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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 Lead:  Ivana Bikombe (202) 869-4327 and Brandon Iracks-Edelin (202-991-5217)


Anthony Salgado, Philanthropy New York

As the Member Engagement Manager, Anthony Salgado works to ensure that PNY members are actively engaged in the PNY community and connected to relevant programs, resources, and services that PNY offers. He supports the management and maintenance of PNY’s membership database, to ensure members are connected to programs, resources, and networks. He serves as a resource to answer member inquiries regarding requests for assistance and research.
As a Californian native, Anthony brings extensive experience from the state government regulatory board, Medical Board of California (MBC). He was responsible for protecting health care consumers through the regulation and licensing of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and the implementation of the legislative process.

Anthony holds a Master of Science Degree in Nonprofit Management and a Postgraduate Certificate in Organizational Development from the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment. During graduate school, Anthony gained experience in talent acquisition at a holacratic organization and in fundraising and development at a nonprofit organization through his internships. He received a Certificate in Business Management from Sacramento City College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from California State University, Sacramento.


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.