Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship

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Meet the 2017 -2018 Cohort

The Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship is 10-month peer cohort program for senior executives who are responsible for developing and guiding key change efforts in their organizations.

Program participants will explore what it takes to lead transformational change through an individual, organizational and ecosystem lens. Participants will convene in-person and virtually with one another to learn, share resources and apply insights to their work in real-time.

Have question? Watch the informational webinar below to learn more about the fellowship and hear directly from cohort participants and program facilitators. Additional questions? Contact Stephanie Chan (202-355-9535) or Heather Peeler (202-355-9537).

Why is GEO leading this cohort?

This fellowship program is part of Grantmakers for Effective Organization’s larger Leading Change in Philanthropy initiative and is a response to requests from executives to have more support, resources and guidance on how they can lead organizational change efforts. In addition to creating a supportive community where executives have the assistance and guidance they need, the program also helps participants identify best practices and recommendations for creating organizational conditions that support nonprofit success.

With this fellowship, our goals are to:

  1. Create a supportive community where executives have candid conversations and learn with one another about leading change within organizations to support nonprofit success.
  2. Increase participants’ knowledge, skills and efficacy for implementing and guiding organizational change.
  3. Identify best practices and recommendations for creating organizational conditions that lead to smarter grantmaking. These practices, informed by fellows’ experiences and related research, will be shared broadly with the field to support other leaders and build greater knowledge of leading change in philanthropy.

Who is eligible to participate?

Eligible participants in the Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship are senior executives who:

  • Work at grantmaking organizations that are GEO members,
  • Report directly to the CEO, and
  • Are responsible for leading and/or supporting change in their organizations.

Preference is for only one participant from each organization, but we are open to having two or more participants from one organization if all fit the criteria above and are working together on a change project at their organization.

What are the time commitment and participant expectations?

Because learning communities rely on the active participation of its members, we expect all participants to remain consistently engaged with the program. Participants must make the following commitments:

  • Two three-day, two-night retreats. One of these retreats will be Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 19 at the start of the program, and the other will be in May 2018 at the program’s close.
  • Attendance at GEO’s Leading Change conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 13 and 14.
  • A 2-day, 1-night mid-point retreat on November 14 and 15 following the Leading Change conference.
  • An estimated 3-4 hours a month, which includes preparation for and participation in monthly 90-minute videoconference calls.
  • Occasional one-on-one check-in calls with the program facilitators.
  • Occasional interaction and discussion with colleagues as needed.
  • Proactive and engaged participation throughout the fellowship that advances group learning and ensures the fellowship meets individual and collective expectations and needs.

What is the fee for the program?

For members with an annual grantmaking budget greater than $25 million in grants, price of participation per person is $6,250, which includes the $750 registration fee for the Leading Change conference. For members with an annual grantmaking budget of less than $25 million in grants, price of participation is $3,750, which includes the $750 registration fee for the Leading Change conference.

In order to remove prohibitive barriers to participation and assemble a more inclusive cohort, GEO may be able to offer a modest scholarship to a handful of fellowship participants. Answering the question below will not affect acceptance into the Fellowship. Though we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet every need, we will work to do as much as we can for all accepted participants.

Please indicate how much of a scholarship (up to a maximum of $1,500) you would need and what barriers the scholarship would remove. If you are able to afford the full cost of this program, please leave this question blank.

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