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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, complete a written paper (up to 10 pages) 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 and have contributed to:

  • successful campaigns
  • establishing a major gifts program
  • giving strategies
  • gift planning, blended gifts
  • addressing challenges within our sector
  • community-centered fundraising strategies
  • development planning for small shops, and more!

In addition, alumni have presented their capstone projects at local, regional, and national conferences, including:

  •     Andrea Pacheco, ILD '21, AFP Colorado Chapter RMPI Conference, Institute for Leaders in Development
  •     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

“...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

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Institute for Leaders in Development
at University of Denver

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2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208


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