July 2023 Newsletter

EPIP News & Events

EPIP Celebrates its R/evolution as a 501c3!

In case you missed it, EPIP is celebrating some big news! After 23 years of operating as a fiscally sponsored project, EPIP is officially a fully independent 501c3 non-profit. Learn more about this milestone in our recent announcement. 

EPIP Out & About 

Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs, and Laura Collier, Chapter Liaison, led a workshop for emerging practitioners at the United Philanthropy Forum's 2023 Annual Conference. Attendees learned about different types of power, how those show up within philanthropic organizations, and strategies to lead from any position in an organization. They also shared reflections on liberatory leadership, spheres of control, and how they might be more courageous in their roles. 

EPIP looks forward to continuing to host dialogues about liberatory leadership at all levels of leadership and in all types of organizations across the philanthropic sector. Catch EPIP next at the Women’s Funding Network Conference and Funding Forward

Join an EPIP Community of Practice! 

Engage with our Communities of Practice to strengthen connections with peers across the country through identity-based relationship-building, professional development, and peer coaching. Below are 2023 gathering dates for our active cohorts: 

  • Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice:  The next 90-minute session is scheduled for October 31 at 3 pm EST. 
  • People of Color Community of Practice:  90-minute sessions are scheduled for September 26 at 3 pm EST, December 5 at 3 pm EST. 
  • White Affinity Community of Practice: The newest cohort meets on the second Tuesday of each month until November 14. Click here to learn more and express interest in joining a future cohort. 

Contact [email protected] with any questions or to express interest in getting involved as a facilitator for future sessions.

Philanthropology™ at the 2023 Unity Summit! 

Registration for EPIP’s Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort has reached full capacity. However, there is still an option to engage with the curriculum this Fall! EPIP is hosting a special in-person abridged version of Philanthropology™ at the 2023 Unity Summit. Philanthropology™ is designed for folks with less than three years of philanthropic experience, though all are welcome to join. 

Join us in Los Angeles on October 16 for a full-day learning opportunity where participants will: 

  • Learn about the history and impact of racism and exploitation on modern-day philanthropy  
  • Understand the different types of foundations and organizations in the philanthropic ecosystem
  • Explore the connections between racial equity, justice, and philanthropic practice 
  • Practice peer coaching to unlock dilemmas facing their work 

Click here to learn more and secure your spot at the time of registration for the Unity Summit! 


Register TODAY for the 2023 Unity Summit!

The 2023 Unity Summit is a convening that brings together funders, movement leaders, and advocates to engage with some of the most pressing issues facing our communities at this moment. With an array of plenaries, many in-person and virtual breakout sessions, and community learning exchanges that dive into the LA context, the 2023 Unity Summit will foster joy and connection toward advancing equity in philanthropy.

The full EPIP team can’t wait to connect with you all in LA October 16-19

Click here to secure your spot today! EPIP members receive a special discount.  

EPIP Chapter Updates 

EPIP CO | Party to Enhance Equity in Philanthropy

EPIP Colorado’s Party to Enhance Equity in Philanthropy (PEEP) is a chance for funders and nonprofit folks to connect on ways to enhance equity in philanthropy. Conceptualized by Vu Le of Nonprofit AF, this event is meant to bring together nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to help break down the pervasive power dynamics in our work and as a small tool to help us see each other in our full humanity. Join us on August 16 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm MT at Raices Brewing 2060 W Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80204 for a beverage of your choice and good company. First drink on EPIP! Click here to register.

Hosted in partnership by:

  • Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) - Colorado Chapter
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Colorado Chapter
  • Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity (COFIE)
  • Colorado Nonprofit Association
  • PEAK Rocky Mountain
  • Philanthropy Colorado
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Denver

Sector News & Events 

Resources to Navigate Recent SCOTUS Decisions  

July started with some devastating news of the various SCOTUS decisions that rolled back affirmative action in university admissions, allowed for the discrimination of LGBTQ people, and denied student loan relief. Below are some resources to support learning, reflection, and action in light of this news: 

ABFE Black Women in Philanthropy 2023 Leadership Retreat

Registration for ABFE’s Black Women in Philanthropy Retreat is now open! The 10th Annual Black Women in Philanthropy Leadership Retreat, an ABFE member event, will be held August 24-26 in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

This annual leadership event serves as a special time for Black women leaders in philanthropy to rest, regroup, and network in a sacred space of close, trusted friends, advisors, and colleagues in the field. The program features a collection of dynamic speakers set to inspire and invigorate our lives and professions. Each retreat is uniquely designed to support and sustain the overall health and well-being of attendees as the core to leadership sustainability and development. The care and keeping of this community are critical to safeguarding the voice, activism, and humanity of Black women in the field of philanthropy.

If you can join, purchase your ticket and secure your room as soon as possible (hotel booking will be available after registration). Click here to learn more and secure your spot today! 

Rockwood Leadership Institute Heart of Black Leadership Applications Now Open!

The Heart of Black Leadership is an offering designed to affirm the power, possibility, and ancestral wisdom of Black leadership. Join us for a Rockwood experience that invites you to center your Blackness as we work towards transformational leadership and collective liberation. This training is a place to heal, think, and play in beloved and courageous Black community all while re-centering yourself and the legacies & lineages you lead. You will be invited to honor the spirit of Black diasporic expression, and challenge the manifestation of internalized anti-blackness in a space of intimacy, personal vulnerability, and authenticity. Click here to learn more. 

Special Report: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Nonprofit Experiences with Funders

According to a new report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), data from funders who solicited grantee feedback both before and after 2020 reveal a greater degree of change than what was typical prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that 2020 was a watershed year for grantmakers. Based on analysis of data collected from 61 U.S.-based repeat users of CEP’s Grantee Perception Report (GPR), a feedback tool funders commission to gather candid, comparative feedback from grantees, two distinct patterns were evident in grantee responses. Firstly, grantees report spending less time on application and reporting processes than they were before the pandemic and, secondly, funders are providing slightly more unrestricted support than prior to 2020. Read the report today.

Demographics via Candid 

In the past few years, there has been a heightened interest in nonprofit demographic data – to gain visibility on matters of equity, uplift the work of BIPOC-led organizations, and increase investment in groups that reflect the communities they serve. The result? Nonprofits are asked to collect, organize, and provide demographic data over and over in different formats, creating a time-consuming burden, particularly on those already under-resourced. To address this issue, Candid launched a campaign to promote greater transparency in the field and expand our collective knowledge base. This campaign allows nonprofits to share demographic data one time, through their Candid profile on GuideStar. Funders, researchers, and other stakeholders can easily access this information through Candid and reduce the volume of requests on nonprofits, so they can focus on their missions. Learn more here or contact [email protected] to get involved and get a quick snapshot of your grantees' existing demographic data.

Registration for Funding Forward 2023 is OPEN! 

This three-day convening, from November 29 - December, will be held at Loews Chicago Hotel and will be the first in-person conference from Funders for LGBTQ Issues since 2019. Not able to attend in person? There will also be virtual content for hybrid participation. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot today.

Join Feminist Funded ’23: RISING! 

Join the Women’s Funding Network in Washington, DC from September 10-14 for the largest convening of gender-focused philanthropy, dedicated to creating a more just, equitable, and safer world for all. This year’s gathering will include one day of pre-conference learning and one day of U.S. legislative and global policy activities. We invite you to attend all four days and welcome activities on September 10th for the most comprehensive and rewarding experience. Click here to learn more and get your tickets! 

What We’re Reading, Watching & Listening to: 

Have something new on your reading list or a resource you'd like to share with the EPIP community? Let us know at [email protected].

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