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Who Should Apply

Successful candidates bring a minimum of three years' experience in the development sector, show promise of becoming a leader in their field, and have potential to be a strong role model for other development professionals. Whether your organization is large or small, urban or rural, legacy or upstart, we encourage you to apply!

We’re prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion and working to build a program that better reflects the diverse Colorado communities in which we live and work. We want to make sure participants of all backgrounds feel welcomed and embraced for the unique and powerful perspectives and experiences they model for this program and for the future of the fundraising profession.

We encourage applications from BIPOC leaders whose job descriptions may not be traditional and may include fundraising as either their primary focus or as one of their multiple responsibilities. Executive directors and those leading fundraising, community relations, and marketing have been a part of past classes. Diverse experience and perspectives enrich discussion and strengthen us as leaders in philanthropy.

Candidate Checklist

We've provided a few questions you can ask yourself before deciding to apply. These questions will help you determine if now is the right time to be part of the ILD program!

Selection Process

The selection committee reviews applications in the spring. After the first review, select candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview and the final selections will be made shortly thereafter. The committee’s recommendations are forwarded to ILD’s steering committee, which approves final selections in June. Class size is approximately 15 members.

Financial Investment

Application fee: None

Tuition: A participant fee of $600 is required to be paid by the participant or their organization.

We strive to keep tuition very affordable. Still, we recognize that professional development budgets vary, especially due to pandemic-related economic challenges. Don't let the cost of the program hinder your professional advancement. We are proud to offer the Bob Mesko Scholarship annually, as well as funds to offset travel expenses for those coming to Denver from outside of the metro area. Payment plans are available by request. To inquire about additional financial assistance, reach out to Sarah.

Time Commitment

Approximately 10-12 hours per month over a 10-month period, August to May, and highly encouraged post-program participation. Review the 2022 - 2023 schedule here.

Timing (may vary)

Applications due: Late March or early April of each calendar year

Candidate interviews: May or June

Notification of acceptance: June or July 

Classes begin: August or September

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Institute for Leaders in Development
at University of Denver

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

Email: ildcolorado@gmail.com

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