Join

Applications for the Class of 2017 are now open. Apply here.

Why join?

  • Make a Difference. Use your funds and individual skill sets to assist organizations that are making New Orleans a better place to live.
  • Learn Something New. Discover some of the biggest challenges affecting New Orleans and how to positively impact those through philanthropic giving.
  • Meet Dynamic People. Interact with people sharing the common interest of improving New Orleans while building lasting relationships, personally and professionally.

See how the program works

Am I eligible?

The EPNO Advisory Committee will select up to 50 applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Live and/or work in the Greater New Orleans area
  • Are between the ages of 25 and 40
  • Have a desire and vested interest to improve the community through philanthropy and volunteer initiatives
  • Are able to contribute $500 towards the grantmaking fund (Payments can be made in 1-5 installments over a six month period. Contributions are tax-deductible, and are matched dollar for dollar by sponsors)
  • Are willing to commit to the timeline and expectations of EPNO (see below)
  • Are open minded with a willingness to collaborate with fellow class members

I’m busy. What sort of commitment is this?

Each class member is expected to demonstrate a full commitment by:

  • Attending each general meeting on time and for the duration. The program runs from mid-May to mid-November. Over the course of the program are eight mandatory dates.
  • In addition to these eight large group meetings, you will be asked to attend approximately six small group meetings and three social events.
  • Contributing $500 to the class grantmaking fund (Payments can be made in 1-5 installments over a six month period. Contributions are tax-deductible, and are matched dollar for dollar by sponsors)

2017 Program Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 10: Introductory Dine Around
  • Saturday, May 13: Orientation
  • Saturday, June 24: Grantmaking 101
  • Wednesday, July 26: Panel on Philanthropy
  • Wednesday, August 16 & Saturday, August 19: Mock Site Visits
  • Tuesday, September 26: Recommendation Presentation
  • Wednesday, November 8: Awards Celebration