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American Express NGen Fellows Program

Recognizing that the leaders we need tomorrow are making important contributions today, Independent Sector introduced the American Express NGen Fellows Program to elevate, cultivate, and develop leaders age 40 and under at IS member organizations.

The Fellows program is a cornerstone of NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now, a leadership development initiative that builds the capacity of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders age 40 and under to have significant impact on society's toughest challenges.


Who are the Fellows?

American Express NGen Fellows are a diverse cohort of emerging leaders age 40 and under from Independent Sector member organizations who are selected to participate in a twelve month comprehensive program that develops their capacity to lead in turbulent times, strengthens their professional networks, and elevates their accomplishments on a national level.

The Fellows program began in 2009 and has selected twelve fellows each year (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013). During the twelve month program, these accomplished and innovative leaders build personal and professional networks, learn adaptive leadership skills, and impact the sector through work on a collaborative project. Fellows engage with other talented emerging leaders, interact with established sector leaders, and contribute to Independent Sector's work on nonprofit impact and leadership.

Each cohort of Fellows participates in the following program components:

  • Networking and learning at the Independent Sector National Conference and NGen Pre-Conference;
  • In-person workshops in Washington, DC focusing on group-building and adaptive leadership;
  • Conference calls throughout the year that build relationships and explore adaptive leadership; and
  • A collaborative project that highlights issues of concern to next generation leaders and draws on the talents and experiences of the group.

How are Fellows Selected?

American Express NGen Fellows are selected from diverse and talented staff age 40 and under at Independent Sector member organizations. Applications for the 2014 cohort are open from April 14, 2014 through June 2, 2014.  Applicants must be a member of an IS member organization at the time of application, complete three short essay questions and have a reference submit a letter of support.

Applicants are evaluated against the selection criteria by a committee comprised of emerging and established leaders of IS member organizations. Those selected will be contacted to confirm their participation in the program, and those not selected will also be notified.

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