Emerging Philanthropists Program Application


Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2024

TFEC is excited to provide 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). EPP seeks to engage Central PA’s emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in Central PA. 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.


Required Session Dates:

  • February 20, 2024
  • March 5, 2024
  • March 26, 2024
  • April 16, 2024
  • May 21, 2024
  • June 1, 2024 – Harrisburg Hoopla
  • June 18, 2024
  • July 16, 2024
  • August 20, 2024
  • September 17, 2024
  • TBD – Applicant Site Visit
  • October 15, 2024
  • TBD Grantee check presentation
  • November 19, 2024 – Graduation!


  1. Before completing the application, please make sure you are available to attend each session. Sessions run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  2. Carefully read and complete all the information on the form.
  3. Please fill out the application below

If you have any additional questions, please contact philanthrophy@tfec.org.

Emerging Philanthropists Program (EPP) Application

Application Information

All personal information will be kept confidential. Selected members of the program will be provided with preferred contact information only.
Home Address(Required)

The following information helps achieve class diversity

Employment Information

Work Address(Required)

Additional Information

Excluding High School, include the name of the institution, degree received, and year completed.
List two previous employers beginning with most recent
List current or past affiliations with community organizations and what your role is/was.
Include 2: Name, Employer, Title, Length and Nature of Acquaintance

Essay Questions

Please respond to the following essay questions. The responses should be at least 250 words. Failure to answer the questions will result in the applicant receiving no further consideration.

Preferred Contact



This leadership program includes approximately 50 hours of session time. To complete the program, a participant is expected to attend all sessions. The program includes 10 evening sessions that run approximately 2.5 hours each. Additional sessions will include site visits to nonprofit organizations in the community, grantee check presentation, and other opportunities as they arise. Attendance at each of the monthly sessions is required. If you miss three sessions, you will not be permitted to complete the program. There will be minimal additional out-of-session time required for program completion. Participation and attendance at EPP fundraisers is encouraged. Participants are required to serve on the Planning Committee of Harrisburg Hoopla, compete at Harrisburg or volunteer for the full day of Harrisburg Hoopla.


By my signature, I understand and affirm that the purpose of the Emerging Philanthropists Program is to increase my awareness and understanding about community philanthropy while learning the principles and practices of leadership. If selected, I will devote the time and efforts necessary to complete the program. I will participate fully as an actively engaged member of the 2024 class of the Emerging Philanthropists Program. I will remain involved in the program after my graduation, be it by mentoring the next Class, speaking to the new classes, attending graduation events, etc. The Classes of 2014-2023 along with leadership of TFEC decided to sustain this program into the future through the establishment of the Emerging Philanthropists endowment fund. I understand that I will be required to make a financial contribution comfortable to me as part of the Class of 2024 gift to the Emerging Philanthropists Fund.


By providing your digital signature below, you agree that the provided information in this applications is true to the best of your knowledge and may be submitted for review.
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Selected candidates will be advised no later than January 26, 2024.

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