Emerging Leaders on Philanthropy, Equity, and Their Futures


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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

Community Perspectives

Featured Posts

What We've Been Reading: November 2019

Posted on November 30, 2019

This month, our focus has been on the resources in our Giving Tuesday toolkit, including:

How we give and who we give to are vital as we work to build a more just world. As Vanessa Daniel noted in her recent New York Times opinion piece, Philanthropists Bench Women of Color, M.V.P.s of Social Changeonly 0.6 percent of foundation funding was targeted to women of color in 2016, despite the strides they have made in creating change.

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What We've Been Reading: October 2019

Posted on October 31, 2019

This month, we reflected on Indigenous People's Day by...

...and celebrated ways that philanthropy can make a difference for other marginalized people and communities.

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EPIP LA 2020 Mentorship Program

Posted on October 24, 2019

Thank you for your interest in the EPIP LA 2020 Mentorship Program! Applications will open on November 5th and are due November 20th. We hope you'll apply then.

EPIP LA is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its seventh year of the Mentorship Program. Through its Mentorship Program, EPIP LA aims to provide participants with the tools needed to develop and maintain meaningful connections with experienced leaders and their peers.

The EPIP LA Mentorship program connects emerging leaders in the philanthropic field with a seasoned leader to serve as a mentor and like-minded peers to support them on their journey.

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Members on Philanthropy: We Need A New Definition of White Ally

Posted on October 24, 2019

I have always been an advocate for justice. As a nearly lifelong community organizer, I have spent years navigating through grassroots organizing spaces, institutions of higher education, traditional nonprofits, foundations, and multi-stakeholder collaborations. From a young age I was fortunate to be politicized by former Black Panthers, SNCC organizers, community activists, and young peers with whom I still share a deep connection.

Still, I can remember sitting in a church in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans in 2008, surrounded by dozens of community residents, organizers, advocates, and movement builders, and experiencing, for the first time, my privilege being challenged as a white-passing straight man. At that moment, I realized that even though both of my mother’s parents emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. as teenage orphans and my grandfather is from Acámbaro, Guanajuato and of indigenous descent, I have received the benefit of whiteness my entire life and through every stage of my career. From that point forward, my life became dedicated to dismantling systems of inequity.

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