The EL Community Project

Launched in 2021, the Emergent Learning Community Project is a grant funded project of Global Philanthropy Partnership. Its purpose is to support a vital, diverse and growing community of practitioners who, together and individually, are deepening their practice and creating the conditions for stronger thinking, action and results in the organizations and the larger systems in which they work. Through a variety of activities, the EL Community Project helps practitioners both expand their vision for what’s possible and apply EL to specific and concrete goals. 

The EL Community Project is led by a team of three project co-directors. An EL Community Advisory Panel is composed of community members who serve rotating terms of two-to-three years. It supports a number of Project Fellows who undertake specific projects or serve as faculty in EL training programs. 

Individuals who complete an ELCP-led program become EL Community members, gaining access to programming, resources, and peer support. Community members play a variety of roles in supporting each other in deepening their EL practice.

Support the EL Community Project

Project funding supports monthly and advanced practice community conversations, research into impact, the development of written and video materials and case studies, faculty development and the creation of new training programs.

The EL Community Project welcomes grants to provide core support or to sponsor specific ELCP projects. Contributions can be made online here, or to discuss grant options, please contact Marilyn Darling

The Emergent Learning Community is a project of the 501c3 Global Philanthropy Partnership and is generously supported by:

Annie E. Casey Foundation
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation

California Health Care Foundation
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
Omidyar Network
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Barr Foundation
The California Endowment
The Kresge Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
And generous donations by members of the EL Community

Contact if you’re interested in learning more about providing financial support to the Emergent Learning Community Project.

EL Community Advisory Panel

Laila Bell

Skillman Foundation

Susan Foster

SE Foster Associates

Josh Joseph

Pew Charitable Trusts

Tim Larson

Ross Strategic

Melanie Nowacki

Feeding America

Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar

America’s Promise Alliance

Diana Scearce

Independent Consultant

Project Co-directors

Marilyn Darling

Jillaine Smith

Jim Stiles

EL Community Project Fellows

Yen Chau


Tracy Costigan

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Avery Eenigenburg

Destiny Rescue International

Lori Fuller

Fuller Impact

Rex Fyles

Gender at Work

Brittney Gaspari


Alison Gold

Optimistic Anthropology LLC 

Ray Gordezky

Threshold Associates

Heidi Sparkes Guber

Co-Founder Emeritus, Fourth Quadrant Partners

Veena Pankaj


Natalie Portman Marsh

NPM Consulting, LLC

Administrative Communications and Support

Deanna Sullivan