How It Works

 

A High-Engagement 6-Month Experience

  • Join a team with people who care about the same issues you do. Past teams have included Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Environment, Economic Development, Healthcare and Housing.
  • Pool your resources for greater impact.  Every dollar you give, we match through the generosity of outside sponsorships. Team members combine these funds.
  • Learn the basics. Participate in sessions such as “Grantmaking 101″ and hear from topic experts.
  • Engage in a hands-on experience.  Evaluate grant proposals. Conduct site visits.  Interview applicants. Work with teammates to decide where your funds can have the highest impact. Make the case for who should win grant dollars.
  • Award grants. Present checks to your grantees at a culminating Awards Ceremony.
  • Stay connected.  When the program is over, you can continue to stay engaged through alumni events, volunteering with past grantees, or serving as a committee member, liaison or advisory board member. EPNO’s alumni engagement committee provides these opportunities throughout the year.

 

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