After 23 years of operating as a fiscally sponsored project, I am thrilled to share that, as of July 1, EPIP is a fully independent 501c3 non-profit!
This transformational moment in EPIP’s history has been years in the making. As you may recall in last year’s announcement, EPIP is in a period of expansion to enhance our ability to support and amplify the needs, experiences, and leadership of our members. We believe “leaders never stop emerging,” and with this move to operate as an independent 501c3, EPIP is positioning itself to support the next 20+ years of diverse, emergent leaders with a commitment to liberating resources in service of a more just, inclusive, and liberated world.
I wish to express my deep gratitude to every member, chapter leader, board member, donor, and of course staff that have contributed to this moment. Each of you have played a role in this moment through your commitment to our mission, engaging with our programs, and offering your feedback to reimagine EPIP with us over the past several years. This would not be possible without the support of EPIP’s beloved community and the steadfast dedication of our phenomenal team. Over the coming months, there will be a number of opportunities to fellowship and celebrate this momentous occasion with the fullness of EPIP’s vibrant community.
As part of our commitment to the well-being of our team, to finding a balance between productivity and rest, and in acknowledgment of the extraordinary work of the team leading up to this moment, EPIP will be closed July 3 - 7, 2023. We will take this time to rest and reflect as we complete this cycle of our R/evolution, and prepare for the next.
Looking ahead, we have a multitude of workshops, networking opportunities, and other programming for you to participate in upon our return on July 10! Check out the upcoming opportunities listed below and be on the lookout for more in the coming months. And if you’ve not done so already, I encourage you to register for the 2023 Unity Summit in LA this October 16 - 19, 2023. The entire EPIP team will be in attendance and we would love to celebrate with you in person! Also, stay tuned for forthcoming updates about EPIP’s 2024 conference, as we will have additional opportunities to celebrate and reconnect there!
On a personal note, EPIP has played a role in my own emergence in a number of ways throughout my career in philanthropy, especially as a budding grant-maker set on changing the world, while also trying to find my voice. As a former EPIP Chapter Leader, Advisory Board member, and former Director of Programs, I feel especially honored to serve as EPIP's President & CEO at this tremendous moment in time. I am forever appreciative of my colleagues on the staff, board, and in the sector for their unwavering dedication and commitment to supporting my leadership, helping to bring this dream of EPIP's independence into reality!
Philanthropy's Bridge Bends Toward Justice, Not Cooperation
As a coalition of philanthropic networks working together to strengthen bridges across funders and communities, CHANGE Philanthropy has issued a statement on “new philanthropic pluralism.” While proponents of pluralism speak of ideals in the abstract, wielding polite language and calling for civility as a tool to avoid dealing with the tangible issues facing our communities, we emphasize the importance of fostering deep relationships to encourage collaborations based on mutual respect and power.
Read more in our statement and share it with your colleagues.
Unity Summit Registration is Now OPEN!
There are only a few months left until the 2023 Unity Summit and we’re excited to announce that Early Bird registration and the hotel block at the Westin Bonaventure are now open!
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.
EPIP members receive special registration rates. Click here to secure your spot by the end of July!
EPIP Out and About
Our Director of Advancement, Landrum Beard, had a great time connecting with philanthropy friends and family at the Hispanics in Philanthropy 2023 Leadership Conference in San Francisco.
Looking ahead, our Director of Programs, Elyse Gordon, and Laura Collier, our Chapter Liaison, will be leading a workshop for emerging leaders at the United Philanthropy Forum Conference in New York City July 17-19. Be sure to connect with them if you’ll be there!
Summer Fridays: Prioritizing Rest and Restoration
As a reminder, EPIP is closed on Fridays during the summer to prioritize rest and restoration in the course of doing work. As EPIP continues to build a healthy, affirming, and inclusive work culture, we understand the importance of creating breathing room for our staff to practice radical self-care to maintain balance.
EPIP Member Orientation - July 13
Sign up today for our next quarterly member orientation happening July 13 at 12:00 pm ET! Join to learn what's new with EPIP and ways to engage with the network to get the most out of your membership. Connect with peers in breakout room conversations and provide feedback to staff on what you're excited about, what challenges you're facing, and ways we can continually support your inclusive leadership journey.
Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort
There are a few spots left to join our Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort! Click here to learn more and secure your space today!
Philanthropology™ is EPIP’s signature curriculum that offers an overview of philanthropy from a social justice lens. Participants gain a high-level understanding of the landscape and history of the philanthropic sector including the ways philanthropy has advanced social justice movements, and ways it has caused harm. Registration for the series includes all three modules, which will take place over Zoom from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST on August 24, September 7 and September 21. This is the first year this program is open to the entire sector, with a discounted rate available for EPIP Members.
As Semiyah Constantino mentioned in this recent feature, “Asking for a friend…I’m confused by philanthrospeak,” Philanthroplology™ is crafted for new practitioners in the sector to understand its context, history, and challenges. It is also a great resource for anyone trying to connect the dots between movement-building values and philanthropy.
Communities of Practice!
Check out our Communities of Practice for opportunities to strengthen connections with peers 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: 90 minute sessions are scheduled for July 25 at 3 pm EST, and October 31 at 3 pm EST.
- People of Color Community of Practice: 90 minute sessions are scheduled for September 26 at 3 pm EST, and December 5 at 3 pm EST.
- White Affinity Community of Practice: The new cohort meets on the second Tuesday of each month until November 14. Click here to learn more and express interest in joining the next cohort.
Contact [email protected] with any questions or to express interest in getting involved as a facilitator for future sessions.
Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice: Disrupting Workplace Trauma with a Sword, Shield, & Scalpel - July 25
Click here to join our Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice on July 25 for a workshop on disrupting workplace trauma led by Laqwanda Roberts-Buckley, MSSW. Toxic work environments, employers, coworkers, and/or supervisors can produce a draining ripple effect which leads to a devastating impact on the wellness of an individual, resulting in workplace trauma. In some cases, an individual may develop work related anxiety, depression, or general ongoing frustrations. In this workshop, learn how to better navigate and disrupt workplace trauma using 3 S’s: sword, shield, and scalpel.
EPIP Michigan | Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award - Nominations Due July 14!
The Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award was established by EPIP Michigan and the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) in 2021 to honor emerging practitioners in the field for their demonstrated leadership, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and advocacy for social justice work. Emerging leaders include individuals from all career pathways, positions and ages with experience levels under 10 years.
Click here for more information and to nominate an emerging leader! Nominees need to be a staff member, trustee or committee member of a CMF member organization to qualify.
EPIP Colorado | Approaching Philanthropy with an Intersectional Lens - July 18
Join EPIP Colorado on July 18 for a conversation on intersectionality and philanthropy. Register today to unpack:
- Why an intersectional lens to philanthropy is imperative for advancing social justice
- The current landscape of intersectional philanthropy
- What funders can do to shift grantmaking and philanthropic practices to center equity.
Sector News & Events
Decolonize Your Leadership Style - July 11
Join Berrett-Koehler Publishers on July 11 at 10am PT/1pm ET for a conversation with Edgar Villanueva on ways to decolonize your leadership style and transform your organization with Indigenous wisdom. Click here to register.
This virtual event will help you to:
- Adopt a leadership style inspired by Indigenous values
- Take responsibility for healing our organizations and systems
- Shift from focusing on individual leaders to organizational structures
- Help create a culture where everyone can grow and thrive
- Be more prepared to meet current challenges
ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program - Apply by July 14!
The ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP) is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of early to mid-career professionals (foundation staff; donors; trustees; nonprofit leaders) who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellowship cohort participants have the opportunity to hear from seasoned grantmakers, leaders, and peers on a regular basis. Participants will learn how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges. Learn more and Apply by July 14!
Rural Disability Justice: The role of mutual aid, power building and connecting across community - Sept. 12
Join the Neighborhood Funders Group September 12 at 10am PT for a FREE webinar hosted by NFG's Integrated Rural Strategies Group, in collaboration with Ceres Trust and Borealis Philanthropy's Disability Inclusion Fund. This webinar promises to shed light to the critically important and often overlooked topic of Rural Disability Justice in a way that will appeal to funders working on health, arts, community organizing, worker justice, and place-based grantmaking. Learn more and register here.
Funding Forward 2023 - Nov. 29
Registration is now OPEN for Funding Forward 2023! The event, to be held in Loews Chicago Hotel from November 29 to December 1, will not only be Funders for LGBTQ Issues' first in-person conference since 2019 but also mark the tenth anniversary of this annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues. Virtual content will be available for hybrid participation. Learn more and reserve your spot today!
Tracking Report: LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations
The 2021 Resource Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2023) describes the gaps and opportunities in funding in the philanthropy landscape. Given the unprecedented challenges in recent years facing the LGBTQ community on multiple fronts, it is clear that winning and defending the rights of intersectional LGBTQ communities requires building long-term, sustainable movement organizations and coalitions. Visit Funders for LGBTQ Issues to learn more.
- On Juneteenth, Philanthropy Should Commit to Fixing a Still Staggering Wealth Gap Fueled by Housing Inequity (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
- Supreme Court Case on Affirmative Action, Explained (Colorlines)
- Build, Maintain, Repair: A Deceptively Simple Framework for Tending to Your Organization’s Equity Container (Equity In The Center)
- We Will Not Mitigate Racial Disparities if We Center the Comfort of People Privileged by Systemic Racism and White Supremacy Above Those Marginalized by Them (Equity In The Center)
- 3 Years After George Floyd, Foundations Say They’ve Changed. Many Racial-Justice Nonprofits Disagree. (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
- A Ripple, Not a Wave: Comparing the Last Decade of Foundation Funding for Migrant Communities and Movements (NCRP)
- As funders, we must invest our financial capital in human capital (Stupski Foundation)
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].
Looking for a new opportunity?
The positions below are just the beginning! Check our Job Board for more opportunities from around the country:
- Director of Finance, Chicago Foundation for Women - Chicago, IL
- Program Associate, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation - Little Rock, Arkansas
- Senior Manager, Foundation Services Multimedia and Office Services, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Princeton NJ
- Program Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Princeton, NJ (Hybrid)
- Human Resources Manager, The California Wellness Foundation - Los Angeles or Oakland, CA
- Co-Director, Third Wave Fund - Remote
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