Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program

Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program

Program Overview

The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program is a dynamic eight-month experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the metro Richmond area. In this engaging program, participants will have the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of their leadership capacity, advance their understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector, and strengthen their network of nonprofit colleagues. Now in its tenth year of operation, the program has demonstrated measurable results, building a cadre of talented leaders for the future of our community.

2018-2019 Cohort 12 Information Sessions

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an info session prior to submitting materials. We encourage you to bring the leader at your organization who will be supporting your application (ED/CEO, Board Chair). All sessions will take place at the TCF office at 7501 Boulder View Drive, Suite 105, Richmond, VA 23225.

Please register for a session through the ConnectVA Learning Center.

  • May 30, 12pm-1pm
  • June 20, 9am-10am
  • July 11, 5pm-6pm
  • August 1, 12pm-1pm

2018-2019 Year Program Dates

Barring emergency, participants MUST be available for the following program dates. Attendance is critical to the transformative learning process.

  • Opening Day: October 18
  • Team Building Day: October 19
  • Overnight Retreat: November 15 & 16
  • January Session: January 17
  • February Session: February 21
  • March Session: March 21
  • April Session: April 18
  • May Session: May 16
  • Graduation: June 20

2018-2019 Application

Complete applications with all supplementary materials are due by TBD. Decisions will be sent by TBD.

Online Application

Please note: when using the application system, it is extremely important to let your nominator know that an email will be sent to them directly from the system to upload their letter and complete their portion of your application. This email often goes directly to Clutter, Junk, or Spam folders. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have their nominator complete their portion of the application, by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Program Highlights

In addition to participating in engaging sessions on topics including strategic leadership, organizational change, collaboration, and coaching others, participants will also have the opportunity to:

  • Experience team building through a rigorous and challenging outdoor course setting
  • Develop relationships with other nonprofit leaders
  • Increase awareness of their leadership through a thorough assessment process, including 360-degree feedback and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step II
  • Benefit from individual leadership coaching, provided by professionals with experience in leadership development and nonprofit management
  • Network between sessions by engaging in dialogue with the other participants and instructors
  • Interact with five local exemplary Executives-in-Residence in a forum where they share their experiences and perspectives

Selection Criterion

This program is for nonprofit leaders who:

  • Are currently employed full-time by a nonprofit in the greater Richmond area.
  • Have the potential to make a significant future contribution to the nonprofit community through assuming higher and increased levels of leadership
  • Show substantive history of involvement in the nonprofit sector through employment, volunteerism, or board service
  • Have supervisory and budgetary experience and responsibility
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development, continuing education, and life long learning

Commitment and Cost

Participants and their organizations are expected to make a significant commitment to developing leadership capacity through:

  • Attendance at all sessions
  • Commitment to approximately four hours each month outside of the group sessions for individual leadership coaching sessions, online dialogue with program participants, completing assessment materials, and reading articles
  • Full participation in program evaluation
  • Interest in being a part of an ongoing alumni network
  • In addition, organizational leaders must be fully invested in the participants.
  • The full cost of the 2017-2018 program is $1500 per participant.
  • Multiple scholarships, funded by ENLP alumni, are available. A full scholarship, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), is available for one  community development professional. Please see application details to learn how to apply.
  • Only one application per organization will be accepted. It is up to each organization to decide which candidate to endorse.