Institute for Leaders in Development

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.

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