There are many roles and careers within the philanthropic sector, but all require building the knowledge and voice to advocate for your needs. Self-advocacy and the development of a personal approach to leadership are vital tools to help build a path within the philanthropic sector.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Understanding the philanthropic landscape and how to chart a career path within it
  • Effectively handling salary negotiation, promotion, and annual review conversations
  • Developing one’s own unique approach to leadership

Self-Advocacy Resources

Want to get started on your self-advocacy journey? There are a number of organizations in the philanthropic sector that offer fellowship programs that can provide guidance and support, including ABFE's Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program, HIP's Líderes Fellowship Program, the American Express NGen Fellows Program, TFN's PLACES Fellowship, SECF's Hull Fellows Leadership Program, and Funders for LGBTQ Issues' GUTC Leaders Fellowship Program

You can also build on your self-advocacy by developing stronger relationships through Interpersonal Leadership, bringing an equity lens to your personal leadership journey with Equity Analysis, or taking a look at all seven ILF cornerstones here.

EPIP Self-Advocacy Blog Posts

Four Things We Learned From Emerging Post-Pandemic: Being a Future-Focused Leader Now

Posted on June 23, 2020

Recently, philanthropic futurist (and EPIP Minnesota chapter founder/former EPIP Board Chair) Trista Harris joined EPIP to talk about the ways that futurism can help the philanthropic sector imagine (and help create) the post-pandemic world.  The full talk is here but four pieces of wisdom that stuck with us were:

1) Stop loving the problem. Avoid making whatever problem or social issue that you’re trying to solve the sole focus of your work. Your discussions (both internally and with grantees) should be about what is being built in addition to what is being overcome.

2) Look for the future in the present. Make time to look at trends, best practices, and places where the changes you want to implement are already happening. You can always learn from the work of others.

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This Year, Plan Your Professional Development From The Heart (Yes, Really)

Posted on January 25, 2018

January is a great time to consider your own growth both professionally and personally. Use this time to plan from the heart. True development is about aligning your professional goals and skills with your deep, personal sense of purpose. Resist the temptation to go through the motions with your plan.

This January, take some time to ask yourself these questions:

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Tips on Building a Career in Philanthropy

Posted on March 10, 2015

By Stephen Alexander, Program Manger, Exponent Philanthropy

For career-minded professionals working in philanthropy—whether in program or administrative roles at foundations, philanthropy support organizations, consulting firms, or academic centers—the field can be a difficult space to navigate. Career paths tend to be limited and unconventional, and, although funders are making great strides in going public with their giving, the field has yet to overcome its tendency toward anonymity. 

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Self-Advocacy Events

EPIP has events that focus on self-advocacy throughout the year, both through our webinars and national programming and through our chapter work. Any upcoming events will be listed below, but past events include Emerging Post-Pandemic: Becoming a Future-Focused Leader Now (EPIP National Webinar), Planning Your Path for the Future (EPIP New York), and Leadership Journeys (EPIP Colorado). 

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