Emerging Philanthropists are young professionals committed to Southeastern Michigan's future. Members donate their dollars to fund the work, their voices to build awareness around our impact and their time to volunteer in the community. Members are invited to year-round VIP networking events with opportunities to learn from elite community and business leaders from our Alexis de Tocqueville members.

216 Emerging Philanthropists

2,000+ hours networked
392 Total number of volunteer hours
$245,000+ donated in 2017
178 Total number of volunteers

Oct 2018

Learn United Tour

Join us at our headquarters to...

Nov 2018

Find Your Future volunteer opportunity

This career fair allows Detroit high...

Dec 2018

Focus: HOPE holiday food delivery

Help deliver food and gifts to...

Learn United Tour

Monday October 22, 2018 - 5 - 6 p.m.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
660 Woodward Ave., Suite 300

Join us at our headquarters to learn about the impact Emerging Philanthropists are making through giving, advocating and volunteering with United Way. After the tour, we’ll head to Calexico for trivia night.

Find Your Future volunteer opportunity

Friday November 9, 2018 - 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ford Field
2000 Brush St.

This career fair allows Detroit high school freshmen to learn about future career options, build skillsets and interact and engage with others. Volunteers will help 2,000 high school freshmen with wayfinding and check in. Volunteers are also needed to help with workshops and a service learning lab.

Focus: HOPE holiday food delivery

Saturday December 15, 2018 - 8 a.m.
1200 Oakman Blvd.
Building B

Help deliver food and gifts to more than 1,000 senior citizens in preparation for the holidays.

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.

Ellen Hoeppner

Ellen Hoeppner

"Emerging Philanthropists offers me the perfect opportunity to give to causes I care about, while also meeting other community-minded professionals."

Brad Lutz

Brad Lutz

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

Sheri Darrah

Sheri Darrah

"My favorite aspect of Emerging Philanthropists is being afforded opportunities to give back and be part of something bigger than any of us."