If you do an internet search for the term "Effective Altruism", you will probably find many articles about Effective Altruism as a philosophy. It was popularized by philosophers, after all. But what does EA, which shapes the philanthropic actions of certain individuals and organizations, look like in practice?
Join us for a late lunch-and-learn with Rocio Alba Navarro, Grants Officer at Open Philanthropy. Rocio will present an introduction to Effective Altruism, followed by a free-flowing conversation about how EA's values inform her work, the day to day operations at Open Philanthropy, and the similarities and differences between Open Philanthropy and others in the philanthropic sector.
Some suggested pre-reading:
Join EPIP for Philanthropology™, a 3-module social justice grounding in philanthropy.
In order to use philanthropy to effect change, it is crucial that new practitioners in the sector understand its context, history, and challenges. Philanthropology™, first developed by EPIP in 2012 and revised in 2021, responds to this need with a curriculum that includes both academic and practitioner perspectives in an in-depth critical study of philanthropy from a social justice lens created for and informed by the next generation of inclusive grantmakers.
The Philanthropology™ curriculum includes 9 hours of synchronous virtual content and supplemental activities that cover the landscape and history of the sector, intersectionality, movement building, grantmaking with an equity lens, and strategies for self-advocacy and professional development.
The curriculum also offers 3 hours of asynchronous activities and ample readings to further your knowledge.
Dates and Times:
Registration for the series includes all three modules, which will take place over Zoom.
Each session goes from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST:
- Module 1: Philanthropy History, Ecosystem, and Evolution | October 13
- Module 2: Racial Equity, Advocacy and Policy in Grantmaking | October 27
- Module 3: Self-Advocacy and Personal Leadership | November 10
The series costs $300 for EPIP members. Beginning in 2023, the program will be available to the broader philanthropic community.
- You must be a member of EPIP to register for this cohort. Not sure about your membership? Email [email protected].
- Philanthropology™ is designed for early- to mid-career philanthropy practitioners who have less than 3 years in the field, or those with more experience that are interested in a refresher through a social justice lens.
Note: The "Add To Calendar" button below will only add the first module of this series. Please make sure you manually hold the times for the 2nd and 3rd modules. Dates are listed above.
Ageism is a crucial but less-discussed aspect of DEI, and a critical one for the philanthropic sector. Research shows that even when people exhibit lower levels of sexism and racism, they may be more likely to demonstrate signs of ageism. In this session presented by Southern California Grantmakers and EPIP LA, learn about how pervasive ageism affects people of all ages, and how people in philanthropy can help combat it in their grantmaking processes. Attendees will hear from panelists who can speak to how they work to address ageism in their work, and also how they’ve encountered it as grantseekers in various ways.
Aditi Merchant, Co-Founder, Big and Mini
Caitlin Crommett, Founder and President, DreamCatchers Foundation
Janet Oh, Director of Innovation, Encore.org
We love our community and live to serve it. Yet our third sector practices often perpetuate some of the injustices we wish to end. What would be possible if our work centered the communities we serve? In this session we’ll discuss the racist roots of nonprofits and philanthropy and discuss the Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) movement and its principles. Together we’ll dive more deeply into interpersonal exploration of what CCF can look like in practice, exploring the ways in which we can step into and attempt to shift the power dynamics in service to the communities we serve.
Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) was founded in Seattle and has been growing into a global movement (100 cities around the world!) with thousands of people engaging in new ways of thinking about our work. Join us for this interactive session to learn:
What? Deepen knowledge about the principles of community-centrism and learn about the racist roots of nonprofits and philanthropy;
- So What? Reflect and and connect with colleagues around how we are complicit in upholding problematic systems, and how CCF principles could make a difference for you and your community;
- Now What? Consider and explore next steps in moving towards equitable practices by taking one principle and moving it into action. Leave inspired and equipped to create next steps around your equity journey.
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
- What? Deepen knowledge about the principles of community-centrism and learn about the racist roots of nonprofits and philanthropy;
While the philanthropic sector has been actively working to diversify its staff, the majority of senior leadership and board roles are still predominantly held by white folks. This means that a lot of emerging practitioners of color are currently managed by white supervisors, and/or are on teams that are directed by white folks. While our sector continues on a journey of healing, justice, and liberation, it will take a balance of navigating the current status quo while imagining and envisioning new organizational models. What tools, tactics, strategies, and lessons have you learned about working with and around white supervisors? What gives you pause? Where have you seen this type of relationship really work and you want to share to help offer hope to others? This confidential community conversation will create opportunities for deeper relationship building, power building, and creative problem-solving.
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 and networking opportunities. The PCN uses the EPIP Inclusive Leadership Framework as a basis for skill-building and focus. While this is the final gathering for 2022, you are welcome to join even if you haven't been able to attend previous PCN gatherings.
EPIP Communities of Practice are designed for EPIP members. Not a member yet? Visit our membership page to learn more and join this community of equity-minded changemakers.
Questions about our communities of practice? Reach out to [email protected]
We look forward to connecting with this robust community!
EPIP launched this space in 2021 to provide a rigorous and supportive environment for members who identify as white to:
- deepen knowledge of antiracism and develop skills and strategies to advance racial equity and inclusive leadership practices in philanthropy
- unpack and process the harmful effects of white privilege and white supremacy culture including how both show up within individuals and institutions
- discuss shared challenges and experiences
Early- and mid-career white EPIP members have cited these affinity spaces as important parts of their anti-racist journeys within the sector. Many anti-racist resources, cohorts and peer groups in philanthropy are designed for senior leaders. This community provides learning and accountability for early- and mid-career practitioners to support systems change at all levels of leadership.
How do I join?
Click here to express interest in joining the next cohort! Each cohort is capped at 30. There will be two cohorts launched a year.
Any EPIP member who identifies as white is welcome to register. The space will be most beneficial to those invested in unpacking ways white supremacy culture resides within you individually and within your institution.
The kick off session on November 8th is mandatory and will last 90 minutes.
Additional sessions will meet the second Tuesday of the month for one hour, with the closing session on April 11 meeting for 90 minutes. Zoom information will be provided once participation is confirmed and approved.
What can I expect?
Our communities of practice are guided by principles of peer coaching and group dialogue. While facilitators may provide curated and designed skill-building workshops, your network of peers are your best resource for learning what has worked well and co-creating new-strategies for navigating your unique challenges.
Unlearning and dismantling white supremacy takes a lifetime commitment. Opting into rigorous, committed participation in this space is one opportunity to build your skills and capacity to hold the discomfort required to take meaningful action as a white person doing racial equity work in philanthropy.
What is expected of me?
This community requires a six-month commitment to meet monthly for facilitated discussion and peer coaching around topics of identity, white privilege, white supremacy culture, and anti-racism.
In order to develop rapport and trusted relationships, we ask participants to prioritize consistent attendance. Participants must attend the first gathering of their cohort. Register your interest and commitment here.
Like all communities of practice, this experience is only as strong as members’ participation and feedback. We ask that attendees minimize distractions to be fully present for these vulnerable conversations and learning experiences. Attendees must honor confidentiality of personal experiences shared in these spaces along with any other community agreements created by the group.
Email Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs: [email protected]
EPIP is excited to team up with our Bay Area Chapter to host this interactive discussion on the world of donor-advised funds, also known as "DAFs!"
Attendees will explore what emerging leaders need to know, including:
- tactical components of donor-advised funds (DAFs)
- debates and dilemmas surrounding DAFs and how emerging leaders can get involved in this sector-wide debate
- innovations that center racial equity to use DAFs in the acceleration of social movements
Whether you are brand new to learning about DAFs, or have a strong grasp and want to tap into current debates from a racial equity lens, this event is for you!
Thanks to the leadership of folks like Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry, we are in a zeitgeist moment of recognizing the need for rest and unlearning grind and hustle culture as taught by capitalism and white supremacy. Yet at the same time, in philanthropy we know that we have a huge amount of privilege in our sector and a responsibility to move resources in timely, non-burdensome ways to communities most impacted by the very systems we are trying to resist. Join the fall 2022 session of the emerging women of color community of practice for dialogue and peer coaching around the unique challenges, opportunities, and tools of finding elusive work/life/self/family balance as emerging women of color in philanthropy.
*Note: you are welcome to join this gathering even if you haven't been part of the gatherings previously in 2022. 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.