“Being a place-based funder, EOF brings a national perspective to my work. It broadens my aperture of what’s trending—those macro issues that impact Philadelphia. It helps me be more thoughtful and connects me with smart organizations funding transformative work.”
“We’re trying to build something new. There’s been no economic model in our history that worked for everyone—no multi-racial, inclusive economy. There are no playbooks or best practices for what we’re taking on. We’re in it for the long-haul.”
“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.
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.