Ford Foundation to Maintain Major Support for the EPIP Network.
We received confirmation today from the Ford Foundation that a grant has been approved to the New World Foundation for $150,000 over two years to support the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. New World is our fiscal sponsor and provides pro-bono office space. Thanks to the staff in the Community Philanthropy and Civic Culture program at Ford for their continuing support of this growing network.
New at EPIP.org - Chapter Pages.
Check out the new pages now live at http://epip.org/networking.htm. Each EPIP chapter now has a page of its own, providing some basic info and listing its leadership. The chapter pages will allow each local network to present information about its goals and programs! This has been too long in coming.
Networking Highlight of the Day - Alabama Giving.
I talked for the first time with Beth Dennis of Alabama Giving (www.alabamagiving.org), told her about the EPIP network, and how we are trying to increase our presence and services in the Southeastern part of the country. She was excited about finding ways to get involved. Alabama Giving is a four-year program to increase, promote and encourage philanthropy statewide. It is one of many local and regional coalitions intent on increasing and improving philanthropy in their communities, all funded by a special initiative called New Ventures in Philanthropy, which is in turn a program of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. To see a list of all the New Ventures groups, check out http://givingforum.org/about/ventures_community_grantees.html.
Shwewww. There are so many things going on at the local, national and international levels in this field that it is hard to keep up. Plus we had a snow storm in New York City today, which makes it hard to concentrate and stay warm...
Have a great weekend everybody!