Community Perspectives

EPIP Leadership Announcement

When we at EPIP announced the departure of Executive Director Tamir Novotny in May, we knew two things were certain – 1) that we would continue to be a strong and leaderful organization, committed to our mission of building a just, equitable, and sustainable philanthropic sector and 2) that our community would stand beside us every step of the way. And true to form, our community has provided us with invaluable feedback and an outpouring of support, for which we are truly grateful. Your commitment to our shared vision for the sector, even during this period of transition, is inspiring and it is precisely why we remain steadfast in our efforts to ensure EPIP pushes forward to reach our goals and to build a sector that we can all be proud of.  

It was therefore important that we as an organization took our time to consider a path forward and to identify someone who embodies our values, is respected and trusted within the EPIP community and larger philanthropic sector, and can lead the organization through this transition period.  And so, it is with great excitement that we would like to announce that effective July 1st, Storme Gray, EPIP’s current Director of Programs, has been named EPIP’s Interim Executive Director.

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What We've Been Reading: June 2019

This month we’re thinking a lot about stories - who tells them, who is centered in them, and who benefits from them. At EPIP's recent PCN Regional event, the participants talked about “stock stories” - harmful false narratives that are repeated until they feel like truths - and the damage that they can do to marginalized communities whose real stories and voices are ignored.

  • Some stock stories can be hidden in stories of victory, as noted in this powerful editorial from Out Magazine about the changing nature of Pride and the need to prioritize organizations and movements led by QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Other stock stories can be those we tell within our own organizations that reinforce harmful stereotypes, as Itzbeth Menjívar notes in a blog post about racism within the social sector.

That's why we're thrilled to have resources that talk directly to and with marginalized communities and those that hold us accountable for what we do and how we work.

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What We've Been Reading: May 2019

How can foundations create a culture that makes early- and mid-career philanthropy practitioners feel welcome and supported? Jennifer Oldham of The Healing Trust responds to the Dissonance & Disconnects report with Relationships Are Our Work, a blog post featuring three culture building practices that could help engage and retain employees, while EPIP member Alex Goldman shares his take on what it is like to be a newcomer to the sector in Shifting Philanthropy as a Praxis: 2019 Is Going to be Emergent.

New resources and reports are also abundant this month, with The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) and Grantmakers for Effective Organization (GEO) offering guides to incorporating racial justice and learning into foundations' work, while Women's Philanthropy Institute and Grantmakers in Health take a closer look at the funding landscape for women's foundations and health funders.

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EPIP Leadership Update

A Statement from the EPIP Board of Advisors:

After nearly four years, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and our Executive Director, Tamir Novotny, have parted ways.

A former EPIP chapter leader, Tamir brought his belief in EPIP’s members and his commitment to social justice to advance EPIP’s work. EPIP’s shared accomplishments during his tenure include our 2017 strategic plan, which shifted EPIP’s central focus to advancing equity; the release of EPIP’s Dissonance & Disconnects report, which gave voice to the experiences of early- and mid-career practitioners and garnered the attention of the philanthropic sector; and the expansion of EPIP’s membership.

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EPIP Philly Discusses Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva

Ever read a book about philanthropy and wonder who you can call to discuss? This March, EPIP Philly launched our new quarterly book club to bring together EPIP Philly members and others in the world of philanthropy to discuss the hottest new philanthropic reads. We started with Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva, which came out this past October and gives a provocative look at the dysfunctional colonial dynamics in philanthropy. Haven’t read the book? Check out this article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review by Edgar Villanueva for an overview of the key concepts, including his seven steps towards healing.

Note: EPIP Philly’s next book club event is June 27th! We’ll be discussing White Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. RSVP here - we look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Thanks To Our Outgoing 2018 Advisory Board Members!

As EPIP welcomes our new Advisory Board officers for 2019, we want to acknowledge the service and dedication of three board members who left the board in late 2018 - Dwayne Marshall, Nicholas Pelzer, and Regan Gruber Moffitt. Each has had a significant role in shaping who we are as an organization and has given their time, resources, and knowledge to help us succeed.

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Book Review & Interview | Decolonizing Wealth

"This book is just part of a bigger conversation and bigger movement to transform the space. This book is a tangible tool people can hold in their hand and use to push those conversations further." 
EPIP's Director of Operations and Member Services sat down with Edgar Villanueva, long-time EPIPer and author of Decolonizing Wealth to learn more about his inspiration, process and the transformation he went through writing the book. Check out the full interview here. 
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EPIP New York Says Goodbye To 2018!

EPIP New York Says Goodbye to 2018! 

For the third year in a row, the EPIP NY community dedicated the holiday party to giving back to the community. This year's gift recipient was The Bowery Mission. All party attendees were required to bring items that could be donated to the homeless community in New York City.

 

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EPIP Boston Spotlight: Finding Philanthropy Through Service

EPIP Boston Steering Committee Member Molly Braden writes here about her experience as a graduate student at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis' (IUPUI) Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and her journey to becoming a Program Coordinator at Mott Philanthropic.

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Members on Issues: Doing Philanthropy Together

In education philanthropy, we share a collective sense of urgency to find the appropriate solutions to mitigate the achievement gap. Yet, we each concentrate our time on pursuing distinct but complementary missions. How many of us find ourselves wishing we could team up with other organizations to share collective learning and coordinate our efforts?

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