June 2022 Newsletter

In Our Own Words

We know that our collective work to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world brings a mix of rewarding wins and exhausting defeats. At EPIP, we share frustrations many of you are feeling in response to recent events, including the devastating Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade. As we continue our work, we're challenging ourselves to 1) take space to process the complex emotions related to how recent events impact us and our communities, and 2) find ways to fuel motivation to move forward with a focus on the changes we can create when we work together.

EPIP will continue to support our members with developing skills as inclusive leaders to create the changes we hope to see in our society. To advance equity and social justice, we need equity-minded leaders driving change in and through philanthropy.

In this newsletter, you'll find resources addressing the reproductive rights movement, honoring Pride month, and celebrating the history of Juneteenth as well as leadership development opportunities for emerging practitioners. We’ve also included an exciting announcement about how EPIP is expanding to enhance the ways we serve our members.

As we navigate current events, we encourage you to connect with your peers for support, take space to rest, and prioritize time with your loved ones to rejuvenate your spirits.

In Solidarity,



EPIP is Expanding!

EPIP is expanding to enhance the ways we support and amplify the needs, experiences, and leadership of our members! Check out our recent blog, “A Look Forward: Our R/evolution Continues,” to learn more. We are excited to continue building capacity to support the next 20+ years of emergent leadership and changemaking in and through philanthropy.

Prioritizing Rest and Restoration

To operationalize our shared values of rest and restoration in the course of doing work, EPIP will be closed on Fridays during the summer. 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.

Managing Up Without Shutting Down - July 25

Join EPIP and CompassPoint on July 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT for a highly interactive workshop on how to “manage up” without shutting down. Attendees will build self-advocacy and interpersonal leadership skills to feel empowered navigating positional power dynamics at work while advancing equity. Click here to register! This workshop is open to all philanthropic professionals for $50 and FREE for EPIP members! Click here to register.

People of Color Network Summer Gathering - August 3

Even before the pandemic, we know from our members that striking a balance between work and life demands was hard-fought. On August 3, at 3 p.m. EST join the People of Color Network for 90 minutes devoted to managing stress and finding small opportunities for healing while striving for an elusive "work/life balance". Click here to register.

In Case You Missed It: Lead{her}Shift Resource

Shout out to our Executive Director, Storme Gray for highlighting the value of leadership coaching during the Lead{her}Shift LIVE 2022 virtual convening, an action-oriented convening for women in executive leadership roles. Check out this link to access recordings until July 8 from this powerful convening and click here to learn more about Marissa Q Paine International (MQPI) as a resource for executive coaching and change management consulting.


Chapter News & Events

Keep an eye on our events page for opportunities to connect with your local and national philanthropic community!

EPIP Bay Area | Media Club: Money as Medicine - July 7

Join EPIP Bay Area virtually on July 7 at 12:00 pm PT for their second media club dedicated to learning about and from Indigenous communities on how philanthropic professionals can engage, be in solidarity with, and fund Native-led work. Attendees will discuss the “Money as Medicine” framework, the healing power of arts and culture community practices, and ways to leverage philanthropy in order to amplify, sustain, and strengthen Native-led organizations. Click here to learn more and register today!

The Latest in Philanthropy

Funder Briefing: Black Women's Reproductive Rights - July 6

ABFE will host a virtual funder briefing with Women’s Funding Network on July 6 from 2-3 p.m. ET focused on bringing attention to organizations that are engaged in combating reproductive inequities and work to tread a collaborative pathway forward to amplify our shared call to action. The webinar aims to lift-up Black-led reproductive justice organizations and their collective response to Supreme Court and other state court decisions regarding Roe v. Wade. Click here to register.

Women’s Funding Network Calls for Bold Philanthropic Pledge to Protect Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice

In light of recent events, this call includes five immediate actions that individuals and philanthropy at large can take to protect abortion access and bodily autonomy:

  1. Give Now and With Trust
  2. Listen to Movement Leadership
  3. Plan for the Future While Acknowledging the Past
  4. Collaborate Across Strategies and Issues
  5. Invest in Existing Movement Infrastructure for the Long-Term

As Black Queer poet and activist Audre Lorde once reminded us, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Our liberation is bound to one another’s, and the surest way to freedom is to follow, and fund, those who know the way. Click here to learn more.

Native Voices Rising 2022 Grant Cycle Now Open - Deadline July 15

Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy are pleased to announce that the Native Voices Rising 2022 grant pool is open for donors and potential applicants. Since its inception, Native Voice Rising has awarded $5.5M of grants to 145+ Native-led, grassroots organizations. These grant partners are collectively engaging tens of thousands of Native community members across the country while focusing on a wide range of critical issues – including environmental and climate justice, health and healing, voter and civic engagement, and youth and intergenerational engagement. Click here to learn more about eligibility and access the application. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2022.

Anti-Oppression Coaching Circles - July 18, 21 & 28

Anti-Oppression Coaching Circles is a new space for learning, reflection, and skills building to advance decolonized and self-determined leadership in ways that are meaningful and promote holistic well-being. This cohort will meet on July 18, 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. PT to 12 p.m. ET. Click here to learn more and register for this intimate leadership development opportunity.

United Philanthropy Forum’s 2022 Annual Conference - July 18-20

Registration is still open for the United Philanthropy Forum’s 2022 Annual Conference happening July 18-20 in Seattle, WA. Click here to join colleagues from philanthropy-serving organizations across the country for a robust weekend of shared learning and connecting. There is also a virtual component available.

Our EPIP team is excited to attend in person. We look forward to connecting with many of you there!

2022 HR Retreat: Evolving the Philanthropic Workplace - September 9-8

CHANGE Philanthropy and Council on Foundations are joining forces to host their 2022 HR Retreat: Evolving the Philanthropic Workplace September 9-8. This virtual gathering will focus on:

  • Building a culture of belonging and care
  • Developing and engaging a shifting workforce
  • Integrating equity through the HR landscape

Click here to register.

2023 Equity in Philanthropy Fellowship

Rockwood Leadership Institute is thrilled to launch the nomination process for the 2023 Equity in Philanthropy Fellowship in partnership with Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. This Fellowship connects a robust and intersectional group of philanthropic leaders and catalyzes a shift in philanthropy in which diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are at the center of all decision-making levels. Full tuition, accommodation, and all meals during the training sessions are covered for the selected fellows. Click here to learn more and use this link to nominate candidates.

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