Michigan Chapter

EPIP Michigan, a chapter of EPIP National, is a statewide network of emerging leaders and professionals working in philanthropy and supporting social change. Our goal is to develop and support emerging practitioners by curating knowledge and content rooted in equitable philanthropy; provide opportunities for professional and leadership development; and create space for networking and relationship building. We strive to create safe spaces to learn and grow together.



Learning opportunities such as programming on professional development and social justice philanthropy.
Networking through regional Gatherings for Good lunches, Twitter chats, and partnerships with CMF.
Leadership experiences by offering opportunities such as serving on a committee or facilitating workshops.

EPIP Michigan Community in Action:



Are you wondering if EPIP Michigan is the right network for you? We’re looking to engage early career professionals in the field of philanthropy who are interested in advancing social justice and equity; connecting with other professionals and the broader field; and strengthening their professional and leadership skills.

To get in touch with EPIP Michigan, email us at [email protected]

Follow EPIP Michigan on Twitter and Instagram at @EPIPMichigan

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April 2020

Beloved EPIP Michigan member,

We’re writing this message with a deep sense of gratitude and thanks for the courage and strength that you and your colleagues are embodying under such challenging circumstances.  The COVID-19 global pandemic is causing a ripple effect across many facets of our society – public health, economy, education, etc. This virus is exposing the vulnerabilities of our communities, compounding issues of inequity that have already existed in many communities. 

As stewards in philanthropy, a field rooted in the “love of humanity”, our role has become much more difficult. Not only are we carrying the challenges that our communities are facing but also personal challenges of our own. We’re concerned for our parents, children, neighbors, loved ones and constantly thinking of those who are essential and frontline workers. We see you. We understand. It’s hard.

This tweet puts into words what most of us have been trying to grapple with lately. Let’s all be kind to ourselves. Of course, we’ve got work to do and our grantees, partners and communities are counting on us. But let’s be real about our own struggles and learn to move forward - moment by moment, one day at a time.

We don’t have all the answers, but we’re not powerless. Let’s each use whatever agency we have:

  • To unleash resources equitably to those in need
  • Care for ourselves, colleagues and loved ones
  • Use our voices to share accurate messages to dispel misinformation, racism and xenophobia
  • And be hope-ful

Though things are difficult right now, we must not be overcome by despair. The words of attorney and civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson can be a guiding light for us at this moment, “Hope is your superpower. Don't let anybody or anything make you hopeless. Hope is the enemy of injustice."

Check out a few updates from EPIP Michigan, COVID-19 resources and self-care techniques below.


EPIP Michigan congratulates our new tri-chairs and welcomes two new steering committee members

Please join us in congratulating Laura Collier, Council of Michigan Foundations, and  Tory Martin, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, who were recently named steering committee tri-chairs; joining Mark Greer, PwC Charitable Foundation, who continues his term. We say farewell to Surabhi Pandit, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and Andrea Judd-Shurmur, Council of Michigan Foundations, who completed their terms as tri-chairs in December 2019. We wish them well and thank them for their service.

The steering committee welcomes two new additions, Tori Craig of Rotary Charities of Traverse City and Jonathan Pulley of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Tori is a strategic communications manager with a background in food justice. She’s a self-proclaimed systems-thinking enthusiast with a deep commitment to bringing anti-oppression culture into the workplace. Jonathan is a program specialist focused on racial equity. He’s passionate about removing barriers caused by structural, systemic and economic racism through policy change that ensures children and families have equitable outcomes. Welcome, Tori and Jonathan!


Census 2020 is underway – Join the campaign to ensure everyone is accurately counted!

The National Census Day on April 1 resulted in a jump to the nationwide census response rate, which now stands at more than 45%. Currently, the census count is outpacing that of 2010. The census has been extended to Aug. 14 due to COVID-19. Join the efforts to get the word out to your grantees, partners and networks. The future of our communities depends on an accurate count! Visit 2020census.gov for the latest news and resources.


COVID-19 Resources







Remote work


What we’re reading…


Stay tuned for future virtual programming opportunities from EPIP Michigan, if you have any ideas, reach out to us via email ([email protected]) and check out our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates.

EPIP Michigan Chapter News

Member Spotlight: Cultivating Your Career

Posted on July 22, 2016

...Below are some exercises, advice and reminders of what it takes to be keenly engaged in building your career. Whether you have a desire to enter or make a change within the field of philanthropy, my hope is that you will find the following recommendations advantageous as you continue to strive for success.  ...

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Reflections on "emPOWER: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders"

Posted on September 03, 2015

What does it mean to weave your work and your passion together? We are excited to share thoughtful reflections from an EPIP Michigan Chapter summer event - emPOWER: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders - that asked those questions.

Held at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the event included a keynote and interactive sessions with Shannon Polk. Shannon Polk: lawyer, theologian, advocate, facilitator, and co-founder of EPIP Michigan, posed the question "Does the work you do align with who you are?" - as Mackezie highlights below. 

Thank you to Katie Van Dusen and Mackenzie Price for bringing us into the experience!

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Apply to Join EPIP Michigan's Steering Committee

Posted on May 27, 2015

EPIP Members are invited to apply to serve on EPIP Michigan’s Steering Committee 
Application Deadline: Monday, June 8, 2015

The Michigan Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) seeks applications for new steering committee members to join in summer 2015. 

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Conference Reflection: It’s time to see our career movement in 3D

Posted on April 28, 2013
The following is written by Elizabeth Kidd, Steering Committee Co-Chair of the EPIP-Michigan Chapter, and staff at the Community Foundation for the Holland/Zeeland Area.  Moving up on the proverbial career ladder is a frequent topic of conversation among young professionals in any field; the philanthropic/social change sector is certainly no exception.  We analyze potential next steps, lament the often limited options for upward mobility, confess our fears that we might be stagnating, and celebrate when we ourselves or our colleagues have opportunities to move up.  However as I talked with other participants at the 2013 EPIP National Conference and listened to them describe the work they were doing, I was struck by how woefully inadequate the career ladder metaphor is to capture the many valuable ways we can and do move professionally – particularly in the field of philanthropy.
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