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Early- to mid-career fundraisers are invited to apply for this nine-month leadership program designed for those looking to grow professionally and intellectually alongside a small group of peers.

Lately, we here at AmPhil and the Center for Civil Society have been asking ourselves an important question: Where do fundraisers go for in-depth and truly meaningful professional development?

Conferences, webinars, and other short-term opportunities are plentiful—and the mentorship and guidance that fundraisers receive from their direct supervisors and others at their organizations is invaluable. But outside of that, there is an obvious lack of substantive and well-organized opportunities for fundraisers seeking to be their best.

This is why we are proud to announce our new AmPhil Fundraising Fellowship. Intended for early-to-mid-career fundraisers, 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.

Members of each cohort will meet virtually on a monthly to discuss readings, workshop ideas, and discuss the vocation of fundraising. Fellows will also have special access to AmPhil’s existing online educational opportunities, including our premier In the Trenches master classes, and will be invited to our annual Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Conference.

AmPhil Fundraising Fellows will enjoy the following benefits:

  • A monthly virtual meeting with your cohort to discuss selected readings related to philanthropy and civil society.
  • Access to AmPhil and Center for Civil Society online events, including unlimited access to our premium In the Trenches master class series.
  • An assigned mentor from the AmPhil consulting staff. In monthly virtual meetings, this expert will guide you as you work on a report that your nonprofit organization can use to improve its fundraising operations.
  • An invitation to publish in our online news and opinion journal, Philanthropy Daily.
  • A ticket to our in-person Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Conference, taking place in Arizona in November of 2023. This conference brings together philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and thought leaders.
  • A special one-day retreat with your cohort of fellows in Arizona the day before the Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Conference.

Our inaugural cohort of fellows will begin in April of 2023, with a priority application deadline of  January 20th. If you are a professional fundraiser who cares deeply about civil society, and you want to be challenged to be your best by us and a group of your peers, we hope you will consider applying for this special opportunity. Those interested can contact Jonathan Hannah, the Center for Civil Society’s director of education, with any questions. More information and application instructions can be found here.

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