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.
Current working group:
Previous working groups:
Discussion Group on Equity, Tax Policy, and Community Engagement. In 2017 and 2018, Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF) and the EITC Funders Network engaged their members in conversations about the role of tax policy in advancing racial and gender equity. As part of these discussions, we found that too often the foundations working on equity and the foundations working on tax policy were not in the same rooms sharing analyses and strategies. In 2019 we launched a discussion group to provide a platform for funders to share strategies, questions and learnings. A google drive and listserv were created to support the working group as well as spreadsheet of related field examples and resources. Three video calls were held. Video call recordings and resources can be found in the members area of our website.
This working group is not currently active, however, EOF will continue to explore connections between tax policy and equity in its COVID-19 Emergency Response and Planning programming and resource page.
Transformation of Work, Workers and Social Supports Working Group. Continuing to build out our exploration of the interconnecting spheres of the transformation of work, workers and social supports, EOF launched a working group in 2019 to raise awareness of the substantive areas and funder strategies connected to policy, narrative, and power. A google drive and listserv were created to support the working group as well as spreadsheet of related field examples and resources. Three video calls have been held and EOF dedicated its Fall meeting on bringing an equity lens to this topic. Video call recordings and resources can be found in the members area of our website.
This working group is not currently active, however, EOF will continue to explore the transformation of work, workers and social supports in its COVID-19 Emergency Response and Planning programming and resource page.
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.