March 2023 Newsletter

Call to Action

EPIP is proud to be in coalition with Funders for LGBTQ Issues to resource the intersectional liberation of trans and gender nonconforming communities.

To protect the rights our social movements have fought for, we must work beyond silos. As Audre Lorde once said, “there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”

I strongly encourage you to review this powerful statement released by our colleagues at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and take action. Philanthropy can and must do more.

In Solidarity,

Storme Gray

pronouns: she/they

President, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy


Registration is Open for the Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort!

EPIP’s Spring 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort is Officially SOLD OUT! Due to the overwhelming interest, we are excited to launch registration early for our Fall 2023 Cohort!

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. Click here to learn more and secure your spot!

Communities of Practice

Check out EPIP's Communities of Practice for opportunities to strengthen connections with peers through identity-based relationship-building, professional development, and peer coaching. Below are the 2023 gathering dates for our active cohorts:

Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice: 90-minute sessions are scheduled for May 5 at 1 pm EST, July 25 at 3 pm EST, and October 31 at 3 pm EST. Click here to register for the May session on Career Pathways in Philanthropy!

People of Color Community of Practice: 90-minute sessions are scheduled for June 27 at 3 pm EST, September 26 at 3 pm EST, and December 5 at 3 pm EST. (Registration links coming soon)

White Affinity Community of Practice: The newest cohort launched in November and continues to meet on the second Tuesday of each month until April 11. *NEW COHORT ALERT* The next cohort will launch this June. Click here to learn more and express interest in joining!

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

Emerging Practitioners Happy Hour at ABFE’s Conference - April 14

Join EPIP and North Carolina Grantmakers at ABFE’s Harambe Conference for an in-person happy hour on April 14 at 5:00 pm. Whether you are new to philanthropy and looking to find your people, or already engaged and excited to connect with EPIP in person, we can't wait to see you! Check ABFE’s conference app under “community” and “meet-ups” for more details and to RSVP.

EPIP Member Orientation - May 2

Calling all new and returning EPIP members! Join our next quarterly orientation on May 2 at 12:00 pm ET to learn what's new with EPIP and ways to engage with our network to get the most out of your membership. Come connect with peers in breakout room conversations, hear from active members about their experiences, and provide feedback to staff on what you're excited about, what challenges you're facing, and ways we can continually support you. Click here to register!

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

Skills for Inclusive Leadership: Managing Up Workshop - June 8

Join EPIP on June 08 at 1:00 pm ET for an interactive workshop on strategies for ‘managing up’ and navigating power dynamics in virtual and hybrid workplaces. EPIP spaces are always designed for high engagement, rooted in peer learning, and reflect our Inclusive Leadership Framework. This event is open to all and FREE to EPIP members. Click here to register! EPIP Members, use this link to access your discounted rate.

This workshop is part of EPIP's Skills for Inclusive Leadership workshop series. Stay tuned for the upcoming workshops on advocacy and philanthropic financial literacy through an equity lens.

EPIP Chapter Events

EPIP LA | Chapter Leader Shout-out!

Shout-out to Michelle Dominguez, EPIP LA Chapter Leader, for their recent article feature, “Six Questions for Joy Chia, Executive Director at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice” with InSide Philanthropy. Michelle Dominguez (they/them/elle) is a Queer and Trans Los Angeles native born to Colombian immigrants. After a decade-long career in higher education student affairs, they switched to the nonprofit and philanthropy sector in 2021. What brings Michelle joy? Quality time with loved ones, mindfulness, chocolate desserts, and Disney magic.

Sector News & Events

Investing in Social Sector Infrastructure

Inequities and disparities in the social sector and Social Sector Infrastructure make it hard for the social sector to thrive. The Urban Institute and George Mason University’s new research describes these issues and offers steps to address them. Check out this recording and these resources to learn about the importance of investing in infrastructure to support an effective social sector that benefits our society:

2023 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey

The Council on Foundations’ 2023 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits (GSB) Survey is now open! Survey respondents get free access to the GSB Report, and participation ensures the Report remains a comprehensive source of compensation information that organizations throughout the sector can use to guide their own salary, benefits, and board policies. Click here to learn more and complete the survey.

Investing in Tribal Nations is Crucial to Protecting Our Lands & Waterways

Native Americans in Philanthropy and Biodiversity Funders Group, in partnership with 15 leading funders, recently announced the launch of the Tribal Nations Conservation Pledge at the White House Conservation in Action Summit. To date, funders have committed $102.5 million over the next five years to support Tribal-led conservation work. This Pledge represents a shift in climate funding by recognizing and supporting Native communities who have long been leaders in this work. Click here to learn more and get involved.

Celebrating the New Rock Star Fund Cohort

Congratulations to the Washington Area Women's Foundation’s newest Rock Star Fund cohort! The #RockStarFund provides young women, girls, and gender-expansive youth of color a one-time award of up to $2,000 to invest in their own community projects and inspiring ideas. Click here to learn about each of these outstanding young women and their selected projects!

Supervision for BIPOC Leaders: Relationships & Structures that Help Us Thrive - April 4-5

On April 5-6, CompassPoint is leading a two-day training for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Supervisors to connect with each other, explore resources, and gain new tools to transform their approach to supervision. Leaders in social justice organizations are often called to “supervise” others without a deep examination of what that really means, what it has to do with expressions of power, and how their approach reflects their values. Join to learn how liberatory and transformational commitments and practices can be integrated into the way BIPOC leaders supervise. Learn more here and register today!

Inspiration and Tools for Your Supervision Practices:

Funders Concerned About AIDS Advocacy Forum - April 19

More than four decades into the HIV response, universal access to rights-based HIV prevention and treatment – the foundation to reaching the end of AIDS – remains a challenge. What can philanthropy do to leverage its voice and funding to address critical, emerging threats to the global response to HIV and AIDS? Join Funders Concerned About AIDS on April 19 in Washington, DC to lend your voice to this critical discussion. Click here to learn more.

Virginia’s Funders Network Conference - May 2-3

On May 2-3, Virginia’s Funders Network will host its 2nd annual conference at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Join over 200 philanthropic leaders for two inspiring days of in-person learning, networking, and community-building. Click here for more information.

Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group Convening - May 8-9

The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) is hosting a convening on May 8-9 at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice to celebrate AGAS’s legacy and share insights gleaned from its history promoting robust, effective, and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities. Join to meet grantmaking practitioners with diverse interests, approaches, and perspectives and examine your funding within a broader geographic context. Click here to learn more and register.

Feminist Funded '23 Conference - September 10-14

Join the Women's Funding Network in Washington, DC for the Feminist Funded ’23 conference September 10-14. Global leaders in philanthropy will convene to explore ways to create a more just, equitable, and safer world for all. In-person sessions will also be broadcast live! Click here to learn more and register today!

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] and we may include it in a future newsletter.

Job Board

Looking for a new opportunity?

The positions below are just the beginning! Check our Job Board for more opportunities from around the country:

Log in to your member account or join EPIP today to explore more opportunities on our Job Board using filters and special features!

Join Our Community!

Ready to start getting member benefits and access to member-only resources?

Join EPIP as an individual or institutional member!

Questions? Let us know!

Missed last month's newsletter? You can now access our newsletters on our website!

EPIP is a project of Tides Center