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“EOF connects us to each other and to the broader national conversation. It helps us understand what’s happening in federal policy. It’s a source of learning, awareness-building, and opportunities to collaborate. Being part of networks like these helps us add our voice and connect to broader efforts and bring the lessons and experiences in Chicago into those conversations.”

Ianna Kachoris, The Chicago Community Trust

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“The EOF network has been invaluable to me as someone new to philanthropy. EOF is a great place to learn from other funders and get a sense of the philanthropic landscape. It’s been a source of inspiration and connection for me.”

Tamara Draut, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

 

“EOF is a tool for addressing challenges across philanthropy. It’s a force multiplier. It provides a space for collaborating and aligning with other funders. It leverages impact.”

Michael Cassidy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

MHV-RWJF headshot“We’re a health funder. At EOF, we benefit from the exposure to, and understanding of, economic issues, and ways of moving forward on an economic front. Being a member helps us push forward on our thinking and understanding and helps us to figure out how we can be additive to this work. The thought partnership makes us all better. It helps us advance our shared strategies in really positive ways.”

Monica Hobbs Vinluan, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

“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.”

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“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.”

 

Nomzana Augustin, WES Mariam Assefa Fund

 

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.”

Tracy Williams, Omidyar Network

 

“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.”

Caitlin Hamood, Stoneman Family Foundations

 

“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.”

Marcia Egbert, George Gund Foundation