Mission & Impact

Our Mission: Inspire. Impact. Connect.

  • Inspire and educate young leaders to become effective, lifelong philanthropists.
  • Impact Greater New Orleans through granting funds to organizations tackling some of our toughest problems.
  • Connect local emerging leaders with each other, nonprofits and the greater community.


Our Success to Date:

  • Since 2009, we have distributed more than $420,000 in grants to 70+ local organizations
  • More than 350 young professionals have completed the grantmaking program
  • Participants are engaging with philanthropy: two-thirds of each class remain involved with EPNO through volunteering, supporting the program and/or attending alumni events.  For many, this program has served as a catalyst to serve on nonprofit boards 

What Alumni Are Saying:

“This is a great way to meet new, interesting and community-minded individuals while pooling your resources for a good cause and to make a significant impact in New Orleans.”

“Participating in EPNO not only will teach you to become a strategic philanthropist, it also will connect you with interesting people and organizations in New Orleans.”

“This is a excellent opportunity to see the behind the scenes on grant-writing and reviewing applications. It will also give you a glimpse into many non-profit organizations in the city.”

“In addition to the rewarding feeling of helping a few projects get off the ground, I have met a lot of incredible people who are now really good professional and personal friends.”

“EPNO was a unique and invaluable opportunity of learning the A to Z’s of grant making and philanthropy. I got to collaborate with a talented group of individuals. The outcome was not only impressive and rewarding, but left me wanting to find more ways to help our grantees and others.”