Communities of Practice

EPIP's communities of practice are designed to give all EPIP members - whether or not you are near an EPIP chapter or work for one of our institutional members - the space and support to develop as an inclusive leader. Each community of practice offers identity-based networking, professional development opportunities, and peer coaching - an opportunity to find and build a home base within the philanthropic sector.


The People of Color Network

The People of Color Network (PCN) is a professional development and peer support network for EPIP members who identify as people of color. The PCN began in 2012 to support early- and mid-career people of color in philanthropy in attending sector conferences. Since then, it has evolved to involve workshops, a PCN-specific newsletter, and networking opportunities. The PCN uses the EPIP Inclusive Leadership Framework as a basis for skill-building and focus. 

The PCN is designed to address the intersections of challenges and opportunities that are unique to emerging people of color in the sector. The spaces we provide, whether in person or virtual, are places where we hope you can show up in your wholeness to connect, vent, share strategies with peers, and learn key skills. 

We also have a PCN newsletter that comes out a few times a year, with resources, readings, and wins from within the network. Members are encouraged to contribute their ideas for the newsletter by sharing resources with our communications team. 

We ask that participants attend at least two PCN activities a year - one social and one workshop. You are welcome to attend more! 

Who can participate? 

Any EPIP members who identify as people of color are welcome to participate in the network. [Click here to sign up.]


Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice

The Emerging Women of Color community of practice is a NEW initiative of EPIP focused on leadership development and network weaving for early- and mid-career women of color in philanthropy. Created in response to member requests, this community provides leadership development through the lens of race and gender. It will also work to connect early-career women of color with a network of peers so that it takes less effort to ‘find your people’ in the field. 

The community of practice will address the unique experiences and challenges of early- and mid-career women of color in philanthropy. The spaces we provide, whether in person or virtual, are designed to allow you to show up in your wholeness to connect, vent, share strategies with peers, and learn key skills. 

We ask that participants make at least a one-year commitment to this community of practice to get the most of out of the experience.

Who can participate? 

Any EPIP members who identify as women of color are invited to join this community of practice. At EPIP, our understanding of women is expansive and includes anyone for whom the term resonates, including trans women and femmes. While this space welcomes all gender minorities of color, we recognize that the community may not meet the needs of all gender identities and expressions. [Click here to sign up.]

Questions about fit? Please email Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs, at [email protected] 


White Ally Community of Practice 

The white ally community of practice is a NEW community of practice designed to provide a rigorous space for EPIP members who identify as white to discuss shared challenges and experiences in a focused and trusted space; develop deeper skills as they strive to be allies; and discuss how to use their privilege to move equitable philanthropic practice forward. 

Early- and mid-career white EPIP members have cited these affinity spaces as important parts of their allyship journeys within the sector. Many of the anti-racism resources, cohorts, and peer groups for anti-racist leadership are designed for senior leaders. This network aims to provide learning and accountability for early- and mid-career practitioners who identify as white at the beginning of their careers rather than waiting for the need to unlearn harmful practices once they arrive in senior leadership positions. 

This community of practice will provide workshops developed by EPIP staff and external facilitators, as informed by the needs of community of practice members. 

Members will also be expected to meet monthly with a peer pod of 3-4 individuals to work through curriculum materials, prompts, or scenarios. While the workshops will be helpful punctuation moments, these peer pods will be the main place where ‘the work’ happens. 

Who can participate? 

Any EPIP members who identify as white are welcome to attend. The space will be most beneficial to those who are invested in unpacking white supremacy culture where it resides within them individually and within their institutions. [Click here to sign up.]


Questions? 

Email Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs: [email protected]