Organizational Profile

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy


EPIP exists because the foundation industry is traditionally dominated by mid-career and retired leaders. The 1990s saw the start of an ongoing boom in the number of foundations and the need for professional staff.

Hundreds of young nonprofit and community leaders have been hired into foundation jobs. While there has been much buzz about the inter-generational transfer of wealth, the field has not acknowledged the generational shift in the staff realm. Hence, this emerging cadre of grantmakers has not been nurtured, utilized to the fullest, or networked as a cohort. This situation betrays a larger gap in professional education for grantmakers, which EPIP is now helping to fill.

Thus the founders of EPIP saw the need for a national network with local roots in areas of significant foundation density, and a set of programs that speak directly to the challenges of the philanthropic workplace, and that raise the voice of new generations of foundation leaders. This hunch has been borne out by the amazing response: literally hundreds of young professionals in foundations, regional assocations of grantmakers, affinity groups, corporate and government grantmaking programs, and related organizations have stepped forward as members and leaders of the network. And we know there are more who have joined, or who have not yet found.


Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy develops extraordinary new leaders to enhance organized philanthropy and its impact on communities.


Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy envisions a day when all generations of practitioners in philanthropy collaborate effectively to build better foundations for a better world.

Guiding Principles

  • Generational Change & Multigenerationalism: We believe that foundations should integrate the experience of senior leaders with the innovation of emerging leaders.
  • Professionalism & Effectiveness: We believe that practitioners in philanthropy should be educated and trained to act according to the highest ethical and professional standards.
  • Social Impact to Build a Better World: We believe that philanthropy should endeavor to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.


Local chapters play an extremely important role in advancing EPIP’s mission and they are vibrant hubs of activity filled with individuals inspired by philanthropic intellectual curiosity and network development.

To learn more about what’s happening in your area, check out your chapter’s leadership and activities:

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Target Audience: Grants management staff, Program staff, Administrative staff, Communications staff, Development staff, Executive staff, Financial staff, Trustees, Donors

Services Provided: Consulting, Conferences, Resources, Training

Geographic Scope: Local, State, National

Target Organizations: Community foundation, Public foundation, Donor advised, Corporate grantmaker, Family foundation, Independent, Operating foundation

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