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Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program

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Program Overview

The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program is a dynamic nine-month experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the Greater Richmond region. In this engaging program, participants will have the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of their leadership capacity, advance their understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector, and strengthen their network of nonprofit colleagues. The program has demonstrated measurable results, building a cadre of over 200 talented leaders for the future of our local community for the past 13 years.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session prior to submitting materials. We encourage you to bring the leader at your organization who will be supporting your application (ED/CEO, Board Chair). All sessions will take place at the Community Foundation office at 3409 Moore St., Richmond, VA 23230.

Please register for a 2019-2020 Information Session through the ConnectVA Learning CenterApplications for the 2019-2020 cohort will open May 31, 2019 – see below for application details.

  • June 4, 5pm-6pm
  • July 10, 12pm-1pm
  • July 24, 12pm-1pm
  • August 6, 9am-10am

Please feel free to contact Kenisha Fallen for questions or for additional information.

Kenisha Fallen
(804) 409-5645

2019-2020 Year Program Dates

Barring emergency, participants MUST be available for the following program dates. Attendance is critical to the transformative learning process.

All activities run from 9am to 4pm at the Community Foundation, unless otherwise noted.

  • Opening Session: October 16 (2-6pm)
  • Team Building Days: October 17 & 18 (at Maymont)
  • Overnight Retreat: November 14 & 15 (at Shalom House)
  • January Session: January 22
  • February Session: February 19
  • March Session: March 18
  • April Session: April 15
  • May Session: May 20
  • Graduation: June 10 (date/time/location TBA)

2019-2020 Application

The online application will open May 31, 2019.  Complete applications with all supplementary materials are due by 5pm August 13, 2019.  Decisions will be sent by 5pm September 20, 2019.

New applicant instructions:

  • create account with Online Application link (below)
  • sign in
  • find “2019-2020 ENLP Application”
  • click the blue “Apply” button to start application

Returning applicant instructions:

  • click Online Application link (below)
  • sign in
  • click “Apply” button at top of screen (white)
  • find “2019-2020 ENLP Application”
  • click the blue “Apply” button to start application.

Online Application

Please note: when using the application system, it is extremely important to let your nominator know that an email will be sent to them directly from the system to upload their letter and complete their portion of your application. This email often goes directly to Clutter, Junk, or Spam folders. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have their nominator complete their portion of the application, by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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Program Highlights

In addition to participating in engaging sessions on topics including strategic leadership, organizational change, collaboration, and coaching others, participants will also have the opportunity to:

    • Experience team building through rigorous and challenging activities in an outdoor setting
    • Develop deep relationships with other nonprofit leaders
    • Participate in a live nonprofit case study
    • Increase awareness of their leadership through a thorough assessment process, including 360-degree feedback and the Birkman Method Assessment
    • Benefit from individual leadership coaching, provided by professionals with experience in leadership development and nonprofit management
    • Network between sessions by engaging in dialogue with the other participants and instructors
    • Interact with five local exemplary Executives-in-Residence in a forum where they share their experiences and perspectives
    • Participate in Small Peer Practice groups led by ENLP Alumni
    • Have access to a supportive online cohort-based e-learning platform.

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Selection Criterion

This program is for nonprofit leaders who:

  • Are currently employed full-time by a nonprofit in the greater Richmond area
  • Have the potential to make a significant future contribution to the nonprofit community through assuming higher and increased levels of leadership
  • Show substantive history of involvement in the nonprofit sector through employment, volunteerism, or board service
  • Have supervisory and budgetary experience and responsibility
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development, continuing education, and life long learning.

Commitment and Cost

Participants and their organizations are expected to make a significant commitment to developing leadership capacity through:

  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Commitment to approximately five hours each month outside of the group sessions for individual leadership coaching sessions, peer practice groups, completing assessment materials, and completing required homework and session prep, including but not limited to: articles, books, videos, interviews, and research
  • Full participation in program evaluation
  • Interest in being a part of an ongoing alumni network
  • In addition, organizational leaders must be fully invested in the participants.
  • The full cost of the 2019-2020 program is $1500 per participant
  • Multiple scholarships, funded by ENLP alumni, are available. A full scholarship, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), is available for one  community development professional – please see application details to learn how to apply
  • Only one application per organization will be accepted. It is up to each organization to decide which candidate to endorse.