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Cohort members are required to attend orientation, the fall retreat, as well as monthly courses. Each participant will review and sign a participation agreement before beginning ILD.

The ILD class meets monthly from September through May for a full-day session. (Note: This may shift from year to year, depending on holidays, etc.) Additional special events include the orientation and kick-off retreat in late August/early September as well as capstone presentations and graduation in May. Participants will also meet monthly with their mentor. One or more seasonal sessions may be held throughout the year. These are optional and typically take place over breakfast or lunch.

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2023 - 2024 Schedule

September Leadership Development Retreat + Kickoff Reception
September 19 - 20, 2023
Plan on two full days of programming. Day one will be followed by a happy hour with your classmates. Day two will be followed by a kick-off reception with the ILD community. The final schedule for these two days along with orientation coming soon. See dates below for the remainder of the year.

Monthly Classes (meet from 8:45am - 4pm)

The year begins with the fall retreat (date above)
Friday, October 20, 2023
Friday, November 3, 2023
Friday, December 1, 2023
Friday, January 26, 2024
Friday, February 23, 2024
Friday, March 15, 2024
Friday, April 26, 2024

Monday, May 6, 2024 | Capstone Presentations
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | Graduation Celebration & Reception

Curriculum & Topics

Classes are taught by experienced development professionals. The curriculum focuses on teaching development and relationship-building skills within a leadership context. The curriculum is relevant to organizations of all sizes, settings, and missions. Read highlights from the year

Topics include: 

  • Leadership Principles and Practice
  • Leading with an Equity Lens
  • Community-Centered Fundraising
  • The History of Philanthropy in the US
  • The Development Plan
  • Discovery and Donor Conversations
  • Gift Planning
  • Development Culture and Management
  • Major Gifts
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Endowments and Capital Campaigns
  • Ethics
  • Donor Stewardship
  • Working with Donors of Color

These topics are presented by a phenomenal team of faculty and guest speakers. Faculty list

2022 - 2023 Schedule*

*We anticipate offering courses in-person at University of Denver and will keep class members and volunteers updated on relevant guidelines and procedures.

Online Orientation

September Leadership Development Retreat + Kickoff Reception
Wednesday | September 7, 2022 (special schedule)
Thursday | September 8, 2022 (special schedule)

Monthly Classes (meet from 9am - 4pm)

Friday, October 7, 2022
Friday, November 4, 2022
Friday, December 2, 2022
Friday, January 27, 2023
Friday, February 24, 2023
Friday, March 17, 2023
Friday, April 28, 2023
Capstone Presentation Day: Friday, May 5, 2023
Graduation Celebration: Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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Institute for Leaders in Development
at University of Denver

University Hall 301
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208


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