EPIP DC | 2019 Mentorship Program

EPIP DC is proud to continue our Mentorship Program to help cultivate strategic, supportive relationships for professional and leadership development in our local network and philanthropic community.

Inspired by EPIP National’s strategic framework and similar programs hosted by EPIP Boston, EPIP Bay Area, and EPIP LA, the DC chapter sees this as an opportunity to support our members in their internal and external advocacy and our shared commitment to equity and social justice in philanthropy.

The 2019 cohort includes 10 emerging and mid-level leaders and 10 seasoned professionals who are paired for one-on-one Mentoring Partnerships. The program spans 6 months from June 2019 to December 2019 with a commitment of 2-3 hours per month, including monthly one-on-one meetings for Mentoring Partners, group social activities, and networking events.


Through this experience, Mentees will:

  • Connect with an established leader in our community to build strengths, address weaknesses, and learn from their experiences in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector;
  • Receive tailored support for personal growth, navigation of organizational dynamics, and career advancement;
  • Get insights into relevant trends, opportunities, and challenges in your specific areas of interest;
  • Expand your network and build a community of like-minded peers; and
  • Learn more about EPIP DC and how to get more involved.

Mentors will:

  • Invest in the next generation of sector leaders, helping them set goals and develop skills to be successful in their career;
  • Share wisdom and experiences with someone who is new to the field and eager to learn and grow;
  • Reinvigorate the intellectual and emotional connection to your work;
  • Actively engage with emerging philanthropic and nonprofit leaders in our region; and
  • Connect with other senior leaders at program events.

We invite staff from grantmaking institutions, sector infrastructure groups, community-based nonprofits, social enterprises and philanthropic consulting firms based in DC, Southern MD, and Northern VA to participate. We particularly encourage leaders at the intersections of marginalized identities, including but not limited to people of color, Native Americans, LGBTQ individuals, women, and immigrants and refugees, to apply. Applicants do not need to be current members of EPIP to apply, though preference may be given to existing members.

Interested in applying as either a Mentor or Mentee? Fill out the form! (Note: This is an updated link as some applicants had issues submitting the form at the previous link.) Applications are due by 11:59pm Eastern on Friday, May 31st, 2019.

EPIP DC will notify applicants of next steps by Tuesday, June 10th. In the meantime, applicants should hold the evening of Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 for a kick-off event where we will match Mentors and Mentees.

If you have questions about the program or application, please email [email protected] for assistance.

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