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Future Executive Directors Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Program Schedule:

The Program Schedule can be found here.

Program Cost:

The Future Executive Directors Fellowship is made possible by American Express and Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman CPAs. The program is open to Roundtable Members at the cost of $350. The cost to Fellows from non-member organizations is $700. Payment will be required within two weeks of acceptance into the program.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.


In July 2008, we announced the inaugural class of 25 emerging leaders in the Nonprofit Roundtable’s Future Executive Directors Fellowship. It was the first program of this focus and intensity to be offered to emerging nonprofit leaders who aspire to the nonprofit executive director position. We launched a second class of 25 Fellows in 2010. 

The Fellows participated in an intensive program designed to prepare them for executive directorships, diving deep into fundraising, communications, human resources, financial management, negotiating effectively, building partnerships, and achieving work/life balance.  Fellows were exposed to a rich network of mentors, colleagues, faculty, and current nonprofit executive directors to help them develop as leaders. Their mentors were all current or former executive directors who candidly shared their real-life experiences in leading organizations in the Greater Washington Area.

The program was launched on the heels of Meyer Foundation’s 2008 report, Ready to Lead, which showed that one-third of emerging nonprofit leaders have aspirations of becoming executive directors, 40 percent of which said that they would be ready within five years. But what we’ve seen is that our Fellows are ready now. Outcomes from the 2008 & 2010 Fellowships include:   

  • 9 of the 2008 Fellows now lead organizations that together serve 17,000 clients, employ 332 staff members and have combined budget of $23.8 million.
  • Among the 73 fellows who participated in our fellowships, 16 have since assumed positions as Executive Directors.
  • 100 percent of the fellows developed and achieved a personal leadership goal during the Fellowship.
  • One fellow saved their organization at least $300,000 through their stretch assignment completed during the fellowship.
  • Several fellows became Board members of local nonprofits.
  • Several fellows are now working on advocacy projects; working to increase the living wage, improve language access services in healthcare settings, and increase the availability of affordable housing.
  • Each class of fellows cultivated a robust support network for each other, which has carried with the fellows for years beyond the program itself.
View the 2014 Fellows here
View the 2012 Fellows here
View the 2010 Fellows here.
View the 2008 Fellows here.
View a blog post from a 2008 Fellow here.  

Future Executive Directors Fellows Impact:

The three Future Executive Directors Fellowship alumni cohorts are all committed to serving local organizations and moving our communities forward. 16 out of our 73 Fellows are now Executive Directors who manage an annual cumulative budget of $33,146,000, serve over 94,000 people in our communities, manage more than 6,500 volunteers, and oversee a total of 450 employees.

Advisory Committee:

View the 2012-2013 Future Executive Directors Advisory Committee here.

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