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Event Benefits

$200+ Discount to EPIP National Conference
Scholarship Eligibility for EPIP National Events
Complimentary/Discounted Attendance to EPIP Chapter Events
Complimentary Attendance to EPIP Wednesday Webinars

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Host EPIP Webinars
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Receive Discounted Rates for Career Coaching
Gain Access to Volunteer Opportunities

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Get Involved in the Broader Field through our Partnerships
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Why Join Us?

We develop and deliver unique and valuable programming that builds the leadership skills and knowledge base of emerging foundation professionals. We provide formal and informal career coaching, professional development, and other boosters for your career. We connect you with other EPIP members working across the field of philanthropy and nonprofits. We dissolve the boundaries that can make it difficult to start careers in philanthropy and grow within them.


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Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of foundation professionals and other change makers who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy.

We are an inclusive group of highly skilled & effective change makers committed to working together to build a just, equitable, & sustainable society.

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Practice leadership skills that will help to motive others to make an impact in the world.

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Webinar Recap - Advocacy in Grantmaking - working together for impact

Posted on November 28, 2016

Originally aired November 9, 2016.

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Facing Race Reflections

Posted on November 25, 2016

"It was 3:43am on Wednesday, November 9 when I awoke from a dead sleep and looked at my phone to see the election results. As I tried to clear my eyes and refresh the page, a sense of sheer devastation washed over me. When I woke up again a few hours later, I looked to confirm the results. How could this possibly happen? What is going to happen in the world now? At work I felt a sense of relief to be able to share these fears and feelings of despair. Then came a small sense of reassurance. I am so privileged to be surrounded by like-minded, progressive, forward thinking, deeply concerned colleagues who are committed to serving the world through social justice and by putting our faith in collective action through our work with the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.

Immediately upon arriving to Race Forward’s Facing Race conference, the energy in the air was palpable with more than 2,000 people present. ..."

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Facing Race Reflections

Posted on November 23, 2016


Once in Atlanta, you couldn’t help but feel all the amazing energy from the people attending the conference. At the opening ceremony I was able to connect with the numerous folks from Chicago who had made the trip to attend the conference which buoyed my spirits!  It is always great to connect with Chicago folks outside of Chicago (even if we struggle to connect when in Chicago). Connecting with the EPIP delegation for dinner on Friday evening was one highlight of the conference. While many of us had never met, we were able to create a sense of community, share our insights and experiences, and really begin to develop ways we could stay connected, support each other and work together after the conference.


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Facing Race Reflection

Posted on November 22, 2016

The question that remains with me from the Facing Race 2016 conference is the one posed by Race Forward executive director Rinku Sen at the opening plenary - a question first posed by Dr Martin Luther King’s speechwriter, Vincent Harding: Is America Possible?

Even before I had heard that question, its multiple dimensions and many possible answers had put themselves front and center during a pre-conference bus tour of Atlanta - an introduction to social and racial justice organizations operating across the four corners of the city. This was on Thursday, November 10, barely two days after Donald Trump's election to presidency. In my conversations with folks - from Minnesota, northern California, New York, Kentucky, and (of course) Atlanta - who I talked to over the day, we shared a set of emotions that ranged from fear to fury to uncertainty about the prospect of life and policies in Trump's America. But the main theme I sensed throughout the day - and this would hold constant over the entire conference - was an urgency to action purposefully, alongside a diverse coalition of allies. 

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