Annual Fellows Program: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
Application Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019

The Development Leadership Consortium’s Annual Fellows program is a professional development program that helps prepare development officers in the early and intermediate stages of their career in advancement. The program helps to enable participants to have continued success in their ongoing service to the non-profit community.

Qualified Candidates:
Non-profit professionals in development as well as related advancement fields (alumni relations, public relations, donor research, donor stewardship, corporate relations, philanthropy operations, and events) in the early phase of their careers.

The Annual Fellows Program:
Annual Fellows introduces development professionals to the landscape of the philanthropic community by sitting down with senior professionals who represent the variety of views included in philanthropy and its professions: private and public foundations, executive search, board-level volunteers, senior fundraising professionals who work both independently and with institutions, nonprofit marketing firms, and corporate philanthropy. Each class of approximately 15 -18 fellows is led by an established convener, or Oddfellow, with over 15 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management who mentors the group to create a support network of professional peers. The program meets for ten sessions, September through June, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. (subject to change), one evening per month.

About the sessions:
Each two-part session is hosted by one of these professionals, usually at their home institution. The first part of the session features an informal presentation by a host who introduces their institution, their approach and goals in philanthropy (whether as a funder, volunteer or institutional advancement professional), as well as how they came to serve in their current role. A question and answer period follows from the participating fellows, after which the host departs. For the final portion of each session, the group engages in a discussion of topics relating to their own careers, and trends in the non-profit community. Fellows are expected to be active participants in both parts of each session.

Program Facilitator ("Oddfellow"):
Amy Funk, Vice President at Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, brings over two decades of high energy, results-driven leadership in the nonprofit sector to her work with one of the strongest development consulting firms in Chicago. Her background includes extensive board development, recruitment, and capital campaign experience. She has a passion for reinventing processes and has worked in organizations with budgets ranging from $1.2 to $40 million in the performing arts, healthcare and human services fields. Amy began her nonprofit career at Sarasota Opera, serving as Campaign Manager for the public phase of their $20 million capital campaign. Amy also helped oversee a $12 million capital campaign at Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter (now JourneyCare) while running their annual giving program. As the Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, she crafted the initial roll out of a $4 million capital campaign for the Sage Y. Amy eventually returned to the performing arts sector at Florida Grand Opera, where she was recruited to build a development team from the ground up. Before joining TWB, she served as the Chief Development Director at Have Dreams, an autism resource organization. Amy has facilitated the Annual Fellows program since 2017, and is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The fee of $400 for each participant covers all expenses (except transportation). The DLC provides a limited number of scholarships based on demonstrated need and availability of scholarship funding.

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted for 2019-20 through May 31, 2019. We will respond to all applications with decisions by July 31, 2019.

The Development Leadership Consortium advocates for, and nurtures, a community of philanthropy that is representative of the world in which we live and serve, and is committed to diversity as it relates to race, gender identity, class, age, ethnicity, religion, LGBTQ+ status, and/or disability. In alignment with this value, we seek to secure an inclusive programming pool, and are interested in receiving a broad spectrum of candidates with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, experiences, and philanthropic passions from a wide representation of organizations.

Please note all demographic questions below are entirely optional and collected in an effort to live our diversity and equity statement to the fullest. For questions on how this information is used, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

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Name *
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Your current employer and title: *
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Approximate size of your organization: *
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Briefly describe your primary role at your organization: *
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How much experience do you have working in development/fundraising? *
How many staff work in your organizations development/advancement department? *
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What is your organization’s mission/cause? *
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Why are you interested in participating in the DLC? *
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Why is this the right time for you to enroll? *
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Our attendance policy is that participants should not miss more than two sessions. Is there anything that would keep you from preparing for each session and attending monthly sessions? If so, what? *
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The fee for the program is $400. Please let us know how you plan to pay for the course: through your employer, paying yourself, or any other extenuating circumstances. *
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Are you requesting scholarship consideration? *
The Clyde Watkins Scholarship (covering 50% of tuition) is available for a limited number of applicants from smaller non-profits that are not able to support the tuition.
What qualities will you bring to the DLC community and how will you utilize this professional network as an alumna/us? *
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How did you hear about the DLC program? Please mention any referrals from DLC alumni. *
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Please list one reference that knows you in relation to your development career. *
Please include name, title, organization, and contact email or phone.
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Have you previously applied to the Annual Fellows program? *
In addition to this questionnaire, we require you send your updated resume to Annual Fellows DLC Board Liaisons via *
Please specify program/year followed by first name initial and last name (e.g. "AFP 18-19 - J.Doe Resume").
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