Welcome to EPIP Membership

Welcome to EPIP!

You are now officially signed up as an EPIP member - thanks for joining us! We are thrilled to welcome you to our network of highly skilled & effective changemakers committed to working together to build a just, equitable, and sustainable society. 

Who We Are

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of philanthropic professionals and other change-makers who strive for excellence and equity in the practice of philanthropy. 

Our mission is to empower emerging leaders and elevate philanthropic practice in order to build a more just, equitable and sustainable world. We envision a world where people of all identities can live full and prosperous lives, supported by a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and effective philanthropic sector. 

Over the past two+ decades, EPIP has welcomed members from all sectors and ages who are passionate about using philanthropy to build a more equitable world. We hope you’ll find “your people” in philanthropy within EPIP’s diverse, talented, and passionate community of emergent leaders!

Your Member Benefits

EPIP has many member benefits, but here are a few that will help get you started:

Your Local Chapter

EPIP has active chapters across the country. Find out more about local events and initiatives for the chapter nearest you on our chapters page! If you're looking for an opportunity to get more involved with your chapter's programming or initiatives, you can also become a chapter leader and help build your local philanthropic community.

EPIP's Communities of Practice

Whether or not you're near an EPIP chapter, our communities of practice give you the space and support to develop as an inclusive leader alongside fellow EPIP members. We offer three communities of practice - the People of Color Network, a community of practice for emerging women leaders of color, and a community of practice for white allies. Each offers identity-based networking, professional development opportunities, and peer coaching - an opportunity to find and build a home base within the philanthropic sector. Click here to learn more and sign up.


Philanthropology™, first developed by EPIP in 2012 and revised for 2021, grounds you in the history and purpose of philanthropy using a social justice lens. This series of resources, readings, and online learning in a peer group focuses on movement-building, intersectionality, equitable grantmaking, and more. Members receive a discount. Click here for more information.

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.

Please Stay in Touch

Learn more about our staff and advisory board, and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the latest news.

If you have membership questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We're happy to help!

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