Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship

The Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship offers inclusion-oriented education, training and networking activities and one-on-one mentorship for Central Virginia-based mid-level and emerging (2- 5 year range) nonprofit professionals representing a wide range of diverse backgrounds and interests. The goal of this program is to build a pipeline of fundraising leaders that reflect the diversity of our communities and develop practices that make a more just, equitable, and holistic Richmond fundraising community.

This program is open to individuals who come from a diverse background. The state of being diverse means having the broadest possible representation of individuals, experiences, and perspectives in all-encompassing terms. For the purpose of this program we define diverse as a concept encompassing, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or identity, religion, nationality, economic class, language, and physical mobility and ability.

Program Components:
Over the course of the program, each Fellow will receive the following:

  • Complimentary one-year membership to AFP
  • Complimentary one-year membership to VAFRE
  • Full scholarships to Virginia Fund Raising Institute Conference (2-day) and local National Philanthropy Day
  • Inclusion oriented professional development
  • One-on-one senior level mentorship
  • Opportunity to develop organizational/fundraising policies and practices on diversity and inclusion

Program Topics:
The following topics will be covered during monthly Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship meetings:

  • Shifting the Fundraising Narrative from Donor-Centered to Community-Centered
  • Equity in Language
  • Personal Leadership
  • Board Partnership
  • Culture of Philanthropy with Equity Lens
  • Partnership with Programs
  • Networking

Program Expectations:
Successful participation with the program requires:

  • 1 full day of classroom participation per month (May 2021- January 2022)
  • 1 – 2 hours per month with your mentor
Successful participation with the program encourages:

  • Attendance at bi-monthly AFP meetings
  • Attendance at monthly VAFRE meetings
  • Attendance at National Philanthropy Day (November 2021)
  • Attendance at VFRI 2-day conference (July 2021)

Program Dates:

Fellows will meet for a full day on the following dates:

  • May 14, 2021
  • June 11, 2021
  • July 9, 2021
  • August 13, 2021
  • September 10, 2021
  • October 8, 2021
  • November 12, 2021
  • December 10, 2021
  • January 14, 2022

Application Deadline:
Please submit your PDF application and supplemental documents
to The application deadline is February 26, 2021. Applicants will be notified via email no later than March 12, 2021.

Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship Planning Committee Members:

  • Jessica Cocciolone, Chief Development Officer, Elk Hill
  • Nadia Gooray, Director of Equity and External Affairs, YWCA
  • Sara Higgins, Director of Development, Shalom Farms
  • Salathia Johnson, Director of Grants and Data Management, YWCA
  • Nicole Jones, Deputy Director, ART 180
  • Amanda Macdonald, Consultant, The Monument Group
  • Jessica Wells, Director of Development, Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship Virtual Open House:
Interested in applying? Consider joining us at an informal, virtual Open House to meet with graduates from the inaugural cohort of the Inclusive Fundraising Fellowship as well as members of the Planning Committee. This will be a time to ask questions and learn more about the program!

If you are interested in attending one of our open houses, please register below. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom meeting information:

Date: Friday, January 29th
Time: 11:30-12:30pm

Date: Tuesday, February 16th
Time: 11:30-12:30pm