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Emergence and Evolution: Pivoting Internal Culture Amid Crisis

Organization Members Only

In a year of massive change and rupture, our organizations’ internal cultures and practices quickly pivoted to adapt. From creating fully virtual workplaces to holding space for processing the most recent acts of anti-Black racism, to accommodating the needs of working families, the internal workings of philanthropy look about as different as its grantmaking. That said, making these massive pivots in and of themselves do not guarantee more inclusive and equitable practices. Drawing on the 2018 Dissonance and Disconnects Report published by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and our members’ experiences during 2020, this session will look at how philanthropy can mobilize this moment of rupture to implement organizational practices that disrupt white dominant cultural norms.

This session will explore the following questions: What adaptations worked well that we must keep? What have we learned from disability justice communities that inform our adaptations? What assumptions did we have about the culture of work that have been disproved this year? What would a workplace culture that truly supported its early- and mid-career professionals look and feel like? Join EPIP for a roundtable of chapter leaders and EPIP staff for a candid conversation about how we can create more equitable communities, starting in our own organizations.


Elyse Gordon
Director of Programs

Rose Green
Program Officer
The Colorado Health Foundation

Storme Gray
Executive Director
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Jonny Moy
Grants Manager
Pacific Foundation Services LLC