A Programmatic Framework for Inclusive Philanthropic Leaders

EPIP envisions a world where people of all identities can live full and prosperous lives, supported by a diverse, equitable, inclusive and effective philanthropic sector. To realize this vision, we support and advocate for professionals working at philanthropic institutions while working to shift the way these institutions value and support the leadership of their staff.

In both aspects of our work, we push ourselves and our members to not only think more critically about our role as philanthropic professionals, but also consider our role as inclusive philanthropic professionals who center equity in all facets of our work and interactions with others. 

Through our work in the sector, we have identified seven cornerstones of inclusive leadership - critical tools and skills that enhance our members’ leadership and agency for sustainable social change while building a sector that welcomes both.

The Cornerstones of Inclusive Leadership


Resource Mobilization

Organizational Leadership & Governance

Advocacy & Policy

Interpersonal Leadership

Equity Analysis

Understanding the Sector