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 and complexity.

This year alone, we impacted the lives of more than 3 million people in 25 US states, in 8 countries and on 6 continents.

Over 82 projects in 2017-18, EP redoubled its focus on training stakeholders at the local and state level to organize and facilitate dialogues. Because of your support, we’ve trained thousands of people to lead better conversations across their nastiest disagreements. These locally embedded leaders amplify our impact, transforming the way their communities navigate divisive issues.

Supporters like you have made this work possible. In big cities and rural heartlands—with churches, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits—your support helps communities strengthen civic life no matter their resources.

You can help even more communities build long-term capacity for connection, engagement, and self-determination.

Please support Essential Partners with a gift today.



Learn more about giving

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)