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What We've Been Reading: May 2020

A Note: After May's What We've Been Reading was compiled, EPIP released a statement - Black Lives Matter - which includes resources, reading, and action steps for those looking to stand up against racial injustice and police brutality.

That message is available here: Black Lives Matter. Please read, reflect, and act.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we continue to add to our COVID-19 resources page. This month, our newest resources include looks at ways that philanthropy could potentially evolve to address long-term big-picture issues…

...and a continued focus on the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color

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Upcoming May Chapter Events

As we all learn to connect in new ways, EPIP chapters around the country have been holding virtual programming to help build community, share knowledge, and model self-care. Over the last few months, chapters from LA to Philly have held virtual book club meetings and screenings, hosted coffee chats and happy hours, and created check-ins and webinars. And there's more to come! Click to learn more about each event - we hope to see you there.

Coming up in late May and early June (all times local as noted):

Also, for our members of color, please join EPIP on Thursday, May 21st at 7 PM Eastern for our People of Color Network Happy Hour.

 

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What We've Been Reading: April 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we continue to add to our COVID-19 resources page. Some new highlights include new looks at how COVID-19 (and philanthropy’s response to it) impact communities of color...

...what the philanthropic sector can learn from this crisis for the long-term…

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EPIP DC | Aspire For Better: "Back To Normal" Is A Terrible Goal

We are living in unprecedented times. To claim anything else would be to naively dismiss our new reality; however, to believe that we cannot come out of this pandemic stronger than before would be to allow fear and anxiety to shroud the great opportunity before us.

We are being exposed. The ugly truths that our nation has tried to hide are coming to light and, in the light, we can diagnose problems by name and collectively work towards their cure. We now see that our healthcare system is inadequate, that our country is too slow to respond to disasters, that we undervalue the workers who keep our country running, and that racial minorities have to inequitably deal with the consequences. 

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Announcing our 2020 Board Officers

We often say that EPIP is a leaderful organization, but that would not be possible without the leadership of our Board of Advisors. As we prepare to welcome a new slate of board officers and members, we wish to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the leaders who have served as stewards of our organization, bringing us to where we are today. Thank you to outgoing Board Chair Nakisha M. Lewis, Vice-Chair Janet I. Sandoval, and Secretary Morgan Shannon for your passion, dedication, and extraordinary service and to Caitlin Wagner Fisher and Bianca Alston, whose board terms ended late last year, for your guidance, support, and wisdom.

Under their leadership, the outgoing Board of Advisors was able to shepherd EPIP through organizational transitions and growth, all while maintaining a commitment to our strategic vision and values. And it must be noted that each of these leaders has contributed to our EPIP community well beyond their service as members of the Board of Advisors. Because of them, EPIP is well-positioned to continue its work to center equity and justice in all of our efforts.

As we now build upon the foundation that previous board members and officers have helped us to establish, it is our honor and privilege to announce EPIP’s new board officers for 2020. These changemakers have stepped into their roles without hesitation during a time of great uncertainty for the world as a whole. We are grateful to them and to the entire Board of Advisors for their leadership and support.

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EPIP DC | Incoming: Migration, Perspective, and the Power of Art

Migration, Perspective, and the Power of Art

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What We've Been Reading: March 2020

While much of what we have been reading and gathering this month relates to COVID-19 (and can be found on our special COVID-19 resources page here), including the following highlights...

...other newly-released reports from around the sector offer a picture of the existing philanthropic landscape...

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EPIP NY | COVID-19 RESPONSE

Dear EPIP-NY Members,
As most of our chapter, steering committee included, are under mandatory work-from-home policies, we wanted to share our plan for EPIP-NY events at this time.
The health and safety of our chapter is paramount to us as the steering committee, especially in New York City and its five boroughs where there is a high-risk COVID-19 exposure. As such, we are postponing all of our events to a later date. (Don't worry, we will be upholding the spirit and content of any postponed events!)
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EPIP Bay Area | Announcing EPIP Bay Area's 2020 Mentoring Program

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A Letter from Executive Director Storme Gray

Friends,

I am filled with joy and immensely humbled to write to you today as the new Executive Director of EPIP. In the few days since my appointment was announced, I have been overwhelmed - in the best of ways - with your messages of support, excitement, partnership, and hope for the future. I share that same optimism and zeal for this next chapter in EPIP’s history, and I am excited for what lays ahead. EPIP’s beloved community has been a dear part of my growth in philanthropy. Like so many of you, I found my people at EPIP, and through EPIP was able to connect with colleagues who I still count among my friends. 

But more than that, EPIP was the place where I was encouraged to boldly articulate a simple truth which I have always known - for philanthropy to truly live up to its meaning, a love of humanity, our sector must advance equity by working collaboratively to address the systems, institutions, and practices which oppress, silence, and further marginalize others, both within and outside of its own walls. I am proud to be the first woman of color and first Black woman to be EPIP’s Executive Director, and it is my hope that in the years to come we will create more firsts together as we work towards a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable sector.  

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