headshot of Eesha Bhave“As someone who is newer in philanthropy, the EOF network and meetings have been a valuable space to broaden my understanding of economic equity – from a deeper dive into tax policy and the implications for economic equity to learning about other funders and their approaches to grantmaking related to economic equity. I always leave learning sessions and in-person meetings feeling more excited about the work and with a greater sense of community and understanding amongst my fellow funders.”

 

Eesha Bhave, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Mardell Moffett headshot“Because our work focuses on DC and the Metro area, I don’t always know what’s happening outside of the region. Listening to the experts at EOF is so helpful. We get clearer about what’s coming down the pike, what we need to think about, and how things implemented in other areas might work here. It helps to improve our processes.”

 

Mardell Moffett, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Marcela Montes headshot“Whenever I participate, I always come away with new insights on how to approach my work. Everything EOF does is well thought out and intentional about helping philanthropic professionals think about issues in new, different, and practical ways, through the lens of experience and other experts. It always feels productive.”

 

Marcela Montes, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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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

 

“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 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