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Join the EPIP 2021 Conference Planning Committee

This summer, the EPIP community will come together virtually for our 2021 National Conference - a time to celebrate our past, take stock of our present, and look towards the future. To make this the best conference it can be, we’re looking for volunteers to help us shape conference content and programming as members of the 2021 National Conference Planning Committee.

Members of the committee will focus on areas of planning including conference workshops, virtual networking opportunities, and ways to showcase our upcoming 20th anniversary. This is a great opportunity to make new connections, build invaluable leadership skills, and give back to the EPIP community. The anticipated time commitment will be 5 hours per month from February - June 2021.

If you are interested, please fill out this interest form by Friday, January 29th. With your support, EPIP 2021 is sure to be a big success!

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White Supremacy Will Not Win

Last week, domestic terrorists stormed the US Capitol in a violent insurrection. EPIP wholeheartedly condemns their actions and the ongoing hateful and racist rhetoric that made them possible. This attempted coup was white supremacy culture in action - an effort to maintain the oppressive system that undergirds this nation’s founding and holds us back from living up to its promise. Just as alarmingly, it was met with minimal initial law enforcement response, a stark contrast to the overwhelming force deployed against peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors a few months ago. 

I have struggled to find the words to articulate the multitude of emotions that I am feeling in this moment. I struggle still. And I imagine that for many of you, the events of yesterday have left you angry, hurt, disappointed, unseen, and stunned. So allow me to say this. We see you. And you are not alone. 

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Join the EPIP Advisory Board

Quote alongside headshot of Maheem Kaleem, Esq.: "Serving on the board of EPIP is an incredible opportunity to build, to learn, and to collectively imagine how to shift philanthropy to be as responsive to and aligned with our movements as it can be.   It has not only connected me with amazing leaders - both established and emerging - but also challenged me to think about how to practice our values every day." - Maheen Kaleem, Esq. - Vice-Chair, EPIP Advisory Board

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is seeking thoughtful, inclusive, and talented leaders to join our Advisory Board!

EPIP strives for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive sector that innovates with intention, takes risks, and leads more boldly so that we may bring resources to communities and organizations to advance equity. EPIP’s Advisory Board plays a pivotal role in reaching those goals. 

The Advisory Board is also an opportunity for board members to serve our community while further developing their own leadership, skills, and networks. We are seeking dedicated leaders who believe in our mission and our work. Specifically, we are seeking values-aligned leaders who meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, social justice, and excellence in philanthropy (required);
  • Knowledge of philanthropy, non-profits, community organizing, and/or equity work; and
  • Skill in one or more of the following: non-profit governance, finance and accounting, law, fundraising, human resources, communications, and/or policy/advocacy.
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Reading & Resources: November 2020

EPIP Director of Network Resources Adriana Loson-Ceballos shares some ways that fundraisers are thinking differently about resource mobilization that parallel the move towards equity in the philanthropic sector:

And we continue to look at the ways philanthropy intersects with racial justice in its giving practices and internal policies.

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The Work Continues

On Election Day, millions of Americans made their voices heard, choosing democracy over demagoguery in the largest voter turnout in over a century. Still, for those hoping for a widespread repudiation of the politics of hate and fear, this victory is tempered by the deep division that exists throughout the country. Many Americans voted for a presidential candidate who has spent the past four years enacting harmful immigration policies, attempting to stifle and demonize racial justice movements, limiting rights for the LGBTQ community, and more. So while we celebrate the outcome and champion the movement work that brought more people to the polls than we’ve seen in our lifetimes, we recognize that even a moment of victory is but a moment. It will require continuous forward movement and conscious effort to create long-lasting change. We still have work to do.

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EPIP LA | 2021 Mentorship Program

EPIP LA is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its eighth year of the Mentorship Program. Through its Mentorship Program, EPIP LA aims to provide participants with the tools needed to develop and maintain meaningful connections with experienced leaders and their peers. 

The EPIP LA Mentorship program connects emerging leaders in the philanthropic field with a seasoned leader to serve as a mentor and like-minded peers to support them on their journey. 

Participants meet to discuss their individual professional interests and brainstorm potential matches. The Steering Committee assists in matching each participant with a mentor in the field who is available to meet on a regular basis for the year (approximately four meetings total). On alternate months, the cohort of mentees meets to discuss their professional challenges, progress on personal goals, and to share learning from their mentor relationships. Participants need to be available at least once a month for the duration of the program.

To apply for the 2021 Mentorship Program cohort, click here. Applications are due by Friday, December 18, 2020. Applicants must be available to participate in an evening group interview during the second week of January (tentatively January 15th) and willing to commit to the full year of the program if selected.

 

 

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Reading & Resources: October 2020

As the election nears, we are thinking about what comes next for the sector’s conversations on race and equity…

…looking at ways that grantmaking practices will continue to be impacted by this tumultuous year, and enjoying the resources shared this month by EPIP chapters.

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October 2020: Mid-Month Events & Opportunities

October is full of great EPIP chapter events! Whether you're looking to prep for the election, learn from a philanthropic leader, or take a deeper look at police reform and abolition, we've got you covered. And if you're looking to connect? Join EPIP Chicago for a coffee chat and EPIP New York for a virtual mixer that will be unlike most things you've seen online so far.

We're also excited about the work of our partners - the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is awarding $90 million to drive equity, Funders for LGBTQ issues is holding a conversation with Black queer and trans leaders, and we have partnered with the Goodman Center in a report on best practices for virtual work and avoiding Zoom fatigue. 

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Reading & Resources: September 2020

As we move into the last quarter of 2020, we are looking back at how philanthropy has responded to the needs of the year….

...learning from the organizations and movements in philanthropy that are taking new approaches to their work to meet the current moment, and enjoying the resources that are inspiring EPIP chapters across the country.

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EPIP LA | Join the 2021 Steering Committee!

The EPIP LA Chapter is now recruiting Steering Committee members. Below are more details about responsibilities, opportunities, and how to apply. The role of the Steering Committee is to provide leadership among philanthropic practitioners in the Los Angeles community by providing innovative programming, networking, and professional development opportunities. In line with EPIP LA’s mission, the Steering Committee aims to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

Applications are due by Friday, October 18, 2019. If you're interested in building your leadership skills and engaging with the EPIP community in a deeper way, please submit an application online.

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