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Cultivating Emerging Philanthropic Leaders


Cultivating Emerging Philanthropic Leaders

Publication Date: 
February, 2008
North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Foundations of varying types, sizes, geographic concentrations, and issue emphases increasingly incorporate younger workers into their grantmaking staff through a number of models. One such model is through time-limited, entry-level fellowship positions. The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and The Duke Endowment each offer two fellowship positions. Another foundation—the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust—recently created two assistant research positions intended as two-year fellowships with similar objectives.  

According to a recent survey conducted by the Emerging Leaders Working Group of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, the most important contributions that these young professionals bring to philanthropic organizations are fresh perspective and renewed energy. Fellowship programs offer a viable means of infusing these elements into North Carolina philanthropy and nurturing the next generation of field leaders. What fellows get in return is exposure to philanthropy, nonprofits, and professional development. 
This document is intended for North Carolina grantmakers who wish to learn more about the success of existing fellowship programs at peer foundations and to explore the feasibility of starting a fellowship program at their own philanthropic organizations.