The Institute for Leaders in Development, a program of University College at the University of Denver, is a new professional advancement opportunity for fundraising professionals. This innovative program evolved from discussion convened by the Foundation to address current challenges in nonprofit fundraising. The program is sponsored by a partnership of volunteer presenters and mentors, foundation funders, the Colorado Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, and the University of Denver.
The year-long program includes both individual mentoring and a core curriculum. Each program participant is paired with a primary development mentor and has access to a pool of mentors representing the full range of development skills. Participants also attend monthly seminar sessions focused on the fundamental components of development work: board and CEO relationships, the development office, the donor relationship, nonprofit finance, fundraising ethics, and personal style and communication skills. Each participant also completes a capstone project.
A nomination panel identified potential candidates from nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado. Successful candidates bring a minimum of three years experience in fund development, show promise of becoming a leader in the development field, and have potential to be a strong role model for other development professionals.
The goal of the Institute for Leaders in Development is to advance the field of nonprofit development and build a pipeline of fundraising professionals for Colorado nonprofit organizations.