Philanthropy Education Program (PEP)

2019 PEP Dinner with the Dean!

The Philanthropy Education Program (PEP) is sponsored by the Development Office at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and focuses on educating and training students on the basics of development such as fundraising, donor cultivation, event planning, and stewardship. A yearlong learning experience, students will have multiple opportunities to acquire development-related skills and engage with the development team, local development professionals, donors, Dean Zayas, and Steve Hicks faculty and staff.

PEP aims to help students feel comfortable and competent speaking about development and taking on development roles in their future social work careers. This is particularly relevant as many alumni work in the nonprofit area.

Open to ALL students at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work: BSWs, MSSWs, and PhDs. Applications for 2019-2020 have closed.

Click HERE for the 2019-2020 schedule! This will help give you an idea of the time commitment and experiences offered through this student organization.

Stipends and Time Commitment:
Steve Hicks understands the importance of philanthropy education and has allotted money for the future of the program. There will be stipends available to members of PEP after successful completion of the program. Click HERE for more details regarding the program and time commitment expectations.

Contact Us: 
The PEP year begins every fall and continues through the spring.  If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Pippa Mason at, or stop by the Development Office at 3.106H.