Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is seeking thoughtful, inclusive, and talented leaders to join our Board of Directors.
EPIP's mission is to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. EPIP strives for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive sector that innovates with intention, takes risks, and leads more boldly so that we may bring resources to communities and organizations to advance equity.
After having been a fiscally sponsored project governed by a dynamic Advisory Board for over two decades, EPIP is in its first year as an independent 501 (c)3. We are excited about advancing and deepening our mission under the leadership of President and CEO Storme Gray.
The Board of Directors will play a critical role in strengthening the foundation of this incredible organization, ensuring good governance, and galvanizing resources to ensure a sustainable future for this important work.
Serving on the Board of Directors also provides an opportunity for board members to serve our community of philanthropic practitioners and the movements they support, while further developing their own leadership, skills, and networks. We are seeking dedicated leaders who believe in our mission and our work. Specifically, we are seeking values-aligned leaders who meet some or all of the following criteria:
- Experience serving on a nonprofit Board of Directors
- Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice (required)
Skill and experience in one or more of the following areas (required)
- Non-profit governance
- Finance (non-profit or otherwise)
- Human Resources
- Alignment with EPIP’s mission, vision, and values
In addition to these experiences, we are especially eager to engage individuals who have the following:
- Willingness to mobilize personal and professional networks in support of EPIP
- Experience working in philanthropy
- Knowledge and interest in liberatory governance practices and processes
- Knowledge of the philanthropic sector, nonprofits, community organizing, and/or equity work
Because of the diversity of EPIP’s membership, we look for a range of experience in philanthropy and in the working world. Additionally, EPIP seeks to maintain a highly diverse board that is reflective of our community and is intentionally seeking a diverse candidate pool in terms of lived experience, racial, ethnic and gender identity, geography, and expertise.
- Members of the Board serve at least one two-year term, with a limit of no more than three consecutive terms
- Additionally, members of the Board are expected to participate in four board meetings per year, held on a quarterly basis, and one board retreat. Board meetings are virtual.
- Board members are expected to serve on at least one committee (meetings once a month) and participate in EPIP’s national conference
- Board members are expected to embrace a culture of joyful giving to the organization by donating time and connections to mobilize financial resources or by giving directly
- Board members are expected to become either individual or institutional members of EPIP
- All other standard expectations of a Board of Directors including holding fiduciary responsibility, protecting against conflict of interests, and upholding the best interest of the organization apply
Please note: Members of EPIP’s Board will be at CHANGE Philanthropy’s Unity Summit in Los Angeles from Oct 15-19th and can be available to answer questions in-person.