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EPIP 2021 Conference Spotlight: Communities of Practice

Join us at our 2021 Conference, R/evolution, for the formal launch of EPIP’s new communities of practice and a celebration of our long-running People of Color Network (PCN)!

Over the last few months, we’ve been meeting with members, researching with other philanthropy serving organizations, and connecting with our CHANGE partners. As a result of this relationship-building and deep listening, we’re thrilled to be launching two new communities of practice at our virtual conference. Click here for more on the conference or to register.

The first community of practice, for emerging women of color, will serve dual purposes of strengthening the professional networks for early- to mid-career women of color in philanthropy and strengthening interpersonal leadership skills so that women of color advance and thrive in the sector. The second community of practice, in response to requests from white members of EPIP, will support white practitioners in building greater accountability in their work to combat white dominant culture within philanthropy, and to sharpen their allyship and advocacy skills. Finally, we’re thrilled to bring renewed energy and intention to our long-standing People of Color Network, for EPIP members who identify as people of color.

We hope you'll join us as we dive into these new opportunities for the EPIP community to connect and grow together!

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Reading & Resources: April 2021

This month, we're asking what philanthropy can learn from the past year....

...looking at recent reports from the sector on mission-aligned impact investing and narrative change, and sharing resources curated by our chapters, including a recent blog post on the need for philanthropy to address the erasure of AAPI voices.

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April 2021: Mid-Month Round-Up

As April comes to a close, EPIP chapters are gathering virtually to build community over coffee and on the virtual dance floor, discussing reducing bias in grantmaking and philanthropy's role in addressing homelessness, and practicing self-care

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Reading & Resources: March 2021

This month, as philanthropy offers solidarity to AAPI philanthropic leaders and communities, we’re taking a closer look at AAPI-directed philanthropy...

  • AAPIP’s newly-released Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities finds that foundation funding designated for AAPI communities accounts for only 0.20 percent of all US grantmaking and has remained stagnant even as both the AAPI population in the United States and overall philanthropic giving have risen.
  • AAPI Data’s State of Philanthropy among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, released in September 2020, echoes the findings of AAPIP’s report and makes a number of recommendations to foundations to strengthen AAPI philanthropy, including developing and supporting AAPI-specific pooled funds, prioritizing language access and underserved AAPI populations, and funding intersectional and coalitional work.

We’re also continuing to look at the ways that philanthropy can and should use the upheaval of the past year as an impetus for long-term change and marking Women's History Month alongside EPIP chapters and members from across the country by reflecting on the power of self-advocacy and the need for institutions to make space for that advocacy to flourish.

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Introducing the 2021 EPIP Conference Planning Committee

As we prepare for the 2021 EPIP National Conference, we're thrilled to be working with a group of dedicated and passionate leaders who are helping to shape the conference experience. The 29 members of the 2021 Conference Committee hail from organizations across the country and throughout the sector. We thank them for bringing their emergent leadership, lived experiences, and commitment to equity and justice to our conference planning process.

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March 2021: Mid-Month Event Round-Up

March may be almost over, but EPIP chapter events are in full swing! Join EPIP chapters for both community and learning - visit an art museum, take a deep dive into how to identify and combat microaggressions, learn from a philanthropic leader about advocacy, or grab some (virtual) coffee with fellow philanthrofolk!

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Stop AAPI Hate

The past year has brought a devastating increase in hateful speech and violence towards Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities throughout the United States. One incident of anti-AAPI hate is too many, and there have been nearly 3800 incidents documented by Stop AAPI Hate between March 2020 and March 2021 alone. EPIP condemns anti-AAPI violence and the racist hatred that it comes from, which continues to threaten and assault BIPOC communities.

This senseless racist and xenophobic violence has been inflamed by hateful political rhetoric, but builds on an abhorrent legacy of anti-Asian sentiment that is part and parcel of white supremacist culture and dogma in America. We decry these hateful beliefs and join in solidarity with our AAPI members, AAPI communities, and all who oppose racism, hatred, and violence. We also call on the philanthropic community to include AAPI organizations and communities in its efforts to advance social justice and achieve racial equity.

Please join us in condemning the violence and supporting AAPI people and communities. We offer the resources below as a starting point.

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Reading & Resources: February 2021

This month, we’re celebrating Black History Month by lifting up reading that brings an equity analysis to philanthropy.

We’re also getting actionable advice from leaders in the sector and exploring the resources shared by EPIP chapters across the country....

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Committing to Change

A Message from Anthony Simmons - EPIP Advisory Board Chair:

As this year’s Black History Month comes to its conclusion, I am taking the theme of EPIP’s 20th Anniversary, Re/Imagine, as an invitation to reimagine Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland’s intent to promote the achievements by America’s descendants of the African Diaspora. Beyond the opportunity to recognize those great iconic legends – like Garrett Morgan, Dr. Charles Drew, Fannie Lou Hamer, the Honorable Shirley Chisholm, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and appreciate their contributions to American society, I now wonder: what does Black history mean to me personally? What is my own Black history?

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Call for Sessions: EPIP 2021 National Conference

This summer, the EPIP community will come together for the signature event of our 20th Anniversary


The EPIP 2021 National Virtual Conference
June 7th - 11th, 2021

We are currently looking for session proposals for the conference. See below to learn more about our conference themetracks, and session formats, or click here for a PDF of the application.

Our call for sessions is now closed - thank you for your contributions!

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