Emerging Philanthropists (EP) is a group of young leaders working to make an impact in our region through innovation and equity in the nonprofit sector. Members donate and contribute their time to make a difference and also have opportunities to network with community philanthropic leaders and corporate executives in Southeastern Michigan.

Membership Criteria and Benefits

EPs give a minimum $500 annual donation to United Way for Southeastern Michigan. As young leaders making a difference, benefits to this gift include access to custom volunteer opportunities and social and networking events including happy hours, Beyond the Boardroom sessions, policy functions and programs with our Tocqueville Society.

Emerging Philanthropists Happy Hours

Please join our Emerging Philanthropists for their monthly informal Happy Hour, where all are welcome! Come mingle, engage with friends of United Way and enjoy some of our region’s best spots. All happy hours take place from 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, June 20
Come celebrate Juneteenth with Emerging Philanthropists at Good Times on the Ave, 19416 Livernois in Detroit on the Avenue of Fashion. We will enjoy the patio as we support one of Detroit’s Black Owned Businesses.

Thursday, June 27
Join us on the Bank of Ann Abor skydeck, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Ann Arbor. Beer and wine will be provided and there will also be a chance to play some rooftop games.

Thursday, Aug. 8
Sam Hill, Ann Arbor
We will collect Back to School supplies at this happy hour.

Click here to RSVP for these events.

Learn more about our Emerging Philanthropists group here.

Reach out to EmergingPhilanthropists@LiveUnitedSEM.org with any questions.

160 members

$150,000 raised in 2019

2000+ hours networked

Meet Our Leadership

Meet the next generation of philanthropists who are helping shape the work of United Way.

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Learn why these leaders joined United Way’s Emerging Philanthropists.

“I joined Emerging Philanthropists to work with like-minded professionals looking to give back to our community.”

Brad Lutz