EPNO (Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans)

EPNO is a giving circle that aims to engage young professionals in philanthropy and to increase the impact that these individuals can have by pooling their resources in a grant-making process for local nonprofit organizations. Each participant pledges $500 of his/her own money, and then has that matched by an employer, an outside funder, friends/family, etc. So, each person has $1000 to pool in a focus group (usually about 8-9 people per group) to then dole out the sum ($8000 – $9000) to selected grant applicants.