To foster a more open, inclusive, pluralist society, Essential Partners equips communities to talk about their differences with compassion, complexity, and dignity.

Every single EP project relies on the generosity of our donors. In big cities and rural heartlands—with churches, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits—donations allow communities to strengthen their civic life. Recent collaborations include:

  • Fostering healthy discourse in colleges and high schools
  • Dialogues between police and the black community in North Carolina
  • Refugee dialogues in Jordan, Turkey, and New Hampshire
  • Community conversations about race and faith in Maryland
  • Resident dialogues about renewable energy in Northern Ireland

Your donation funds custom program designs to meet local needs, lifelong support and consultation for our partners, the global EP community of practice, our field-leading evaluations program, and much more.

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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)