The details below include information and materials typically needed to apply for

the Institute. This page will be updated prior to our next recruitment cycle.


Before You Apply

  1. Please review the candidate profile prior to completing this application. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in nonprofit development to apply. 

  2. Consider applying for the Bob Mesko Scholarship. We encourage all who meet the criteria to apply! Learn more here.

  3. Carefully review the application details information below and be sure that you have everything ready to include and submit. When uploading attachments, please label with your last name followed by the document title.

  4. Ready to apply? After reviewing all application details and gathering the necessary info, click on the 'Apply Now' button on this page.


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Application Details


Part One | General Contact Information and Resume

  • Contact information
  • Complete details about current and past nonprofit development positions including start and end dates
  • The percentage of time you spend in your current position in the following areas: management and administration, volunteer management, marketing and public relations, development/fundraising 
  • The percentage of time you spend in your current position in the following areas of development: corporate/foundation fundraising, direct mail/annual fund, events, work with individual donors, major gifts, and/or planned gifts
Resume (.pdf file) 

Address the following items and highlight leadership roles:

  • Employment History/Work Experience
  • Volunteer/Community Service Activities 
  • Professional Memberships and Affiliations 
  • Related professional development/academic/educational experience
  • Two personal or professional references who can comment on your strengths as a development professional 


    Part Two | Personal Statement

    Upload your personal statement answering the following questions (up to 3 pages; .pdf file). Remember to number and restate each question.

    In an effort to know you better, we would appreciate your written thoughts about how your participation in the Institute for Leaders in Development might further your personal and professional development. 
     
    1. How do you think participation in this program will make you a more valuable asset to the development professional?
    2. What professional goals would you most like to achieve as a result of your participation in the Institute for Leaders in Development?
    3. What attracts you to the field of nonprofit fund development? 
    4. What are the most significant professional challenges and opportunities that currently impact your work as a development professional?
    5. Share a time when you stepped in as a leader in your organization.

    Number and restate each question with your responses or use the template. 


    Part Three | Participation Form

    Upload a signed ILD Participation Form (Word version) from your CEO, ED or Supervisor (ILD Participation Form

    .pdf file). Please upload the signed form using the document title LAST NAME ILD Participation Form.



    Part Four | Letter of Recommendation

    Upload a letter of recommendation from your CEO, ED or Supervisor (.pdf file).
    Please upload the file using the document title LAST NAME ILD Recommendation Letter.


    Once you've gathered all the materials above, you're ready to apply.



    Applicants for the Class of 2022 - What's next? 


    The Interview Process

    If you are among the finalists selected for an interview for the Class of 2022, you will be notified by email. Finalists will interview with two to three Selection Committee members. Interviews will be conducted virtually on May 11, 13 and 18 between 10am and 3pm. Those not selected for an interview will also be notified via email. 


    Final Selection of Candidates

    Following the interview process, the final selection of candidates will be announced by mid-June. Those not selected will be notified by email.


    Financial Assistant for Rural Nonprofits

    All selected candidates from rural nonprofits will be automatically considered for the travel assistance available thanks to the Anschutz Family Foundation.



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