Livingston Fellowship Program
The Livingston Fellowship Program provides advanced learning opportunities to promising nonprofit leaders who hold significant leadership roles in Colorado’s nonprofit sector. This innovative professional development program reflects our belief that no investment in the tangible assets of a nonprofit organization can equal an investment in its greatest asset—its leaders.
The Program is named in honor of Johnston R. Livingston, a long-time Trustee, Chairman and later Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation. John passed away in September 2008, but his passion for innovation, entrepreneurism, and creativity continues to inspire each class of Livingston Fellows.
Fellows are selected on the basis of exceptional leadership ability, promise for significant and unique contributions to the nonprofit sector, and the potential for the Fellowship experience to enable them to move from “success to significance” as leaders of people, organizations and the nonprofit sector.
Livingston Fellows receive awards of $25,000 to enhance their leadership skills through formal and informal professional advancement activities. A core aspect of the program is that each fellowship plan is unique – developed by the Fellow with guidance from the Foundation and their peer Fellows – allowing it to respond to specific leadership development needs. Since the inception of the Fellowship Program, nonprofit leaders have traveled nationally and internationally, attended elite academic programs, met with prominent leaders in their fields, and worked to cultivate their creativity and innovation. Over time, the cohort of Alumni Livingston Fellows has become strong, and so has the peer support, learning, and connections within this elite group, inspiring these leaders to continue imagining, creating, and engaging.
Candidates for the Program are identified through a nomination process, reviewed by a panel of community leaders, interviewed by an independent consultant, and finally selected by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Due to the nature of the process, self-nominations are not accepted.
Meet the 2017 Livingston Fellows
Celebration of Leadership
In 2016, the Foundation introduced a Celebration of Leadership where senior Fellows Christine Marquez-Hudson, Carl Clark, and Mike Yankovich sat down for a conversation on leadership with Lt. Governor Donna Lynne.
Recent Blog Posts: Fellows
By Lisa Brown, Livingston Fellow, Class of 2014 Lisa Brown, 2014 Fellow and CEO of Northwest Colorado Health in Steamboat Springs recently completed the activities related to her Livingston Fellowship Plan. The Plan is a [...]
By Erica Boniface, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Staff The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Livingston Fellowship Program has seen some of Colorado’s best leaders over the years. Each Fellow follows their own unique path to leadership and creates positive impacts [...]
By Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Staff In his teen years, Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo joined what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver’s north side. After facing a possible 48 years in prison, he has dedicated [...]
By Stephanie Villafuerte, Livingston Fellow 2015 As part of my Livingston Fellowship activities, I decided that I wanted to learn how to cook. This originated from the bigger idea of exploring how to create balance [...]