January 2023 Newsletter


Welcome to EPIP’s Chief Financial Officer!

After an extensive search led by McNeil Creative Enterprises (MCE), EPIP is thrilled to welcome Michelle Cooper (she/her) as EPIP’s Chief Financial Officer! Michelle will play a pivotal role in our organization’s growth and long-term sustainability efforts with a specific focus on driving EPIP’s finance and accounting, operations, and human resource strategies through a racial justice lens. Please join us in welcoming Michelle! Click here to learn more about Michelle and our growing EPIP team.

EPIP staff at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Ring in the Year event in Washington, DC - January 2023. Featured in photo left to right: Erika Hawthorne (Director of Membership and Communications), Storme Gray (President), Michelle Cooper (Chief Financial Officer), and Landrum Beard (Director of Advancement).

Early Member-Access to Spring 2023 Philanthropology™!

EPIP members, take advantage of this early access to join our Spring 2023 cohort of Philanthropology™! This is the first year EPIP will be opening our signature curriculum to the entire sector, but first, we have saved a set of seats just for our members at a discounted rate! Click here to log into your member account and register today!

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.

  • Registration for the series includes all three modules, which will take place over Zoom from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PST on April 19, May 3 and May 17.
  • The series costs $325 for members of EPIP and $500 for non-members (non-member registration link coming soon).

EPIP Member Orientation - Feb. 28

EPIP is excited to convene all new and returning EPIP members for an orientation session to learn more about what's new with EPIP and ways to engage with the network to get the most out of your membership. Click here to join the first orientation session of 2023 on February 28 at 2:30 pm ET!

Not a member yet? Click here or reach out to [email protected] to learn more and join our network!

Disability Inclusion & Intersectionality Workshop - March 1

Join EPIP for our first workshop of the year, on March 1, 2023 at 3:00 pm EST! Between COVID-19, racial tensions, and rising work expectations, disability and mental health awareness with organizational leaders is more important than ever. Facilitated by Keri Grey, this workshop will build on existing EPIP programming around disability and intersectionality. This 90-minute program is open to all, but free to members. Learn more and register here.

2023 Dates for EPIP Communities of Practice!

Check out our Communities of Practice to learn about 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 Network: 90-minute sessions start at 3 pm EST on: April 24, July 25, and October 31. Click here to sign up.
  • People of Color Network: 90-minute sessions start at 3 pm EST on: March 23, June 27, September 26, December 5. Click here to register for the March session.
  • White Affinity Cohort: The newest cohort that launched in November will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month until April 11. Click here to learn more and sign up for updates about future cohorts.

2023 Unity Summit Call for Submissions - Due Feb. 10!

The 2023 Unity Summit will be held October 16-19, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA, with hybrid elements. We hope you will join us in LA or virtually!

The call for sessions is now open! This is your opportunity to bring your voices to the Unity Summit. This convening is a platform for bold ideas and unique voices that help inform philanthropic practice and move the sector forward. Therefore, session proposals should be in line with at least one of the Unity Summit goals:

  • Highlight how to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion towards liberation into philanthropic practice
  • Amplify racially equitable philanthropic practices that address structural and institutional change
  • Magnify our partners' community priorities with an intersectional approach

Learn more and submit your idea here by February 10!

Welcome to CHANGE Philanthropy's New Executive Director!

EPIP is pleased to celebrate the appointment of Alice Y. Hom, Ph.D. as CHANGE Philanthropy's next Executive Director! She will succeed Lyle Matthew Kan, Interim National Director, on March 13, 2023. Alice is a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities for social change. She will be joining CHANGE Philanthropy from Northern California Grantmakers, where she is currently serving as the Equity and Social Justice Director. At NCG, Alice developed and managed a multi-sector cohort program for leaders on operationalizing racial equity for organizations in the business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy sectors. Learn more about Alice here and join us in welcoming her to this new role in our community!

EPIP Chapter Events

EPIP Boston | Friday Night Out! - Feb. 17

Check out this in-person engagement opportunity for EPIP members in the Boston Area! EPIP Boston invites you to a Friday night out on February 17 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST to engage in an interactive wine-tasting experience from BIPOC wine producers and networking with your fellow philanthropy practitioners.

A small registration fee of $25 per person is required and space is limited, so click here to sign up today! Please sign up by February 9.

Sector News & Events

Philanthropic Sign-On Letter in Response to Police Violence

Marc Philpart, Executive Director of the California Black Freedom Fund, shared the following remarks in this Philanthropic Sign-On Letter in Response to Police Violence: “Historically, philanthropy has responded to flashpoints of police violence and mass mobilizations with an uptick in temporary funding directed toward Black communities, and more broadly, communities of color. These surges in funding often are short-term, tactical or narrowly focused. Then, when the urgency of the moment recedes, new momentum to build lasting, organized power in Black communities is lost, and resources to build multiracial coalitions disappear. This time, we must keep the momentum." Learn more about the California Black Freedom Fund and ways to get involved here.

Reflections from AAPIP: 11 Ways Forward This Lunar Year

In response to the horrific news of yet more mass shootings experienced within Asian American communities in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, our colleagues at AAPIP shared this list of resources to support community members in balancing the heaviness of this moment while finding hope and healing during this time.

Strategies for Philanthropy to Support Racial Healing

On January 17, our partners at Native Americans in Philanthropy published a powerful piece in honor of the National Day of Racial Healing offering the following strategies for philanthropy to support racial healing:

  • Investing in Research and Data to Advance Equity in Philanthropy
  • Investing in Movements and Organizing Networks
  • Intentional Relationship Building is Key to Effective Philanthropy
  • Philanthropy and Policy: A Partnership for Racial Healing

Click here to read the full blog post and learn more.

Additionally, CHANGE Philanthropy partner organizations compiled recommendations for what Philanthropy can do to support its own need for racial healing. The historical harm inflicted by colonization, genocide, and centuries of systemic oppression is becoming more widely recognized. However, that knowledge alone is not enough to prevent the exploitation that continues to this day, nor is it capable of healing our collective trauma. There is no undoing of many of the traumas our communities have experienced, but we can come together to understand, address, and take the journey of healing together:

  • First, we learn about and reckon with painful histories.
  • Second, we recognize the connection between historical trauma and today’s funding priorities.
  • And third, as allies with resources, we take meaningful action that restores our communities.

Racial healing is a slow, painful process, but it’s one we collectively must take part in. When grounded in respect, truth, empathy, and equity, it has the restorative potential to affirm the inherent value of all people.

2022 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Report

CHANGE Philanthropy recently released the 2022 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Report. The DAPP report is a landmark tool for analyzing the philanthropic sector’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and provides a temperature gauge for progress toward a more inclusive sector. Read the full report for the comprehensive findings here.

On-Ramp to Catalytic Philanthropy - Feb. 16 - April 27

This winter, Exponent Philanthropy is hosting a 10-week hands-on experiential program focused on shifting philanthropic practice from transactional to transformational. Our On-Ramp to Catalytic Philanthropy, the signature program of our Catalytic Leadership Academy, provides training, community, and support to venture out into your community, listen deeply and nurture relationships. This program is designed to be a meaningful, transformative experience – one that could significantly shift your view of your role and work. Click here to learn more and register.

Registration Now Open for ABFE's 2023 Harambee Conference - April 12-15

Click here to register for the nation’s largest gathering of Black professionals in philanthropy! ABFE's Annual Harambee Conference will happen in Raleigh, North Carolina from April 12-15, 2023.

PEAK 2023 Gathering - May 8-10

The PEAK community is reuniting May 8–10, 2023 in Baltimore, MD! PEAK is excited for their first in-person annual convening since 2019 and to debut new ways of gathering. Join PEAK for a collective emergent learning journey toward more equitable, effective grantmaking. Click here to register!

GEO 2023 Learning Conference - May 22-23

Click here to join GEO's 2023 Learning Conference, happening in Washington, DC from May 22-23. This conference is designed to expose participants to cutting-edge practices in equity-informed, community-driven grantmaking while giving them the knowledge and tools to apply learning in all aspects of their work.

What We’re Reading, Watching & Listening to:

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