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*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

Sankofa Summer Begins This Week!

Posted on July 07, 2020

EPIP's virtual learning series, Sankofa Summer, kicks off this week with events that help you heal, learn from the leadership of women of color, and virtually connect with the philanthropic community.

Join us for:

  • An interactive workshop on Healing Justice that shares tools for wellness and resilience, breaks down core concepts of healing justice, and focuses on sustaining movement-building for the long term.
  • Our opening plenary, Sankofa!! Paving the Way for Women of Color Leaders in Philanthropy, which brings together several of the women who have helped lead EPIP to where it is today, including former EPIP board members and current EPIP ED Storme Gray. Listen in as they talk about the impact and influence of EPIP on the sector and the challenges and opportunities for women of color leaders in philanthropy.
  • Our opening Happy Hour - a chance to connect with other Sankofa Summer attendees from across the philanthropic sector.

And that's just the beginning...over the next 6 weeks we'll have sessions on everything from Creating a Culture of Healing and Emotional Self Care to Disrupt White Supremacy to Can't Change What You Can't See: Demographic Data Learning Lab.

Click here to register and join us!

And In Case You Were Wondering...

We've gotten a few questions about Sankofa Summer since announcing the virtual learning series, and we wanted to answer them here in case they were also on your mind:

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What We Read: June 2020

Posted on June 30, 2020

What role does philanthropy have to play in our current moment? As many call for action now...

...others caution that philanthropy must commit to change for the long-term...

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Four Things We Learned From Emerging Post-Pandemic: Being a Future-Focused Leader Now

Posted on June 23, 2020

Recently, philanthropic futurist (and EPIP Minnesota chapter founder/former EPIP Board Chair) Trista Harris joined EPIP to talk about the ways that futurism can help the philanthropic sector imagine (and help create) the post-pandemic world.  The full talk is here but four pieces of wisdom that stuck with us were:

1) Stop loving the problem. Avoid making whatever problem or social issue that you’re trying to solve the sole focus of your work. Your discussions (both internally and with grantees) should be about what is being built in addition to what is being overcome.

2) Look for the future in the present. Make time to look at trends, best practices, and places where the changes you want to implement are already happening. You can always learn from the work of others.

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Coming Soon: EPIP Events in June

Posted on June 15, 2020

The struggle continues. And so does the work of philanthropy. Join EPIP and our chapters across the country for discussions of how to look towards the future, be inclusive in our online workspaces, heal ourselves, and understand our sector better, along with times to come together to share and connect with each other. 

Coming up in June (all times local as noted):

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