"Fledgling ventures need support in many ways to take flight, and it is EANT’s joy to serve as fiscal sponsor for the Enneagram Prison Project! Everything that EPP is about aligns so well with EANT’s purpose as an association – to take the Narrative Enneagram into the world to facilitate human consciousness, learning and development. How thrilling to have a role in sponsoring this very worthy endeavor, and to witness and be part of community-building at this grass-roots level!
— Monirah Womack
"I think it's great that EANT has been able to act as fiscal sponsor for Susan Olesek's Enneagram Prison Project. As fiscal sponsor, EANT acts as a bridge to allow deductible charitable contributions made to EANT to be used solely for the Enneagram Prison Project until such time it becomes tax exempt itself. It is an innovative way of supporting our members in teaching the Enneagram.
— Tom Baldwin
Vice President, Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition
In April of 2012, EPP began the process of applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS, which will allow donors to make tax-deductible donations to EPP. While we awaited official government approval, The Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT) stepped forward and offered its own standing as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to act as a "Fiscal Sponsor" to EPP. During that temporary role, EANT received donations on EPP's behalf and distributed funds to EPP to be used to further its mission.Founded by Helen Palmer and David Daniels, MD, EANT is an international association for people who have studied the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition, whose mission is to take the Enneagram to the world with strong ethical standards, using the "Narrative Tradition" as the primary method for teaching the Enneagram.
The Narrative Tradition emphasizes the importance of allowing people to speak for themselves. This is especially true for the incarcerated, who deserve – like all of us – to be understood and known as more than just a type, more than whatever they have done.
In what feels like standing directly in the Universal flow of giving and receiving, EPP and EANT have enjoyed a mutually supportive partnership. It was an honor to have been supported by EANT in such a substantial and magnanimous way as we took the necessary steps towards standing with fiscal independence and autonomy.
Working together, we can make a much needed difference.