Management Fellows: Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Application Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019

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.

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.

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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Email address *
Name *
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Your current employer and title: *
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Your phone number: *
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Approximate size of your organization: *
Sector of your organization: *
Geographic coverage of your organization: *
How many years experience do you have working in development/fundraising? *
Briefly describe your primary role at your organization: *
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Do you now, or have you in the past, managed anyone? If yes, please describe this experience. *
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How many staff work in your organization’s 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 $1,200. 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 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 completed the DLC Annual Fellows program? *
Have you previously applied for the DLC Management Fellows program? *
In addition to this questionnaire, we require you send your updated resume to Management Fellows DLC Board Liaisons via *
Please specify program/year followed by first name initial and last name (e.g. "MFP 18-19 - J.Doe Resume").
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