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Emerging Philanthropists Program

Support or join the next generation of philanthropists

The Emerging Philanthropists Program (EPP) seeks to engage Central PA’s emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in our region. EPP provides resources and educational opportunities for those who wish to be actively engaged in philanthropic endeavors.

In the culminating experience, the class applies their newly learned community and grantmaking skills by awarding a grant to a nonprofit organization in a funding priority chosen by the class after assessing community needs. Since 2014, the Emerging Philanthropists Program has granted more than $40,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Harrisburg area.


Registration for EPP Class of 2023 is now closed. Selected Candidates will be advised no later than February 8, 2023.

EPP provides an opportunity for emerging leaders in the Central PA community to become actively engaged with the power of philanthropy through the Emerging Philanthropists Program (EPP). What does it mean to be philanthropic? How do I understand the needs of our community? What can I do to make an impact? EPP provides resources and educational opportunities for Central PA’s developing leaders who wish to be actively engaged in giving back to their community.


February 21, 2023
March 7, 2023
March 21, 2023
April 18, 2023
May 16, 2023
June 20, 2023
July 18, 2023
August 15, 2023
September 19, 2023
TBD – Applicant Site Visit
October 17, 2023
TBD Grantee check presentation
November 14, 2023 Graduation!
June 3, 2023 – Harrisburg Hoopla

2020 EPP Class Photo

2019 Harrisburg Hoopla

2019 Harrisburg Hoopla

Harrisburg Hoopla Check Presentation - Friends of International House

Harrisburg Hoopla Check Presentation - Lebanon Rescue Mission

Harrisburg Hoopla Check Presentation - Salvation Army

Harrisburg Hoopla Check Presentation - Samara

What is Harrisburg Hoopla?

It’s a fantastic event hosted by EPP where teams compete to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations. 

The 2023 Harrisburg Hoopla event is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2023 on City Island.