Los Angeles Chapter

EPIP Los Angeles is a network of early- to mid-career professionals committed to a more equitable and inclusive philanthropic sector.  We provide peer support, mentoring, leadership and advocacy training, and networking opportunities for philanthropic professionals in the Los Angeles area. We partner with regional grantmaking associations, affinity groups and others to complement and contribute to networks that exist throughout the community.  We are committed to these core principles:

  • Nurture and activate a pipeline of leaders who are committed to a just, equitable and inclusive philanthropic sector.
  • Strive to reflect Los Angeles’ changing ethnic and social demographic by actively engaging a broad base of early to mid-career philanthropic professionals through our programming, events and membership.
  • Uphold a high regard of building authentic relationships to achieve a more inclusive, engaged, and activated philanthropic sector.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development with the goal of informing a practice and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusive lens in the philanthropic sector.

EPIP LA Programs and Event Series

Lunch with a Leader Series: These are intimate, candid conversations with leaders in the field over lunch to discuss topics such as career pathways, navigating the dynamics of philanthropy, and equity and inclusion in the sector.

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Mentorship Program: This connects emerging leaders in the philanthropic field with a seasoned leader to serve as a mentor and a cohort of like-minded peers to support them on their journey.  Learn More.

CHANGE Philanthropy Programs: This works to strengthen relationships and collaborations across Affinity Groups in Los Angeles including Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy as well as Southern California Grantmakers, and other nonprofit and university affinity groups to develop effective relationships and partnership opportunities.

Skill Building Series: These events range from facilitated workshops to peer learning to activities cross-listed with partner organizations, designed to help participants build capacity, improve their skills, and develop relationships within the context of promoting a more equitable and inclusive philanthropic sector.

EPIPhany Hour Series: With the goals of networking and shared learning, EPIPhany Hour events include casual lunches, happy hours, lunch conversations on specific issue areas, and behind the scenes tours at some of LA’s most unique spaces.

Salon Series: These events allow for information sharing, conversations, and friendly debates on a particular theme that is relevant to our work and community. They typically take place over the dinner hour in a private home, creating an intimate environment for provocative discussions.


Past EPIP LA Events 2019


Past EPIP LA Events 2018



EPIP Los Angeles Chapter News

EPIP LA 2019 Mentorship Program

Posted on October 19, 2018

EPIP LA is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its sixth 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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EPIP LA is Recruiting!

Posted on September 28, 2018

The EPIP LA Chapter is now recruiting Steering Committee members. Please read more here about responsibilities, opportunities and details on how to apply.

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EPIP LA’s 2018 Mentorship Program Participants and Reflection on 2017

Posted on June 04, 2018

Now in its fifth year of programming, EPIP LA’s Mentorship Program has continued to connect early to mid-career philanthropic professionals with executives in the field to serve as a mentor and with peers to support them on their journey. This unique program provides a structured cohort opportunity for mentees to work with a seasoned professional to deepen their learning of philanthropy, build efficacy in their current positions and thought-partner in building long-term career plans, which remains in great need within the philanthropic sector. This year’s applications were very competitive, resulting in the selection of the following three cohorts...

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The EPIP LA Mentorship Program

Posted on November 07, 2017

EPIP LA is thrilled to announce that it is accepting applications for its fifth 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.

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EPIP LA is Recruiting!

Posted on October 31, 2017

The EPIP LA Chapter is now recruiting Steering Committee members. Please read more here about responsibilities, opportunities and details on how to apply.

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EPIP LA | Investing in Yourself

Posted on January 30, 2017

"We often think of investing in terms of dollars and cents and though financial investments are important, investing in ourselves goes beyond monetary measures. As we progress through the various stages of our careers, there are always opportunities for improvement, but these can only be realized if we commit to seeing them through." Read more and to download the framework and tools by EPIP LA >>>

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EPIP LA | Mentor Program Reflections

Posted on December 19, 2016

While Talitha James didn’t have any set expectations when she applied for the EPIP Mentoring program in Los Angeles, she had already heard enthusiastic recommendations about it.

“…[I] knew that whoever I was matched with could add value to my professional career path,” Talitha shared. 

And for our cohort of 2016, the feeling was mutual. 

None of us were entirely sure what to expect. We all hoped we might spark a connection, build a relationship, and glean a nugget or two professional insight. [...]

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