Can a leader apply if their organization is a grantee of one of the participating funders?

Yes! Being a current grantee of a participating funder does not disqualify a candidate from being selected to join the cohort.

When you say “leaders of color,” who are the leaders whom you are referring to?

It is the intent of this initiative to center the experience of leaders who are Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Indigenous, or represent another racial or ethnic group who has experienced systemic neglect and harm in philanthropic and nonprofit ecosystems.

How will fellows be selected?

Each application will be reviewed by a committee including funders and leaders from North and South Carolina. Applicants will be compared to the leader profile described on the Application page. The committee may decide to interview candidates before selecting the final six leaders for the cohort.

What happens if a leader applies and isn’t selected for the cohort?

The application will be kept in the pool of candidates for future cohorts.

Will leaders have to pay for their travel and lodging for cohort activities that are in person?

No. Expenses related to travel and lodging are covered by the fellowship.

Who is MDC and how are they connected to this fellowship?

ILOC has partnered with MDC, an organization known for its knowledge of the South, its commitment to equity, and experience in moving communities and funders from thought to action to manage the initiative. MDC sits squarely in the crossroad of funders, for-purpose (non-profit) organizations, and community, with strong relationships across those sectors. MDC lead the co-design process with funders and leaders, is responsible for the implementation of the initiative (including the application period), and will facilitate the fellowship’s experience for this inaugural cohort.  For more on MDC and its work visit: www.mdcinc.org

How can I find out more information?

If you have additional questions, please reach out to iloc@mdcinc.org.

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