Community Philanthropy Fellowship


The Community Philanthropy Fellowship is a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada.

Awarded annually to one community foundation professional, the fellowship offers a sabbatical time where the Fellow can build knowledge, enhance leadership skills, strengthen their organization, and advance the community philanthropy movement.

The Community Philanthropy Fellowship is intended to be an immersive experience, giving fellows the opportunity to step away from their day-to-day work to pursue their own professional and personal development goals.

The 2016 Community Philanthropy Fellow

Staff_AlexDraperAlex Draper, Donor Grants Associate at the Edmonton Community Foundation is the 2016 Community Philanthropy Fellow. He joined the foundation in 2011 to work primarily on student awards and youth leadership programming. In 2013 he transitioned to his current role, acting as a link between donor advised fund-holders, ECF’s granting programs, and the wider community.

Learn more about Alex and his fellowship sabbatical project.

Program Eligibility

The Community Philanthropy Fellowship encourage applications from leaders across the community foundation movement. Our definition of leaders is not limited to Executive Directors or CEOs specifically,but is inclusive of people working in community foundations who demonstrate qualities of leadership in their organization, their community and the community foundation movement.

Specifically, the fellowship is open to paid full-time employees of a community foundation or affiliate organization in good standing (inclusive of community funds and organizations incubating a community foundation).

For more information about the program, please consult the Community Philanthropy Fellowship Backgrounder.

2017 Application & Selection Process

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for the 2017 Community Philanthropy Fellowship. Those that are interested in this opportunity will need to submit an initial expression of interest that outlines their overall plans for the fellowship and confirm that they have the support of their sponsoring community foundation.

The deadline for expressions of interest is September 14, 2016 at 9 pm ET.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee, with invitations extended to up to five short-listed applicants to submit an in-depth proposal. Each of the short-listed applicants will be invited to a panel conversation with the Fellowship Selection Committee, which will make its final decision and announce the 2017 Fellow before the end of the year.

Express interest now