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Emerging Practitioner Peer Community

The future of the philanthropy field is contingent on new practitioners learning and excelling in the field. The Forum is committed to being a source of knowledge and guidance for new philanthropy-serving organization (PSO) professionals through our newest network – Emerging Practitioners Peer Community. If you have resources to share, please share them online or by emailing Brandon Iracks-Edelin

Emerging Practitioners Peer Community

The Emerging Practitioners Peer Community is designed for those with less than five years of experience in the philanthropy field.

  • Emerging Practitioners Listserv ( You must be a member of the Forum & this Peer Community to post to this list.    
  • Three round-robin calls per year
  •  Forum’s Annual Conference virtual session

Interested in joining this Peer Community? Submit your email address on the form at the bottom of the Our Networks page

Forum Staff Leads: Brandon Iracks-Edelin, (202) 991-5217


Brittany Hardgrove, Philanthropy Ohio

Brittany Hardgrove helps coordinate and implement all programming and learning opportunities for Philanthropy Ohio and lead the launch of a self-directed online learning series. Brittany also provide administrative support for the vice president, programs & learning, and the programs & learning department as a whole. Brittany went to The Ohio State University for undergrad and have been working with nonprofits doing event planning for the past five years. Recently Brittany became a Certified Meeting Professional. 

In her free time, you can find Brittany planning her wedding with her fiancé; trying new restaurants and bars with family and friends; cuddling with her dog watching a movie or reading a book; going to concerts; and teaching herself how to crochet.

Cozzie King, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Cozzie King has worked over 13 years as a nonprofit/association professional. Prior to GEO, Cozzie was the Manager of Operations & Special Projects for the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (The Coalition). During her time with the Coalition, Cozzie worked directly with the Executive Director to manage the day-to-day operations of the Coalition, including Board support, workgroup/committee management, website content, social media and communication planning, member engagement and the deliverables of all special grants and projects the Coalition partnered on. Her work at the Coalition helped their mission to ensure that patients and families living with serious illness had access to quality hospice and palliative care services regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or disability.

Cozzie also worked for several years at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). There she worked as the Manager of Professional Development and Associate Manager of Access Programs.

In her free time, Cozzie organizes a meetup group and book club for African American women living in Northern VA, watches too many Law & Order marathons, has an unhealthy LOVE for thrifting and is working to complete her studies in Business Management, Leadership Development. Cozzie’s personality tests always show her as the protagonist (ENFJs) which means she has lots of creative energy, strives to do the right thing and will be your biggest cheerleader.


2017 Key Metrics for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations

United Philanthropy Forum's 2017 Key Metrics for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations report provides comprehensive benchmarking data and analyses on the governance, finances, membership, services and programs, and operations of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), which includes philanthropy associations and networks focused on place, issue, identity, funder type, and/or philanthropic practice.  

A Job Hunter Gets Advice on Landing Her First Job in Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The advice a recent graduate hoping to work as a grant maker received from nonprofit executives is also key to maintaining and developing your career in the philanthropy field.

For Emerging Philanthropy Professionals: The Power of Personal Branding

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Building a personal brand as a new PSO professional can help solidify your career in the field. Here are a few things to consider when building your person brand.