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EPIP’s new monograph: What Emerging Leaders of Color in Philanthropy Think about Race

July 12, 2013
A new monograph released by Emerging Professionals in Philanthropy (EPIP),  The Next Generation Speaks: What Emerging Leaders of Color in Philanthropy Think about Race provides a current snapshot of the experiences and perspectives of emerging philanthropic professionals of color on issues of racial equity.

the_next_generation_speaks_epip-2013-1Through seven years of People of Color Network programming, EPIP has compiled thoughts shared by more than 125 emerging professionals of color in the field regarding challenges and opportunities to move racial equity in philanthropy.  Responses addressed identifying values, learning from the past, intergenerational mentoring, creating shared spaces for exploration and education, peer support across and beyond race, bringing a racial equity lens to grantmaking and the need for institutional and sector-wide awareness and commitment.

Key highlights include:
• The complexity of managing the power and privilege associated with working in philanthropy as an emerging leader of color
• A deep desire for mentoring by seasoned leaders of color
• A critical need for peer-to-peer engagement across race for emerging leaders of color
• Acknowledgement of the differences between addressing race with White colleagues and people of color colleagues in the philanthropic sector
• Desire for institutional conversations and commitments to addressing racial equity
• Recommendations and resources for advancing racial equity in philanthropy

As one young professional stated:

“The only time we talk about racial equity is [in the context of] how the organizations we support address those  issues—how grantees are trying to reduce racial disparities. But we don’t talk about racial equity as part of our institution.”

And another shared:

 “[Seasoned leaders of color]  were fighting for rights and access. It called for a different  kind of focus, a narrow and targeted journey that lasted for  years. [Our generation] benefitted from that. But now, we are  fighting for rights for more people [on multiple fronts] — which makes it different.”

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy  is a national network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy. EPIP exists to ensure that emerging foundation professionals are effective stewards of philanthropic resources and all social entrepreneurs reach their potential as leaders.

EPIP’s People of Color Network (PCN), formerly known as the Professional Development Fund (PDF), focuses specifically on supporting emerging leaders of color interested in philanthropy. The  PCN supports current and future grantmakers of color by building their visibility, networks, and knowledge by providing them access to professional development opportunities and placing them within a network of peers.  Learn more here.

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