Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

Strengthening the Next Generation of Grantmakers

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As the 1990’s boomed and more foundations were formed, the number of jobs at foundations surged.  To fill these roles, hundreds of young professionals were hired into a field traditionally dominated by mid-career and second-career professionals.  They entered the field as a way to increase their understanding of the nonprofit sector and their impact on the world, and they had to learn philanthropy from scratch. To address the field’s critical generational issues and to strengthen this young cohort of grantmakers across the field, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) was created.

Catering to professionals under forty, have less than five years in the field or hold non-senior-level positions, EPIP is an advocacy voice for a generation aimed at transforming philanthropy, strengthening the pipeline for young people in social change careers. 

To help accelerate this transition, EPIP became a fiscally sponsored project of Tides.  As partners for change, EPIP and Tides have made possible for 46 members to attend industry conferences and trainings by awarding $34,000 through EPIP’s Professional Development Fund and Next Generation Scholarship Fund.  So instrumental is EPIP’s work, the Ford Foundation gave them $200,000 in 2010.

With chapters across the country, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, EPIP members belong to a national network that includes local peer learning groups, professional development workshops and mentoring opportunities.

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