Learn more about our work to connect economic policy and grassroots organizing funders to help build ecosystems of change.
Welcome to Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF)
(formerly known as GIST)
ICYMI: View the recording, recap and related resources for the first two programs of the EOF Fall Funder Learning Series: Tax Credits: The Anti-poverty Tool of the 21st Century and Building a More Robust and Equitable Unemployment Insurance System for a 21st Century Economy.
Established in 1992, Economic Opportunity Funders (formerly known as GIST), is a network of national, regional and local level funders working to advance economic equity and opportunity in the United States. We believe in building an economy that works for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, education, income, religion, gender identity, disability or age. We support a strong public sector and policies that create a healthy, fair and just economy where opportunity and prosperity are broadly shared.
EOF focuses its work in three key and intersecting areas: poverty and opportunity, protecting and supporting workers, and tax and budget policies. We provide a platform for funders to share information, exchange ideas and best practice, and collaborate around identified areas of interest.
“EOF helps us stay abreast of economic issues, so it’s the value of all the information shared—from state, local and federal policies, to finding out what peers working at different levels are doing, to the national trends and ideas we can adapt for our region. It’s all integral to the daily lives of communities of color and to the vision and mission of the foundation.”
“Being part of a broad network like EOF allows our team to learn as funders and collaborate with other partners. It gives us opportunities to be thought partners in advancing this important work to create an economy that works for all.”
“I am grateful to have the EOF community. It’s where I get a sense of what other funders are doing and who operates in my world.”
“EOF helps me network and get a clearer sense of what’s happening nationally. It provides access to information about how other funders are responding to this moment in history and what our national landscape looks like.”
“Through EOF, I get to keep up-to-date and to see how funders are responding. It really is very valuable.”
“EOF has been an incredibly valuable network to be a part of. EOF is responsive to what’s happening in the moment—it’s topical and relevant and provides a rich forum for meeting and working with colleagues in the field.”
“EOF is a roll up your sleeves and make something happen space. It’s the funder place where I get to wonk out on tax code and safety net issues. It gives me the platform and head space to bridge policy and movement building.”
“EOF is a genuinely safe space. A space for candid conversations among peers and for honing skills. Through it, we have access to the most current research and analysis and the opportunity for dialogue, learning and camaraderie.”