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Headshot of Parisa Parsa, Executive DirectorFALL 2017 UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

While 2017 has brought deep uncertainty, fear, and division, we’ve been hard at work helping people connect with each other against the tidal forces of ideological polarization. In these times, we need relationships to navigate conflict together. We need to be curious with neighbors we don’t understand. We need the courage to be in community. We need to talk. 

Essential Partners is proud to offer our resources to people desperate for deep talk rather than cheap talk. Over the past year we’ve reached 4000+ individuals through projects, trainings, and workshops aimed at building skills for constructive, civil conversations. Through 75 projects we’ve served 44 communities in 16 US states and 4 countries around the world. Our work has ranged from co-facilitating workshops with student journalists to framing conversations about racial tensions in North Carolina to launching our new, state-level Civic Engagement Incubators initiative in Utah and Ohio, in which we train local leaders to be permanent, resident facilitators in their communities, ready for action when tensions flare.

The resources we offer are needed now more than ever. We are committed to making them more available to communities across our country and the world, but we can’t do it without your support.


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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

Gift Acceptance Policy
Read about our policies and guidelines for accepting charitable donations in support of our mission.

IRS Form 990 (2016)