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Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Program

Are you a new or aspiring professional looking to make a significant impact in the nonprofit sector? Look no further! The Institute for Philanthropic Leadership is pleased to announce the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program (formerly called New Development Professionals), which has been specifically designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in fundraising, management, and organizational planning within the philanthropic sector.

With a proven track record of success, this program has already empowered 153 professionals from 79 organizations to achieve their goals and make a tangible difference in the nonprofit sector. Now, it's your turn to join this talented group of emerging leaders and embark on a transformative journey toward personal and professional growth.

The Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program takes place over four monthly sessions, from September to December, with each three-hour session taking place from 9am until Noon EST. Each session will be conducted virtually over Zoom, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your home or office. We understand the value of your time and have strategically designed this program to maximize your learning experience without compromising your daily commitments.

Led by seasoned philanthropy experts and members of the IPL Board of Directors, the program's curriculum offers 12 hours of instruction, and delves deep into the core competencies required for success in the nonprofit sector. You'll explore cutting-edge fundraising strategies, refine your management skills, and develop a keen understanding of organizational planning, all while being immersed in a supportive and collaborative virtual learning environment.

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions, collaborate with like-minded peers, and benefit from personalized feedback and guidance from our experienced instructors. Furthermore, you'll gain exclusive access to a network of influential professionals, expanding your connections and opening doors to new career opportunities within the philanthropic community.

Whether you're looking to enhance your existing skills or transition into the nonprofit sector, the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program is the perfect catalyst for your professional journey. Take the first step toward unlocking your potential and making a lasting impact on the causes you care about. Secure your spot today, and together, let's shape the future of philanthropy.

Dates & Topical Highlights

September 4, 2024 | Theory & Practice 

  1. Keys to Nonprofit Success
  2. Essential Leadership Skills & Experiences  
  3. Strategic & Annual Development Planning

October 3, 2024| Donor Cycles & Giving

  1. Donor Cycle, Research & the Board's Role in Fundraising
  2. Leadership Gifts & Solicitation Skills
  3. Annual Giving, Major/Capital Giving, Planned/Legacy Giving

November 6, 2024| Managing Data & Relationships

  1. Managing & Using Data
  2. Financial Acumen
  3. Internal & External Relationships
  4. Individual/Corporate/Foundation Do's and Don'ts

December 5, 2024 |Communication and Planning

  1. Delivering Your Case for Support
  2. Professional & Personal Strategic Planning
  3. Panel discussion 

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Frequently Asked Questions


How is the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program different from other professional development programs?

The ELP program is specifically tailored to the needs of new or aspiring professionals in the nonprofit sector with a focus on fundraising. Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers not only fundraising techniques but also management and organizational planning skills required for success in the philanthropic sector. Additionally, our virtual format allows you to participate from anywhere, making it convenient and accessible.

Can I participate in the program if I have limited experience in the nonprofit sector?

Absolutely! The ELP program is designed for individuals who are new to the nonprofit sector or aspiring professionals looking to transition into it. Our curriculum is structured to provide a strong foundation in fundraising, management, and organizational planning, regardless of your previous experience.

How will the virtual sessions be conducted?

The virtual sessions will be conducted via Zoom, a user-friendly video conferencing platform. Prior to the program, you will receive detailed instructions on how to access and participate in the sessions. Our team will ensure that you have all the necessary resources and support to make the most out of the virtual learning experience.

What kind of networking opportunities are available in this program?

As a participant in the ELP program, you will have exclusive access to a network of influential professionals within the philanthropic sector. This network will provide opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and potential career connections. We also encourage interactive discussions during the sessions, allowing you to engage with like-minded peers and build meaningful relationships.

Will I receive any certification upon completion of the program?

Yes, upon successful completion of the ELP program, you will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate can be a valuable addition to your professional portfolio, showcasing your dedication to advancing your skills and knowledge in the nonprofit sector.

How can I secure my spot in the program?

To secure your spot in the ELP program, simply visit the REGISTER HERE link on the ELP page on the Institute for Philanthropic Leadership website and follow the registration instructions. Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to guarantee your participation in this transformative program.

What is the cost of the program?  Is there financial aid available?

The ELP program costs $400 per person. Limited financial aid is available by request to the IPL Administrator Crystal Smyth at admin@institutepl.org
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Patton McDowell serves as lead faculty and facilitator for the New Development Professionals program.

Founder, PMA Nonprofit Leadership

Patton McDowell is the founder of PMA Nonprofit Leadership, a firm he founded after a successful twenty-year career in the nonprofit sector. He is a frequently sought-after leadership coach and speaker on nonprofit issues of fundraising, strategic planning and the executive skills critical to a leader's personal and professional success. Patton received a BA in Education from UNC Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, an MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, and a Doctorate in Education (Organizational Change and Leadership) from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a Master Trainer for AFP International, and an Executive in Residence at Cornell University's Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy.  Patton hosts the weekly podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership and is the author of a book by the same name, Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership.

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