Why join us?

We’re the only organization that does what we do. We exist to serve and empower emerging leaders: the people who are building their roles in philanthropy today, and will one day be running philanthropic institutions and nonprofits.

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 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.

Who are we?

EPIP members are a diverse group of people working all around the country, an image of the future of philanthropy. We’re currently comprised of 14 national chapters (and growing!).

Bringing our insights from many different backgrounds, we are committed to making philanthropies and nonprofits more just, equitable, and sustainable.

Our members work at some of the most prominent and forward-thinking institutions in the country. 

EPIP Member Benefits

Join our inclusive group of highly skilled & effective changemakers committed to working together to build a just, equitable, and sustainable society.

Professional & Leadership Development

Learn from professional development designed for emerging, inclusive philanthropic professionals looking to center equity throughout their work and interactions.

Benefits include, but are not limited to:

**coming later this year, with a preview at the 2021 conference

Community Building

Build community with a national network of emerging philanthropic professionals across the sector through our EPIP chapters and communities of practice.

Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • The People of Color Network (PCN), a community of practice for practitioners who identify as members of color
  • Two new communities of practice launching in 2021 - one for white allies looking to do deeper racial equity work and one for emerging women of color
  • Virtual chapter events across the country

Advocacy & Innovation: A Voice In The Sector

In 2018, EPIP surveyed our members and other early and mid-career practitioners in the sector for their perspectives on working in the field, releasing the findings in our Dissonance & Disconnects report. We also partnered with Funders for LGBTQ Issues and CHANGE Philanthropy on The 2018 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report: A Tale of Two Sectors, which measured diversity within the philanthropic sector. Going forward, we will continue to raise awareness and advocate for the issues that matter to our membership.

Have something in the philanthropic sector that you'd like to speak out about? Email us at [email protected] if you have an idea for a blog topic and we'd be happy to work with you to share it with the EPIP community!

Institutional Membership

Institutional members get all member benefits listed above - for the organization's full staff - and more. Download an overview of Institutional Member Benefits here.


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