Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Philadelphia is proud to announce its Leadership Lunch series, designed to allow emerging leaders the opportunity to interact and learn from exciting leaders in the philanthropic sector. The Leadership Lunch series will kick off with Leeway’s own Executive Director, Denise Brown.
About the EPIP
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 associations 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.