2024 Fundraising Fellowship

About the Fellowship


Applications for the 2024 C4CS Fundraising Fellowship are now closed. The Fundraising Fellowship is a nine-month leadership program for early to mid-career fundraising professionals and nonprofit executives 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 the cohort will meet virtually monthly to discuss readings, workshop ideas, and discuss the vocation of fundraising. Additionally, fellows will have special access to the Center’s existing online educational opportunities, such as master classes, and be invited to our annual Givers, Doers, & Thinkers Conference.

As an AmPhil Fundraising Fellow, you can expect to enjoy the following:

  • A monthly virtual meet-up with your cohort to discuss selected readings related to philanthropy and civil society.
  • Access to Center for Civil Society online events, including unlimited access to our premium In the Trenches master class series.
  • An assigned expert fundraising mentor. 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 October of 2024. This conference brings together philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and thought leaders.


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Frequently Asked Questions


How do you define “early-to-mid-career” for the purpose of this fellowship?

We view “early-to-mid-career” as capturing most professional fundraisers. Whether you just started your fundraising career or are a director with ten years of experience, we believe this fellowship will serve you well. If you are a chief development officer and more established, we are working on something for you!

What is the anticipated workload for fellows?

Fellows should expect to spend at least a few hours each week doing things such as reading assigned materials, working on their report, meeting with their mentor, and attending the reading group discussion.

How do I apply to be a fellow?

We ask that applicants submit the following:

  • A résumé/CV;
  • An essay, under 1,000 words in length, explaining why the fellowship appeals to you and how your participation will help your nonprofit improve its fundraising operations; and
  • A letter of recommendation from your current supervisor.

What is the deadline to apply?

We have a priority deadline of January 19th and a final deadline of March 4th.

What is the timeline of the fellowship?

The 2024 class will begin the fellowship in April of 2024 and conclude in December.

I still have questions. Whom can I talk to?

The fellowship program is managed by Joe Garecht, the Director of the Center for Civil Society. You can contact him at jgarecht@centerforcivilsociety.org