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Capstone Project

Each ILD participant completes a capstone project during the year and presents that project to a panel of local experts during the last class session. Participants select their own capstone topic and design a presentation based on personal career goals or current professional challenges at their organization.

Capstone projects have been implemented in organizations throughout Colorado contributing to:

  • successful campaigns,
  • giving strategies,
  • addressing challenges within our sector,
  • community-centered fundraising strategies, and more.

Alumni have presented their work at local, regional, and national conferences. 


  • Rebekah Gans, ILD '19, National Association of Charitable Gift Planners Conference
  • Katy Kotlarczyk, ILD '15, National Conference on Philanthropic Planning
  • Allison Krebs, ILD'13, AFP Colorado Chapter RMPI Conference 
  • Rachel Rooney, ILD Seasonal Session Speaker

“...I used my capstone to create a corporate giving program along with donor recognition packages. From the capstone meetings with fundraising experts, I learned so much about this role. I do not know how long it would have taken me to get to this point without ILD.” --ILD Participant

Class of 2017

University Hall | University of Denver | Spring 2017

Institute for Leaders in Development at University of Denver | University Hall 301 2197 S. University Blvd. Denver Colorado 80208 | ildcolorado@gmail.com 

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