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The AmPhil Fundraising Fellowship is a nine-month leadership program for fundraising professionals looking to grow professionally and intellectually alongside a small group of peers.

The Center for Civil Society, a project of AmPhil, is proud to announce its inaugural class of AmPhil Fundraising Fellows. The AmPhil Fundraising Fellowship is a nine-month leadership program for fundraising professionals looking to grow professionally and intellectually alongside a small group of peers. Fellows will learn the history of philanthropy in American civil society, explore contemporary issues related to fundraising, and complete a personal project enabling them to bring value to their nonprofit organization. Our inaugural fellowship class is comprised of the following:


Allen Mendenhall is Associate Dean and Grady Rosier Professor in the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University, where he directs the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.


Nicole Cline is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Policy Circle, an organization focused on informing, equipping, and connecting women to be more impactful citizens. She has spent over a decade working in various facets of the public policy space, including in government affairs, public affairs, and electoral politics. Nicole holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Connecticut. She is also a graduate of The Campaign School at Yale University and is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network.


Riley Akre is the Development Coordinator for Voices for the Voiceless. In addition to managing the development and execution of the organization’s fundraising goals, she is a rising national voice on building communities of support for mothers in workplaces, faith communities, and college campuses.


Joshua Sager is the Manager of the Development Database and Direct Response at Turning Point USA. Josh is integral to an over tenfold increase of the number of donors at TPUSA and leads a complex marketing program reaching donors via mail, email, texting, and other cutting edge technologies. Prior his current work, Josh worked for various political campaigns in New York from local to federal levels across the state. Josh is originally from suburban Philadelphia and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Skidmore College.


Paul Milligan works in Lander, Wyoming as the Donor Relations Officer of COR Expeditions, an outreach of Wyoming Catholic College. He worked for COR Expeditions as a missionary guide before stepping into Advancement. He attended Wyoming Catholic College, graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and extensive experience in outdoor leadership and education. In his free time he enjoys the Wyoming outdoors, working out, and making fancy cocktails.


Todd Hester is the founder and president of Yorktown Foundation of Public Policy. Prior to his chartering Yorktown, he was an ordained minister in the PC(USA). Todd holds a B.A. in English from Furman University and an M.Div from Beeson Divinity School.


Rebecca Houghton is a Senior Staff Writer for Institutional Advancement at Hillsdale College. Prior to this role, she taught in a classical Christian K-12 school.  Rebecca earned a B.A. in French from Hillsdale College and attained the B2 DELF Certification in French while studying at the Institut de Touraine.


Fellows are also invited to the Center for Civil Society’s annual Givers, Doers, & Thinkers conference, scheduled to take place in Scottsdale, Arizona this November 7th & 8th. The application process for the 2024 AmPhil Fundraising Fellowship will open this summer. Any inquiries can be sent to Jonathan Hannah, Director of the Center for Civil Society, at jhannah@amphil.com.


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