EOF (formerly known as GIST) has the capacity to support private listservs and working groups that offer members the opportunity for information sharing and learning as well as the coordination and alignment of investments among identified areas of interest.
EOF currently supports two working groups.
Previous working groups include:
Funder Strategy Room. An invitation only working group was created in late 2016 with the goal of convening a small group of policy-focused funders to share information and strategies related to existing and new investments as well as policy and political intelligence across the various poverty and opportunity issues and sectors in response to the new political and policy environment. Activities included three in-person meetings, six teleconferences, a private listserv and state deep dive discussions focused on four key topics: ACA/Medicaid, workers’ rights, safety net, and immigrant families.
The invitation-only working group is no longer active, with key activities ending in March 2018.
Communications Collaborative. Established in 2009, the Communications Collaborative was formed to bring together funders interested in coordinating investments to build communications capacity in the field, with a focus on the essential role of government and advancing the alignment of national narratives. Activities included in-person meetings, webinars, a private listserv, and making connections among members pursuing similar objectives or working in similar regions. Two special projects emerged from this work:
- EITC Pooled Fund: A pooled fund was established to support rapid response, campaign and policy development efforts in the states to protect, expand and create new state EITCs.
- EOF Mapping Project: An online mapping tool was created to identify and illustrate the various state groups and initiatives funders are working with and to help foster connections across these efforts.
This working group is no longer active, with key activities ending in 2015 and a listserv remaining active until the end of 2018. Communications programming is now integrated into the EOF workplan and for the EOF membership more broadly. The listserv has been rebranded as a EOF “In the News” listserv to better reflect its content and purpose (see above).
Budget Working Group. The Budget Working Group was a joint affinity group effort formed in early 2016 to bring together funders from Economic Opportunity Funders, Peace and Security Funders Group, and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation’s Money in Politics Working Group who are interested in exploring the unequal dynamics of wealth, power and influence in America through the lens of the federal budget.
After hosting several events in 2016, the working group was able to meet its primary goals but had run its course as an active working group.