Chicago Chapter


EPIP Chicago is a community dedicated to building a space for peer-learning, and professional development in Chicago.

EPIP Chicago provides opportunities for emerging leaders and practitioners in philanthropy to convene and discuss relevant leadership, innovation, social justice issues in the context of their own careers and organizations.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an EPIP membership email us at [email protected]


EPIP Chicago Chapter News

A Recap of EPIP Chicago’s “What is the role of philanthropy in social change?”

Posted on July 14, 2017

Written by EPIP Chicago Steering Committee Members, 

Claire Kaufman

Cristina Guerrero

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Chicago DEI Series - Post 4 - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Where does disability fit in?

Posted on May 09, 2016

By Marca Bristo

"Twenty five years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there is much work yet to be done to impact true integration of the disabled."

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Chicago DEI Series - Post 3

Posted on April 20, 2016

It is a vivid memory, the day I woke up, opened my eyes, and began to see the chasm that clenches racial inequity in this country and the world—it is pervasive and structural, unyielding and entrenched. The day was a cold afternoon in December 2014...

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Chicago DEI Series - Post 2: Advancing DEI in Philanthropy Means Starting Where You Stand

Posted on April 13, 2016

How can emerging practitioners disrupt this exhaustion, breathe new life in the effort to advance DEI in philanthropy and throughout the sector, and begin to make DEI not only visible but consequential to communities affected by historic and systemic inequities?

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Chicago DEI Series - Opening Post

Posted on April 08, 2016

EPIP Chicago members and leaders are launching a blog series on DEI - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - in philanthropy. This is the first of five posts in the series. 

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Meet EPIP Chicago New Steering Committee Members

Posted on February 18, 2016

Please join us in welcoming our new steering committee members for EPIP Chicago this year. We’re really excited to grow our team as EPIP Chicago enters our third year. Lots of exciting programing coming up, so stay tuned!


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Reflections on PCN from Fizah Omar

Posted on December 04, 2015

"At D5 Coalition, we define equity as, “Improving equity is to promote justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of outcome disparities within our society.”

In the PolicyLink’s Equity manifesto, it says “it [equity] demands honesty and forthrightness calling out racism and oppression, both overt and systemic”

But let’s be real, talking about equity is hard. ..."

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EPIP Chicago Summer Update

Posted on October 21, 2015

What you’ve heard about Chicago summers is true— they are the best part about living in the city! EPIP Chicago had a great summer and as we brace for fall’s unpredictable weather and gusty winds, let’s relive what we were up to in the summer.

Read updates from our Chicago Chapter including lessons learned from summer events like "Facilitation for Grantmakers" and "Chicago Women in Philanthropy Women Leadership Mentoring Program" and find out about upcoming events & opportunities. 

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Similar but Different - from EPIP Chicago

Posted on October 21, 2015

Collaboration across organizations is not easy feat, but when it works value is always elevated. EPIP Chicago, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Chicago and All A-Board Alliance have been working together in Chicago to make the most of community collaboration. As a board member and community leader, Lauren King has a unique perspective to highlight opportunities for this kind of collaboration. A former EPIP Chicago steering committee member and current board member at YNPN Chicago and All A-Board Alliance, Lauren reflects on her experience participating across networks here.

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Call for EPIP Chicago Steering Committee Members

Posted on October 02, 2015

Call for EPIP CHICAGO Steering Committee Members


EPIP Members are invited to join EPIP Chicago’s Steering Committee

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