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Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy. Our mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. EPIP exists to ensure that emerging foundation professionals are effective stewards of philanthropic resources and all social entrepreneurs reach their potential as leaders.

We’re often asked what we mean by “emerging.” Traditionally, our members have been younger than 40 years old, so most people associate us with that age cohort. But for us, emerging is a broader idea than that. We have grown our organization into one of the most diverse in the field. We reflect America’s changing ethnic and social demographics and attract members from diverse professional backgrounds. Over a decade of experience has shown us that you don’t have to be young to be new to the field of philanthropy. We also recognize that everyone should be supported as they practice philanthropy in their own lives.

EPIP supports emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs in their professional and personal philanthropy. Our organization promotes emerging thought nurtured in places outside traditional, old-guard philanthropy. We promote diverse, multigenerational perspectives and value innovation for meeting societal challenges. We recognize institutional and community-based forms of philanthropy.


EPIP’s mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society.


EPIP envisions a day when all generations of practitioners in philanthropy collaborate effectively to build better foundations for a better world.

Our Logic Model

EPIP employs a straightforward logic model grounded in our principles:

  • Better Leadership Development ensures more effective social entrepreneurs.
  • Better Social Entrepreneurs result in more effective philanthropy and greater impact.
  • Better Philanthropy results in better and more predictable social change outcomes.
  • Better Social Sector leads to a more just, equitable and sustainable society.


Guiding Principles

  • Generational Change & Multigenerationalism: We believe that foundations should integrate the experience of senior leaders with the innovation of emerging leaders.
  • Professionalism & Effectiveness: We believe that practitioners in philanthropy should be educated and trained to act according to the highest ethical and professional standards.
  • Social Impact to Build a Better World: We believe that philanthropy should endeavor to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.

Download EPIP’s mission, vision and guiding principles.

Areas of work




Strategic Plan 2010-2013

10 Year Impact Assessment 2001-2011

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