September 2022 Newsletter

In Our Own Words: Reflecting on Philanthropology™

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we debuted EPIP’s signature curriculum, Philanthropology™ to our members. In our first year of offering this curriculum as a 6-week virtual learning series, we’ve already worked with over 100 practitioners who were either new to the sector, or wanted to revisit long-held assumptions about philanthropy. As we gear up for our fall cohort, I am full of excitement to help train our next group of Philanthropologists to be more equitable and effective in their roles and the fight for a more just world.

As EPIP’s program director, I am filled with pride and awe at the quality of learning and connection we’ve witnessed this year. As one of our participants shared, “I was absolutely floored by how Philanthropology made me feel. Perhaps the timing was just right, but coming in my first few weeks of being at the Foundation, it helped me not only realize the possibilities for all of us in the collective philanthropy community, but how that affected our capacity to do good things.” At a time when philanthropy is navigating cascading crises, this orientation towards hope and possibility feels radical and so desperately needed.

Philanthropology™ is based on EPIP’s Inclusive Leadership Framework, ensuring all participants walk away with a better understanding of core competencies that help develop inclusive leaders at all levels of an organization. Even attendees with years of experience in the sector shared, “As someone who has been in philanthropy awhile, I felt the content was just as relevant as when I was new but in a different way. I loved reflecting on my journey thus far and where I am heading now. I also loved adding new tools to my toolbox!

In addition to our focus on learning about the history, trends, and future of philanthropy, our members have shared that the sense of community and connection created at our sessions is what makes the learning stick. Participants craft personal mission statements that are rooted in identity, role, and vision for the sector. They learn EPIP’s approach to peer coaching, which encourages individual and self-advocacy to solve dilemmas. And most importantly, participants learn they are not alone in the sector.

While we know taking time for your own leadership development can feel difficult when juggling competing priorities, we hope you will consider this opportunity for transformative learning and professional development. As we’ve heard from our members, it is worth the investment.

Click here to learn more and register by October 7! Sessions are scheduled for Oct. 13, Oct. 27, and Nov. 10. Each session will go from 12:00 - 3:00 pm CST.

If you have any questions about the program, or our plans to expand this offering, contact us at [email protected].

If you’re interested in registering but are not a member yet, visit our membership page to join our network or contact [email protected] with any questions.

In Solidarity,

Elyse Gordon


EPIP is Hiring a Programs Associate!

EPIP is seeking a detail-oriented, collaborative, and people-oriented Programs Associate to play a key role in coordinating, implementing, and strengthening EPIP’s programming. This is a great opportunity for an individual interested in project management, virtual programming, and administrative support. This is a temporary, remote, full-time position. Click here to learn more and apply by Oct. 28!

EPIP is Seeking a Strategic Marketing & Communications Consultant!

EPIP is thrilled to launch a search for a dynamic values-aligned marketing and communications consultant or firm to enhance our overall communications and marketing strategy! Click here to view the request for proposals and please share this opportunity with any qualified consultants in your networks! Proposals are due by Oct. 28.

Contact [email protected] with any questions and include “Comms RFP” in the subject line.

Staff Retreat

The EPIP Team will be convening for a staff retreat from October 3-6. Our response time will be delayed during this time as we plan for our ongoing expansion journey. Revisit our recent blog, “A Look Forward: Our R/evolution Continues,” for a preview of EPIP’s future direction.

People of Color Network Fall Gathering - Nov. 2

Join the People of Color Network for its final gathering of 2022 on Nov. 2 at 12:00 p.m. PT. This confidential community conversation will create opportunities for deeper relationship building, power building, and creative problem-solving related to working with white supervisors as people of color. Click here to learn more and register.

White Affinity Community of Practice: Fall Cohort Kick-off - Nov. 8

EPIP’s next cohort of the White Affinity Community of Practice is now open! This space offers a rigorous and supportive environment for EPIP members who identify as white to deepen knowledge of antiracism and develop skills to advance racial equity and inclusive leadership practices in philanthropy. This cohort starts with a mandatory kick-off session on Nov. 8 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. P.T. followed by monthly gatherings on the second Tuesday of each month. Click here to learn more and sign up today!

Public Event: Discussion on Donor Advised Funds - Nov. 15

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!" 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! Join us on Nov. 15 at 12:00 pm. PT. This event is open to the public, so please spread the word and register today!

Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice: Making Work/Life Balance Work For Us - Nov. 16

Join the Emerging Women of Color Community of Practice on Nov. 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET for dialogue and peer coaching around the unique challenges, opportunities, and tools related to finding life/work balance as emerging women of color in philanthropy. Click here to register!

Chapter News & Events

Philanthropology™ Scholarships - Apply by Oct. 6!

EPIP’s Seattle and Philadelphia chapters are excited to offer 6 scholarships each for EPIP members interested in Philanthropology™ that may not have access to professional development dollars. Please use this link to learn more and apply ASAP!

EPIP Michigan | Scholarship Opportunity - Apply by Oct. 6!

EPIP Michigan is teaming up with the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) to offer full registration scholarships for emerging practitioners who wish to attend CMF's 50th Annual Conference taking place November 14-16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click here to apply by October 6! For more information about the conference, please visit

EPIP LA | Breaking Down the California Ballot: 2022 Edition - Oct. 3

Join EPIP LA on Oct. 3 at 4:00 pm PT to hear from David Levitus and Godfrey Plata of LA Forward about the propositions on the upcoming ballot. This interactive program will include an overview of key statewide and local measures, followed by breakouts to dive deeper into the issues. Click here to register.

EPIP Bay Area | Intro to Effective Altruism - Oct. 12

Join EPIP's Bay Area chapter on Oct. 12 for a 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 Effective Altruism values inform her work at Open Philanthropy. Click here to register.

EPIP LA | Combating Ageism in Society and Philanthropy - Oct. 13

Join EPIP LA and Southern California Grantmakers on Oct. 13 at 2:00 p.m. PT to learn about ageism, and how people in philanthropy can help combat it in their grantmaking processes. Click here to learn more and register!

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

The Latest in Philanthropy

Book Charla with Carmen Rita Wong - Oct. 4

Join HIP's President & CEO, Ana Marie Argilagos on Oct. 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET as she chats with Carmen Rita Wong about her new memoir "Why Didn't You Tell Me?" Click here to register!

How Funders can Advance a Maternal Mental Health System that Works for Latinx Families - Oct. 5

Join Funders for Maternal Mental Health and Hispanics in Philanthropy on Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a webinar on how funders can better focus on the unique voices, experiences, and particular system needs of Latinx families to build equity within family-facing systems that address and impact maternal mental health. This webinar will center the experience of Lantix families and give the context needed in thinking through investment strategies. Click here to register.

Hispanic Heritage Month Pitch Series

Inicio Ventures and Google for Startups are partnering with leading regional and national organizations to showcase the talented pool of investment-ready Latinx founders across the US. Click here to learn more and explore ways to get involved!

Visit the Hispanics in Philanthropy website to learn about other upcoming events!

Trust-Based and Data-Driven Grantmaking: Finding the Right Balance - Oct. 6

Join PEAK Grantmaking and Submittable on Oct. 6 at 2:00 pm ET to dive into how trust-based and data-driven grantmaking can—and should!—coexist! Click here to learn more and register today!

Complete the Race to Lead Survey by Oct. 14!

Do you feel the pressure to push DEI efforts in your organization or no one else will? Do you feel expected to push DEI efforts forward because of some aspect of your identity? The Building Movement Project Race to Lead Survey shows that people of color are nearly twice as likely as their white counterparts to feel frustrated by being called on to push DEI efforts. Share your experience in the 2022 RaceToLeadSurvey!

Philanthropy + Policy Institute - Nov. 14 - 15

Join United Philanthropy Forum’s Philanthropy + Policy Institute (PPI) in Washington, DC from Nov. 14-15! This is a premier opportunity for sector leaders and regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) to learn together and strengthen their policy and advocacy work. Attendees will be joined by senior Capitol Hill staff and advocacy experts. Click here to learn more and register!

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program Cohort!

Click here to learn more about ABFE’s Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program and this year's cohort of leaders committed to finding innovative ways to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.

Meet the 2022-33 Grantmakers United for Trans Communities Leaders Fellows!

Congratulations to the new cohort of Grantmakers United for Trans Communities Leaders Fellows! Click here to learn about these dynamic leaders.

“The GUTC Leaders Fellowship offers a possibility model for philanthropy, supporting a pipeline of talented and brilliant trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary leaders in the field,” said Funders for LGBTQ Issues President Saida Agostini-Bostic. “Trans and nonbinary leadership is critically important as trans communities continue to resist unprecedented attacks in statehouses and in the streets.”

Rest & Repair Awards for 10 Black Women Leaders in Washington State

Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF) will grant ten $100,000 Rest & Repair Awards to ten Black women who have made significant contributions to Washington communities. As investments in Black women and Black leadership, there are no restrictions on the use of Rest & Repair Awards. Click here to learn more and nominate a Black woman community or nonprofit leader in Washington State.

Launching a New Black Women's Health Initiative

The Imperative, a global fund dedicated to the wealth, health, and connectedness of Black people, has made a $25,000 grant available for the launch of an international network focused on advancing the health needs of Black women and their families from a global perspective. They are seeking partners to amplify the opportunity. Interested in learning more? Contact Co-Founder Alexandra Bastien at [email protected] to explore ways to get involved with this project. Click here to learn about this group’s first funded partnership with Uthabithi Africa.

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  • Erika Hawthorne
    published this page in Newsletters 2022-10-03 09:58:59 -0400