May 2023 Newsletter

EPIP Team Out and About!

The EPIP team was out and about this May! Our President Storme Gray discussed how to create organizational communities of care in a keynote panel with Ruchika Tulshyan at PEAK’s 2023 conference. They discussed the importance of cultivating psychological safety for teams to feel supported in making mistakes and learning from them. As Storme highlighted in this recent blog, “Failing is a first attempt at learning.” Storme and Ruchika also encouraged the audience to share lessons learned so peers don’t have to make the same mistakes. Cultivating this level of psychological safety in our institutions and our sector requires bravery and deep work to build trust. Check out the graphic above for other key takeaways!

Our Chapter Liaison, Laura Collier and Director of Membership and Communications, Erika Hawthorne, also led a workshop at PEAK’s 2023 conference in Baltimore. They encouraged leaders at all levels to harness their power through formal & informal roles to advocate for themselves and advance equity. Participants reflected on informal roles they want to lean into that bring them joy and amplify their natural gifts. Through naming creative informal titles like, “Self-care Advocate, Assumption Challenger, and Knowledge Sharer,” people in the room identified what comes naturally to them and delved into discussions with peers on how to feel empowered and embrace a sense of ease and purpose in their work.

Last week, EPIP hosted an emerging leaders happy hour at GEO’s 2023 Learning Conference in Washington, DC while Elyse and Laura from the programs team traveled to Los Angeles to prepare for the 2023 CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit! Below are a few snapshots of memories made this May!

What’s next? Landrum Beard, Director of Advancement, will be at the Hispanics in Philanthropy 2023 Leadership Conference in San Francisco June 5-7, and Elyse Gordon, Director of Programs, 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!

It has been so good to connect with our members and colleagues in person this month and we are excited to stay engaged as we move through the summer. At a time when so much darkness is moving through the world including unfathomable political attacks on transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities (learn more in this recent call to action from Funders for LGBTQ Issues), it is so important that we continue to build community, power and resilience to create change that centers equity and justice. The closing keynote at GEO’s Learning Conference (featuring Maurice Mitchell, author of, “Building Resilient Organizations,” and Jonathan Jayes-Green, board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues) reminded me of the power and privilege that comes with working in philanthropy. No matter what roles we currently hold, we all have the power to do something to address the systemic threats facing our communities. Whether we are CEOs leading an organization’s funding strategy, grants managers working on the administrative side, or communications specialists helping to tell our organizations’ stories, we each have a daily opportunity to advocate for equity through our formal and informal roles.

As we process our experiences, develop skills as inclusive leaders, and build relationships with like-minded peers, EPIP continues to be here to hold space for our members to grow in the sector and support one another on our leadership journeys. We encourage you to take a look at the opportunities below to tap into the network over the coming months.

In Solidarity,

Erika Hawthorne (she/her)

EPIP Director of Membership & Communications

EPIP News & Events

Summer Fridays

To prioritize 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.

Inclusive Leadership Skills: Managing Up Workshop - June 8

Join EPIP 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 Member Orientation - July 13

Sign up today for our next quarterly member orientation happening July 13 at 1:00 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.

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

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 June 27 at 3 pm EST, September 26 at 3 pm EST, and December 5 at 3 pm EST.

White Affinity Community of Practice: *NEW COHORT ALERT* We are launching a new cohort this June that will meet on the second Tuesday of each month until November 14. Click here to express interest in joining and RSVP here for the kickoff meeting happening June 13!

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

BIPOC Solidarity & Unlearning White Supremacy Culture - June 27

Join EPIP’s People of Color Network on June 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm ET to explore ways Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) can build solidarity and greater trust with one another as we drive change in our sector. In this two-hour guided dialogue and healing session with Yoo-Jin Kang attendees will: gain perspective and clarity on internalized white supremacy characteristics, discuss what makes it challenging to name and confront these with other BIPOC colleagues and practice healing modalities for connecting with more liberatory visions for leadership and relationships. Sign up here!

Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ Cohort - Aug. 24

Grab Your Spot Before Summer Vacay for EPIP’s Fall 2023 Philanthropology™ 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!

Unity Summit Registration Launching Soon!

We are only 5 months away from the summit and can’t wait to connect with our vibrant community in person. Click here to stay in the loop and keep an eye out for the registration link in the coming weeks. Below is a preview of rates to support your planning:

Unity Summit Scholarships for EPIP Members - Apply by June 10!

EPIP is excited to provide ten $1,000 scholarships for EPIP members interested in attending the Unity Summit. Scholarships will cover registration ($800 value) and $200 in additional expenses. In alignment with EPIP’s commitment to equity, we are prioritizing scholarships for members who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, and/or gender-expansive folx who do not have access to professional development funds at their home institutions or have limited access to funds. Click here to submit your request by June 10!

EPIP Bay Area and PEAK NorCal Networking Mixer - June 7

Join EPIP Bay Area for their first in-person event since 2020 - a networking mixer with PEAK Grantmaking Northern California on June 7 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a chance for EPIP and PEAK members to learn about opportunities with each organization, grow your networks, and connect with new and old colleagues face-to-face. Click here to learn more and RSVP!

EPIP LA | Lunch With A Leader: Joy Chia - June 7

Join EPIP LA on June 7 at 12:00 pm PT for an intimate and thought-provoking conversation with Joy Chia, executive director of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, to discuss advancing equity in the philanthropic sector and mobilizing resources for social justice. Click here to register.

EPIP Boston | Rest Is Resistance Book Club - June 15

Click here to join EPIP’s Boston Chapter on June 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm ET for a discussion on Rest Is Resistance, Tricia Hersey (aka The Nap Bishop).

Sector News & Events

What’s Next for TAAF: A New 5-Year Strategy - June 1

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) launched in the aftermath of the Atlanta spa shootings in 2021 to build a safer and more inclusive future for AAPIs everywhere. Galvanized by findings from AAPIP’s report, Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities, TAAF also launched their AAPI Giving Challenge, engaging corporates, foundations, and donors to pledge more than $1.1B for the AAPI community over five years.

Join TAAF CEO Norman Chen on June 1 at 12:00 pm PT for an interactive discussion as he shares TAAF’s five-year ambition and how the organization hopes to drive long-term impact through its newly unveiled portfolio strategy. The strategy includes grantmaking and launching high-impact programs and events focused on TAAF’s four core pillars: anti-hate, education, narrative change, and resources & representation. Register here to join!

Grantmakers In Health Networking Reception - June 8

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a networking reception on Thursday, June 8 from 7:30-9:30 CDT in Minneapolis, MN, during the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Annual Conference! Enjoy drinks, bites, conversation, and lawn bowling for those so inclined. All LGBTQ and allied staff of philanthropic organizations are welcome to attend. Register here.

Funder Briefing on Anti-LGBTQ Backlash - June 13

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Grantmakers for Southern Progress on June 13 for a funder briefing on the history and current status of the far right's efforts to weaponize trans and gender non-conforming communities in their fight to attack bodily autonomy. Click here to register!

The Who, What, How and Why Foundations are Advancing Rural Justice with Impact Investing - June 6

Join Integrated Rural Strategies Group and Invest Appalachia in a two-part webinar series to explore innovative impact investing opportunities for philanthropy. Part 1 of the series (June 6 at 11 am PT) will offer an interactive learning experience about Invest Appalachia’s unique community-centered model and how and why foundations are partnering with IA to liberate their philanthropic assets to bring critical resources to this region. Register here.

Racial Justice Stances: Dismantling White Supremacy - July 10 & 13

The work of dismantling white supremacy challenges us to embody our truest selves and our deepest values. But often, even talking about racism with others takes us away from ourselves and from conscious choice in how we show up. This workshop supports participants in developing new tools to stay rooted in who they are and what they value, even in moments of tension and conflict. Join Equity In the Center on July 10 and 13 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET for a workshop that will give participants the groundwork to:

  • Develop a stance for racial justice conversations rooted in their core values, beliefs and longings for the world;
  • Better understand, notice and navigate their triggers;
  • Sharpen discernment around when and how to engage in racial justice conversations;
  • Practice their stances in real-world scenarios, guided by facilitators; and
  • Hone their practice of racial justice conversations over time.

Click here to learn more and register.

Andrus Family Fund is Seeking Community Board Members - Apply by June 16!

Do you have a passion for social and racial justice as well as a strong commitment to serving the public good? Are you between 25 and 45 years old? Apply to join the Andrus Family Fund board! AFF seeks Community Board Members who align with their values and encourages directly impacted individuals — including women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities — to apply. Submit your application here by June 16 to be considered.

The Path to Worker Health, Safety, and Power Three Years On: Pandemic Aftershocks and Organizing Opportunities - June 21

On June 21 at 11 am PT, join this 2-hour, interactive, popular education-style workshop that will focus on collective learning about nurturing and sustaining worker leadership for worker power: on the job, with the government, and in public discourse. It is an opportunity for funders to reflect on your role as a worker and funder, deepen your understanding of what causes people to be unsafe at work and identify how workers’ fight for health, safety, and power intersects with your own lives and your institutional commitments to movements for racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice. Click here to register.


CompassPoint invites you to join a learning series for Black folks looking to build knowledge, practices, and skills around self-care, creating a culture of care at your organization, and developing a stance of community care in service of our collective liberation. This series is for leaders at every level, as self-care is an essential part of social justice work. Navigating and dismantling white supremacy at the interpersonal, organizational, and structural levels requires rigorous joy, replenishment, connection, and community building! Virtual sessions will be held on June 30, July 20, August 3, August 18, and August 31. Click here to learn more and sign up.

What We’re Reading, Watching & Listening to:

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  • Erika Hawthorne
    published this page in Newsletters 2023-05-31 19:47:12 -0400