Our differences can make us stronger

...if we learn how to talk about them.


Headshot of Parisa Parsa, Executive DirectorSPRING 2018 UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

This is a perilous time for our communities, our nation, and our world. Many are overwhelmed by their differences, entrenched in their beliefs, and convinced that engaging with "them" is an admission of defeat.

But while our differences may define us, they don't have to divide us. Not if we're willing to have honest, open conversations in our communities about the things that matter most. 

Since January 2018, EP has started on more than 30 new projects in 11 U.S. states with more than 1,300 participants. This is on top of programs from earlier years still continuing to this day. All told, we're on track to surpass our 2017 reach. Whether we're building skills with students, helping cities and towns launch local dialogue programs, bringing police and community activists from North Carolina into their second year of sustained conversation, or leading dialogues about the role of guns in American society -- we are creating more impact than ever.

We are changing the way communities engage in civic life, drawing people closer together even as they navigate their most fundamental differences. Will you support our work?


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Sponsored Projects
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.

Planned Gifts and Simple Bequests
You can help sustain the longevity of Essential Partners' mission with a simple legacy gift. Click here to learn more, or call us at 617-923-1216 ext. 23.

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.

IRS Form 990 (2016)