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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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What We've Been Reading: January 2020

As we begin a new year, we are looking forward to the work we will be doing in 2020 and the inspiration we are taking with us to start this work anew.

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EPIP Names New Executive Director

After an extensive national search, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is pleased to announce that Storme Gray has been named our next Executive Director, effective Monday, January 20th. Storme has held the position of Interim Executive Director since July 2019.

Storme Gray

Storme, the first woman of color to lead EPIP since its founding, has been a change agent and advocate for justice throughout her career in the philanthropic sector. A member of the EPIP community since 2014, Storme was a Chapter Leader and Co-Chair of EPIP DC and member of EPIP’s Advisory Board prior to joining EPIP’s staff in 2017 as our Director of Programs. As Director of Programs, she brought her commitment to social justice and philanthropy to EPIP’s work, developing member programming that centers equity in philanthropy, managing EPIP’s successful bi-annual conference, and re-invigorating the EPIP People of Color Network, among other accomplishments.

I’m excited to step into this new leadership role at a pivotal time in EPIP’s growth," Storme said when asked about her new position. “As EPIP approaches our 20th anniversary next year, I look forward to working to make our community the place for early and mid-career professionals in philanthropy who are thoughtful, intentional, and care about building a more just future for all.” 

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Our Top Ten Wins of 2019

As we ring in 2020, we're taking a moment to celebrate EPIP's top 10 wins in 2019! It's been a year of change and a year of celebration, a year of rising to challenges and one of seeking out new opportunities. And most importantly, it has been a year that has us excited and energized for the year (and decade) to come.

As we look forward to 2020, which will include our 2020 Conference, new programming initiatives, and a time to reflect before our 20th anniversary year in 2021, we continue to be grateful for you. Thank you for all the events you've attended, resources you've shared, and support you've offered. Thank you for the thoughtful conversations and insightful observations, for making us think and keeping us reaching for more. Thank you for continuing to keep a more equitable and just philanthropic sector in your hearts and minds.

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