The Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans is now accepting applications for its 2014 class.

Conceived at a 504ward Dine Around in 2008, EPNO is an initiative to engage young leaders in New Orleans in philanthropy. Members participate in a six-month program, where they pool funds, collaborate on teams and allocate grants impacting issues they care about.

To date, EPNO has distributed more than $160,000 in grants to 36 local organizations.  Over 150 young professionals have completed the grantmaking program to explore the process for effective philanthropy and hear from key leaders from across different sectors. Members are selected through a competitive application process and work collaboratively in one of four grantmaking areas, based on cohort interest.

Those interested in applying should complete an application in entirety found at  http://www.emergingphilanthropists.org/applynow/.