New England Emerging Leaders

About the LxG Emerging Leaders Council

The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is a group of passionate, young members from all backgrounds and professions who want to develop their skills and networks in order to become agents of change in their communities. The ELC works to engage and equip the next generation of philanthropic leaders who want to make a local impact.

ELC Events

The ELC is hosting a series of events that aim to provide a deconstructed philanthropy class experience. These events highlight the core tenets of philanthropy education, provide networking opportunities, showcase local organizations, and connects talented volunteers with organizations seeking skills-based support.

Our kick-off was held in October 2017 and 80+ people attended. Our first of the deconstructed LxG class series, “Identify”, was held on May 17 and featured panelists from The Boston Foundation, John Hancock, Clipper Ship Foundation, and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services. The panel focused on identification of “big issues” in the Boston area, and their respective solutions towards them.

We are currently in the planning stages for our next three events of the year. The second event in our series is focused on storytelling and advocacy, and will be held in late August. Our third event will be based around how to match funders to organizations and will be held in the fall, and our fourth event will be the Philanthropy on the Field at Fenway Park (more below).

Get involved with the New England ELC!

We are seeking passionate, dedicated volunteers to join the ELC. We welcome and encourage people from any profession or background, and there is no prior experience with philanthropy necessary. The ELC currently includes members who work in education, finance, health care, and nonprofit development.

The ELC meets monthly; most meetings will now be held remotely via Zoom, and some meetings are held in-person at the LxG office (Newbury St., Back Bay). Meetings are focused on brainstorming ways to engage young professionals in Boston around philanthropy, creating content for events, and marketing and event production. 

Council Member Expectations

  • Attend monthly meetings (most are remote)
  • Commit to a 1-year term, with option for renewal at the end of year 1
  • Significant involvement in planning and executing events
  • Leverage your personal and professional networks to recruit general members and event attendees

Benefits of Getting Involved

  • Experience democratic philanthropy by providing input on awarding the funds raised through ELC events to deserving Boston-area nonprofits
  • Opportunities to get involved in LxG initiatives
    • i.e. Development of a LxG app, involvement in planning and executing “Philanthropy in the Field” event at Fenway Park
  • Engage with a growing network of other young leaders interested in making a local impact
  • Participate in experiential learning opportunities and develop skills through organizing and attending events
  • Opportunities to learn more about LxG’s impact

If you’re interested in getting involved, email emerging.leaders@learningbygivingfoundation.org