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.
Meet the 2019 Livingston Fellows
2018 Celebration of Leadership Keynote Address
At our 2018 Celebration of Leadership, our keynote speaker was Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, President & CEO of the Deaconess Foundation.
2016 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 Erica Boniface It's a new year, with a new governor leading the way for Colorado. We give Gov. Jared Polis a big welcome, but with that hearty hello, we also wave, shake [...]
By Erica Boniface We had a good chuckle when we recently checked in with 2010 Livingston Fellow, Erin Pulling. The new CEO of Food Bank for the Rockies recently had an encounter with one of [...]
By Teva Sienicki, Livingston Fellow, Class of 2015 Since moving to a new organization, I’ve transitioned from anti-poverty work more broadly to anti-hunger work more specifically. I’ve been glad to be able to [...]
By Erica Boniface Some people just have it. You know what we’re talking about – they have that spark, that drive, that creativity – that hunger to reach further and further. The ones [...]
Since 2005, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s nomination process for the Livingston Fellowship Program has annually reached out to a broad group of community and civic leaders, including Fellows themselves, to provide nominations of dynamic nonprofit [...]
By Erica Boniface, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation It’s always so fascinating to catch up and reminisce with Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellows. Not just to hear what they have to say about the Fellowship program, but [...]
By Michael Henry, Livingston Fellow, Class of 2017 Note: The following depicts one day of a week-long solo mountain-bike trip I took last August 2017. My goal was to ride at least half [...]
By Erica Boniface, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Staff When 2016 Livingston Fellow Michael Niyompong describes how he began his work as Chief Operating Officer at Clayton Early Learning, he says, “It was love at first [...]