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2017 IFP on Community Philanthropy Eligibility and Selection

Eligibiity and selection
  • Program open to community philanthropy practitioners and researchers in the US and overseas.
  • Requirements:
    • Strong institutional base at a community foundation, place-based grantmaker or community philanthropy support organization
    • Ability to implement research recommendations
    • 3-5 years minimum  of experience in the nonprofit/NGO/grantmaking field
    • TOEFL scores or equivalent from those whose education was in a language other than English.  (Alternately, you may provide documentation of your facility with the English language within your professional sphere would be acceptable.
    • College or university degree and strong spoken and written English language skills
  • Top-ranking applicants may be offered an award to participate on one of the following bases:  full-award; partial award; or tuition. 
  • Preference given to candidates 1) affiliated with a community foundation, local grantmaker or initiatives to support the development of community philanthropy organizations and practice, and 2) who illustrate in their proposals a clear interest in furthering the work of community foundations and strengthening the local culture of philanthropy.
  • A select number of full fellowship awards are available. (See “Award” below).  These are earmarked for citizens of countries other than the United States or for United States citizens from communities under-represented in the grantmaking sector.  All other selected applicants will be admitted on a tuition or partial award basis as described below.
  • Candidates affiliated with other philanthropy sector institutions who submit proposals on current trends and practices in philanthropy (other than community foundations) may apply for consideration on a tuition basis or for participants with financial support from external sources, e.g. individual or institutional sponsors.  Please indicate in your personal statement that you are interested in participating on a tuition basis or with financial support from your home institution.
  • Participation on a tuition basis or with financial support from individual or institutional sponsors is open to all, regardless of country of origin or residence. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements detailed above to be considered for participation on a tuition or sponsorship basis. For further details, please send an e-mail request to the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
  • The selection of program participants will be made by the Center with the help of a committee of leaders from the Third Sector.
  • Full fellowship awards cover the costs of tuition, single-room dormitory accommodations with shared facilities at International House (adjacent to Columbia University) in Manhattan, medical insurance, program materials, local meetings, local travel and other selected program-related costs.
  • Tuition-based or institutionally-supported appointments may also be made, pending approval by the selection committee.
Online application form