People of Color Network

About EPIP's People of Color Network (PCN)

The PCN (formerly Professional Development Fund or PDF) was established in 2005 to widen the leadership pipeline and create opportunities for skills development and personal growth of young people of color in foundations and other philanthropic institutions. Since its inception, EPIP’s PCN has engaged 100+ young leaders from a diverse range of institutions, geographic locations, backgrounds and roles within the philanthropic field.

PCN is specifically intended to support young people of color in the field, such as Asian American, African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Latin American, or multiracial individuals. This reflects EPIP’s emphasis on ensuring racial diversity within our next-generation work. 

The PCN offers participants access to professional development training and intergenerational learning opportunities, with the intent of diversifying and retaining people of color within the sector.

The content of the PCN gathering itself is three-fold:

  1. making personal connections to social justice work; 
  2. understanding structural racism; and 
  3. bringing this work back home.


A collection of blog posts, recaps and other resources from previous PCN gatherings can be found here.



The 2015 EPIP People of Color Network Gathering

For this year's PCN Gathering, we are planning on bringing a delegation to PolicyLink's Equity Summit from October 27-29, 2015 scheduled to take place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.


  • Participation in the PCN delegation is FREE and open only to current dues-paying EPIP members
  • Participation in the PCN delegation is open to all: people of color and their white allies
  • Participants will be responsible for funding and arranging their own travel
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a firm deadline of 8/21/15.

You are:

  • An EPIP Member
  • Committed to addressing and advancing racial and social equity in your role at EPIP as well as in your place of work

You will:

  • Receive free full access to PolicyLink's 2015 Equity Summit in Los Angeles, CA
  • Become more aware of and develop tools and networks to address power, privilege, and oppression in the philanthropic sector

Your Commitment:

  • While participation is free of charge, you will be required to fund your own travel. We suggest you confirm organizational support before you commit.
  • A requirement for participating in the EPIP PCN delegation is that you submit a report of publishable quality on your experience at the Summit (word count between 800-1,000) no later than November 25, 2015.


Download full FAQs here


The 2014 EPIP People of Color Network Gathering

The 2014 EPIP People of Color Network Gathering took place at Race Forward’s Facing Race National Conference held in Dallas, TX from November 13-15, 2014. This year’s PCN Gathering was open to all: people of color and their white allies.

Facing Race: A National Conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation.

The 2014 EPIP PCN gathering registration included:

  • A half-day of EPIP-designed professional development training on Thursday, November 13 from 1-5:30 PM to equip emerging people of color within the philanthropic sector by building skills and developing personal connections that challenge existing systems of inequity.
  • 3-day all access to Facing Race, a national biennial conference presented by Race Forward, featuring sessions that build multiracial and intergenerational power and convene leaders working to bridge the racial equity gap. Facing Race 2014 will be held in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 13-15, 2014

We gratefully acknowledge the Marguerite Casey Foundation for their support of the 2014 People of Color Network Gathering.


EPIP is actively seeking sponsorship from funders and corporations.

Our PCN sponsors are a key component to the overall success of this vital convening on racial equity. Join us and be identified among a core group of organizations that have made a considerable commitment to advancing racial and social equity. If your organization is interested in supporting the PCN Gathering, please contact More information on sponsorship tiers can be found for download here.


The Next Generation Speaks:


What Emerging Leaders of Color in Philanthropy Think about Race

This monograph provides a current snapshot of the experiences and perspectives of emerging philanthropic professionals of color on issues of racial equity. Through seven years of People of Color Network programming, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy has heard from more than 125 emerging professionals of color in the field about the experience of being a person of color in philanthropy.

Download the publication.


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