People of Color Network

The 2014 EPIP People of Color Network Gathering

The 2014 EPIP People of Color Network Gathering (PCN, formerly Professional Development Fund or PDF) recently took place at Race Forward’s Facing Race National Conference held in Dallas, TX from November 13-15, 2014. The PCN offers participants access to professional development training and intergenerational learning opportunities, with the intent of diversifying and retaining people of color within the sector. The content of the PCN gathering itself is three-fold: 1) making personal connections to social justice work; 2) understanding structural racism; and 3) bringing this work back home. This year’s PCN Gathering was open to all: people of color and white allies.

Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation.

The 2014 EPIP PCN gathering registration included:

  • A half-day of EPIP-designed professional development training on Thursday, November 13 from 1-5:30 PM to equip emerging people of color within the philanthropic sector by building skills and developing personal connections that challenge existing systems of inequity.
  • 3-day all access to Facing Race, a national biennial conference presented by Race Forward, featuring sessions that build multiracial and intergenerational power and convene leaders working to bridge the racial equity gap. Facing Race 2014 will be held in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 13-15, 2014


A collection of blog posts, recaps and other resources from previous PCN gatherings can be found here.


EPIP is actively seeking sponsorship from funders and corporations.

Our PCN sponsors are a key component to the overall success of this vital convening on racial equity. Join us and be identified among a core group of organizations that have made a considerable commitment to advancing racial and social equity. If your organization is interested in supporting the PCN Gathering, please contact More information on sponsorship tiers can be found for download here.

We gratefully acknowledge the Marguerite Casey Foundation for their support of the 2014 People of Color Network Gathering.

The Next Generation Speaks:


What Emerging Leaders of Color in Philanthropy Think about Race

This monograph provides a current snapshot of the experiences and perspectives of emerging philanthropic professionals of color on issues of racial equity. Through seven years of People of Color Network programming, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy has heard from more than 125 emerging professionals of color in the field about the experience of being a person of color in philanthropy.

Download the publication.


The PCN was established in 2005 to widen the leadership pipeline and create opportunities for skills development and personal growth of young people of color in foundations and other philanthropic institutions. Since its inception, EPIP’s PCN has engaged 100+ young leaders from a diverse range of institutions, geographic locations, backgrounds and roles within the philanthropic field.

PCN is specifically intended to support young people of color in the field, such as Asian American, African American, Native American, Latin American, or multiracial individuals. This reflects EPIP’s emphasis on ensuring racial diversity within our next-generation work. EPIP members from outside the U.S. are also eligible to apply, although they should be considered people of color or minorities in their home countries.