In August 2019, Arkansas and Virginia received one year of renewal funding to continue efforts to build support for a…
Welcome to Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF), formerly known as GIST.
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.
As a program director relatively new to philanthropy, being involved in EOF briefings, webinars, and virtual working groups has been invaluable to my learning process about policy issues and philanthropic approaches being implemented in other communities across the country.
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.
Many organizations provide information about federal, state, and local policies and programs. Economic Opportunity Funders provides a unique forum for philanthropy to better understand its critical role in informing these policies, stimulating innovation, and undertaking research and evaluation to support the populations and issues we care about.
Impressive – both the range of activities and the clarity of the reporting. Might be a good benchmark for ‘best practices’ in affinity groups. I especially applaud their efforts to work collaboratively with other philanthropy networks and organizations.