Our differences can make us stronger
...if we learn how to talk about them.
Essential Partners invests in the capacity of communities to talk about their differences with compassion, complexity, and dignity.
Last year alone, we impacted the lives of more than 3 million people in 25 US states, in 8 countries and on 6 continents.
Because of the support of our donors, we have trained thousands of people to lead better conversations about disagreements critical but divisive issues. These local leaders are now transforming the way their communities navigate polarizing differences of values, views, and identities.
Every single EP project relies on supporters like you. In big cities and rural heartlands—with churches, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits—your support helps communities strengthen civic life. Some of those collaborations include:
- Police-community dialogues in North Carolina
- Refugee dialogues in Jordan
- Conversations about race and faith in Maryland
- Resident engagement about renewable energy in Northern Ireland
- Fostering healthy discourse on college campuses
What do your dollars fund? Customized design to meet local needs, trainings led by EP's experts, ongoing consultation and support for our partners, the global EP community of practice, our top-of-the-field evaluations program, and much more.
Can you support Essential Partners with a gift today?
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Sponsored projects enable individual donors and charitable institutions to make a lasting impact in a specific community navigating a particularly divisive issue. Many of these projects are pilot programs with potential to lead to broad-scale replication.
The Laura R. Chasin Memorial Fund
The LRC Memorial Fund is a way for friends, colleagues, and loved ones of our visionary founder, Laura R. Chasin, to honor her life's work and enduring legacy. To date, the LRC Memorial Fund donors have raised over $170,000 in general support for Essential Partners.
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)
Essential Partners is an IRS-registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, able and proud to accept charitable gifts from donor advised funds (DAFs). To schedule a gift from a DAF, click here.
Corporate / Employer Matching Gifts
Essential Partners gladly accepts donations from corporations and employers who offer to match their employees' private, charitable contributions. Matching gifts are an excellent way to multiply the impact of any private donation at no further cost to the donor! Click here to learn more.
Gift Acceptance Policy
Read about our policies and guidelines for accepting charitable donations in support of our mission.