Elise Eplan

Elise Eplan is the founder and principal of The Eplan Group, a consulting firm that specializes in advising philanthropic organizations. We help individuals and families turn philanthropic ideas and aspirations into strategic action.  Drawing on our years of experience in philanthropic and nonprofit management, we guide clients through a range of issues and decisions that are critical to ensuring their philanthropy at all stages remains focused, effective, and aligned with their personal goals.

Prior to her founding The Eplan Group, Elise was vice president for Special Initiatives at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which was created by the co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons. The Foundation has granted more than $250 million since it was launched in 1995. As one of the Foundation’s first two staff members, Elise led the trustees in developing the vision, direction and processes for the Foundation. Over a period of 11 years, she oversaw over $100 million of discretionary grantmaking for the trustees and more than $15 million in Foundation grants for parks and greenspace in Atlanta. Prior to this, Elise was the director of The America Project, an urban anti-poverty initiative undertaken by The Carter Center in the 1990s. During this time, she explored promising initiatives that were undertaken in other cities and disseminated information about lessons learned by The Atlanta Project.

Elise was the founding president of Hands On Atlanta, a community service organization, which places over 30,000 volunteers annually.  She now serves on its Advisory Board. Elise also serves on the Board of Visitors at Emory University, the Advisory Board for the Oglethorpe University Center for Civic Engagement and the Board of the Fugees Family, a soccer-based program for refugee children.  Elise was president of the Atlanta chapter of The American Jewish Committee from 2003 to 2005 and has been an active board member with the organization, notably with its Black-Jewish Coalition.

Elise received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Brandeis University and her Masters degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.

Elise Eplan Founder & Principal - The Eplan Group

Elise Eplan

Founder & Principal - The Eplan Group

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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