th, at 5:30 PM Eastern: Summer Jam 2020 (EPIP NY) - All chapters and EPIPpers welcome for an EPIP New York Summer Jam featuring DJ Prototype and DJ Tony Tantrum. Escape for an hour or so with good music and community!
  • Friday, August 28th, at 5:00 PM Eastern: EPIP Philly Virtual Happy Hour - Join EPIP Philly for their bi-weekly space for joy, connection, and sharing your thoughts on all things philanthropy. 

Plus, Sankofa Summer continues, EPIP is hiring a Director of Programs, and there are new opportunities to support devastated Iowa communities and Black women in leading philanthropy!

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EPIP NY | Reclaiming Our Vote

"Vote like your life depends on it" -Michelle Obama. These wise words, spoken to us by our forever First Lady, Michelle Obama, should not be taken lightly. EPIP NY is inviting you to help get out the vote in the upcoming November election.

We are joining Reclaim Our Vote to reach out to people in key states to encourage them to register to vote. Volunteers will receive a package with everything needed to write and mail postcards to potential voters with information on how to register. To volunteer, please email your mailing address so that you can receive the script, a set of 30 postcards, stamps, and labels. 

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Reading & Resources: July 2020

The loss of civil rights and racial justice icons John Lewis and C.T. Vivian this July brought inspiration and sadness to many…

...many of the ideas and topics raised in Sankofa Summer sessions resonated in our reading, and two recent studies highlighted large gaps in the funding landscape. EPIP chapters from across the country also shared from their reading, watching, and listening lists, with resources focused on advancing equity and social justice.

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Coming Soon: EPIP July Events & Opps

We hope you're enjoying Sankofa Summer, EPIP's summer virtual learning series. The series runs until mid-August, and in the first 2 weeks alone, we've heard from women of color about leadership in philanthropy, learned about healing justice and brave space building, and looked at ways to make an impact through philanthropic practice. If you haven't registered yet, don't worry! You can see replays of most of our sessions to date as soon as you sign up, and we have a full month of content left, including sessions on Abolition (this Thursday, July 23rd), Racial Justice conversations, Reframing and Shifting power in the sector, and more.

If you haven't yet registered, click here to learn more and sign up today!

Join Chapter Events Across The Country

Sankofa Summer isn't the only opportunity to participate in an EPIP event this month. EPIP chapters across the country are hosting conversations, social events, happy hours, community check-ins and more! Click here for the full line-up!

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Sankofa Summer Begins This Week!

EPIP's virtual learning series, Sankofa Summer, kicks off this week with events that help you heal, learn from the leadership of women of color, and virtually connect with the philanthropic community.

And In Case You Were Wondering...

We've gotten a few questions about Sankofa Summer since announcing the virtual learning series, and we wanted to answer them here in case they were also on your mind:

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Reading & Resources: June 2020

What role does philanthropy have to play in our current moment? As many call for action now...

...others caution that philanthropy must commit to change for the long-term...

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Four Things We Learned From Emerging Post-Pandemic: Being a Future-Focused Leader Now

Recently, philanthropic futurist (and EPIP Minnesota chapter founder/former EPIP Board Chair) Trista Harris joined EPIP to talk about the ways that futurism can help the philanthropic sector imagine (and help create) the post-pandemic world.  The full talk is here but four pieces of wisdom that stuck with us were:

1) Stop loving the problem. Avoid making whatever problem or social issue that you’re trying to solve the sole focus of your work. Your discussions (both internally and with grantees) should be about what is being built in addition to what is being overcome.

2) Look for the future in the present. Make time to look at trends, best practices, and places where the changes you want to implement are already happening. You can always learn from the work of others.

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Coming Soon: EPIP Events in June

The struggle continues. And so does the work of philanthropy. Join EPIP and our chapters across the country for discussions of how to look towards the future, be inclusive in our online workspaces, heal ourselves, and understand our sector better, along with times to come together to share and connect with each other. 

Coming up in June (all times local as noted):

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