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Join a community of changemakers working to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

*Connect with practitioners like you locally and around the country*

*Gain skills to help you advance in your career*

*Advance change you believe in, at work and beyond* 



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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

Leadership Development Benefits

Host EPIP Webinars
Post Blogs to EPIP Website
Facilitate Conference Workshops
Receive Discounted Rates for Career Coaching
Gain Access to Volunteer Opportunities

Collaborative Benefits

Access a National Network of Change Makers
Get Involved in the Broader Field through our Partnerships
Exclusive Access to EPIP Online Community “MEMBER CONNECT”


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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.



For over fifteen years, EPIP has been a place for emerging leaders to learn, grow and advance. 

Today, the needs of our members and the times we live in call upon us to elevate our vision. 

Our new strategic framework does just that.

Through this new framework, we will:

Professional and Leadership Development

Develop Whole Leaders

We will deepen our work to develop our members not just as skilled professionals, but also as whole people and complete change agents.

Advocacy and Influence

Advocate and Innovate

We will promote innovation and effective practices -- and when necessary speak hard truths -- to support the success of our members and other diverse changemakers

Collective Leadershipf

Lead for Equity

We will work as part of a broader movement to advance equity in and through philanthropy

The EPIP Blog

Featured Posts

Committing to Change

Posted on February 26, 2021

A Message from Anthony Simmons - EPIP Advisory Board Chair:

As this year’s Black History Month comes to its conclusion, I am taking the theme of EPIP’s 20th Anniversary, Re/Imagine, as an invitation to reimagine Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland’s intent to promote the achievements by America’s descendants of the African Diaspora. Beyond the opportunity to recognize those great iconic legends – like Garrett Morgan, Dr. Charles Drew, Fannie Lou Hamer, the Honorable Shirley Chisholm, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – and appreciate their contributions to American society, I now wonder: what does Black history mean to me personally? What is my own Black history?

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Call for Sessions: EPIP 2021 National Conference

Posted on February 18, 2021

This summer, the EPIP community will come together for the signature event of our 20th Anniversary

The EPIP 2021 National Virtual Conference
June 7th - 11th, 2021

We are currently looking for session proposals for the conference. See below to learn more about our conference themetracks, and session formats, or click here for a PDF of the application.

To apply, fill out our Call for Sessions form here by Friday, March 12th, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST. 

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February 2021: Mid-Month Event Round-Up

Posted on February 17, 2021

This month, join EPIP chapters to talk about building a better sector, whether it's by examining power dynamics between grantmakers and non-profits, learning from the journey of leaders and changemakers in the sector, focusing on the importance of racial justice within philanthropic leadership, or thinking through the ways that philanthropy can help make the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out an equitable one.

EPIP is also thrilled to be partnering with ABFE on an in-depth workshop on Centering Racial Equity in Grantmaking. We hope you'll join us on Thursday, February 25th to learn more about the tools that can be used to support racial equity grantmaking.

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Leadership Re/Imagined

Posted on January 29, 2021

What is leadership? A year ago, when I accepted the role as EPIP’s Executive Director, I sat with this question for quite some time, reflecting on the models of leadership that I had seen held up as exemplary.

Leaders are fearless. 

Leaders are confident. 

Leaders are focused, stoic, unflappable, and always poised.

Those models didn’t resonate with me, though. And as the year went on, and the events of 2020 came crashing down upon us like unrelenting waves upon the shore, I realized why. Any model of leadership which removes the fullness of human emotions for the sake of performing perfection was more isolating than it was liberating. I wanted more than that for myself, more than that for EPIP, and more than that for the work ahead of us. 

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