Dear Family, as we approach the culmination of yet another remarkable year, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude and excitement. It is a time for reflection, acknowledgment, and forward thinking, and I am pleased to connect with you through this edition.
Primarily, I extend my deepest appreciation to all the members of the East Africa Philanthropy Network. Your unwavering support and dedication have been the driving force behind our numerous accomplishments this year. Your contributions have not only enriched our network but have also significantly influenced the communities we serve. We are immensely thankful for your partnership and look forward to scaling new heights together in 2024.
Our partners deserve special recognition for their indispensable support. Your belief in our mission and your commitment to our cause have been pivotal in amplifying our impact. The pillars of strength that you represent have enabled us to execute our work more effectively and extend our reach further. On behalf of everyone at EAPN, please accept our heartfelt gratitude.
To our dedicated staff members, you are the backbone of this organization. Your exemplary work ethic, passion, and commitment have been nothing short of inspiring. I commend you for maintaining an incredible pace throughout the year and for continuously striving for excellence.
As we draw near to the year’s end, it is crucial for us to gather, reflect on our achievements, and strategize for the impending challenges and opportunities. I am delighted to report that our Members Summit, held from 26th to 29th November at the Tamarind Tree Hotel in Nairobi, provided an ideal setting for such strategic discussions. This summit was a melting pot of ideas and insights, featuring a CEO’s Forum, donor-grantee dialogues, and our Annual General Meeting. Here, we dug deep into intricate discussions on ecosystem realignment, systems change, and recalibrating power structures within the philanthropic sector. The certified masterclass offered during the summit was particularly noteworthy. It was designed to empower our members with cutting-edge knowledge and skills, ensuring they are well equipped to navigate the complexities of modern-day philanthropy. Exciting news awaits as we approach the year’s end—our new Board of Directors will be unveiled soon, promising fresh perspectives for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Looking ahead, we are enthusiastic about participating in the Global Summit on #shiftthepower in Bogota. This event symbolizes our relentless commitment to driving change and making a tangible impact in the communities we serve.
As we continue to expand our horizons, I invite you to join us in these critical conversations and collaborations. Whether you are a longstanding member or interested in joining our network, we welcome your engagement and look forward to making a collective impact.
Lastly, for those keen to stay updated with our latest initiatives and insights, I encourage you to subscribe to our page on LinkedIn and follow us on all our social media platforms. Together, let us embark on this journey towards a more impactful and transformative future.
Evans Okinyi, CEO – East Africa Philanthropy Network.