Management Fellows is an advanced professional fellowship program that prepares the next generations of non-profit managers to lead their organizations with confidence. Candidates must be both experienced and promising, and have served in their current roles long enough to have a command of their responsibilities. Fellows include non-profit professionals in development and related fields (alumni affairs, public relations) who are managers. Priority is given to qualified alumni of the DLC Annual Fellows Program. Ten Management Fellows will be admitted to each year’s class. The program meets for ten sessions, September through June, from 6:00–9:00 p.m., one Thursday per month.
Sample session topics: supporting/engaging institutional leaders in development; building, leading and managing a team; institutional strategic planning; implementing a special campaign; and developing a principal gift program.
Esteemed guest speakers have included: Rebecca Girvin-Argon, Associate State Director for Advancement, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; LauraJane Hyde, CEO, Gilda's Club Chicago; Rick King, President, Kittleman & Associates; Chuck Lewis, Life Trustee, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Amherst College and Trustee, University of Chicago; and Michael McPherson, President, The Spencer Foundation.
Program Facilitator ("Oddfellow"): Tom Wick, Vice President of Principal & Major Gifts at Rush University Medical Center, has spent over 30 years in fundraising higher education, human services, and medicine. Before arriving at Rush University in 2018, Wick worked at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College, Macalester College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in positions that ranged from Director of Annual Fund, Director of Development, Associate Vice President of Development, Dean of Development and Alumni Relations, and Senior Vice President. In each role, Wick worked closely with trustees, the president, volunteers, and colleagues to raise the funds, including gifts of $1 million or more, the institution needed to fulfill its mission more effectively. Tom Wick is the founding facilitator of the Management Fellows Program for the Development Leadership Consortium.
Professional CFRE Certified: The Development Leadership Consortium's Management Fellows Program is an approved Continuing Education provider through CFRE International. Full participation in the Management Fellows Program is applicable for 32 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification.
Cost: The fee of $1,200 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.
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For more information, see the Management Fellows Program on http://www.chicagodlc.org.