A Partnership Between:



The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and Harrisburg Young Professionals are partnering to provide an opportunity for emerging leaders in the Harrisburg community to become actively engaged with the power of philanthropy!

The Emerging Philanthropists program seeks to engage Harrisburg’s emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in Harrisburg. What does it mean to be philanthropic? How do I understand the needs of our community? What can I do to make an impact? The Emerging Philanthropists program provides resources and educational opportunities for Harrisburg’s developing leaders who wish to be actively engaged in giving back to their community.

Harrisburg Hoopla is an annual adult field day competition on City Island raising money for charity. Hoopla is hosted by the Emerging Philanthropist Program.

The program features group sessions once a month for the calendar year that include discussions with local business and nonprofit leaders, evaluation of community needs, grantmaking 101, site visits to community organizations, fund distribution, and much more.

For more details and to contribute to the Emerging Philanthropists Fund, Click Here 

Class of 2021 Session Dates

All sessions are from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • February 16, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • March 23, 2021
  • April 20, 2021
  • May 18, 2021
  • June 15, 2021
  • July 20, 2021
  • August 17, 2021
  • September 21, 2021
  • Site visits scheduled
  • October 19, 2021
  • Grantee check presentation
  • Graduation! November 16, 2021

To participate, please fill out the 2021 EPP Application!

All applications must be received by HYP no later than February 8, 2021, and you must be an HYP member.

Contact info@hyp.org with any questions.

Past Grant Recipients:

  • 2014:  Samara
  • 2015:  YWCA Youth Build
  • 2016:  Shalom House
  • 2017:  Downtown Daily Bread
  • 2018:  Brethren Housing Association
  • 2019:  Lebanon Rescue Mission


How did EPP impact your life personally?

“I was able to make connections with people outside of HYP which proved beneficial. I also learned about things that were happening in and around Harrisburg that I was not aware of.”
– Jen Lowe Baker

How did EPP impact your life personally?

“I gained confidence in my abilities to fundraise and organize large charitable events while also coming to the realization that it’s going to take more than a good gala to fix society’s troubles.”
– Zac Monnier