Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Accelerator

Accepting nominations through November 19, 2018

ENLA is designed to provide professional development, career coaching and a robust leadership pipeline throughout the nonprofit sector in the broader Capital Region. Emerging leaders, program coordinators, and new managers will have the opportunity to receive early career advisement and training from industry experts, preparing themselves for future leadership roles.

Candidates for ENLA 2019 must commit to completion of the full six month training that begins January 11, 2019 and runs for full days the second Friday of each month. The final full day of training will conclude with a graduation event on June 14, 2019.

What Does ENLA Do?

  • Provides nonprofit leadership training and resources through 12 professional development workshops over 6 months. 
  • Develops a supportive network of mutually benefitting connections with a mentor, experienced trainers, and a cohort of peers. 
  • Delivers sector guidance and advice through one-on-one mentorship and career coaching sessions.

The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Accelerator is a program to attract people in early career and program positions in Capital Region nonprofits and provide them resources, support and a network to succeed and stay in the sector. Upon completion of the program, Fellows will be better prepared to take on capacity building roles, prevent burnout, avoid leaving the sector, and stand ready to take leadership positions when they become available.

    Who Should Apply?

    Preferably, program applicants will:

    • Currently work at a nonprofit organization
    • Have served in a management, coordinator, or leadership role for less than 5 years
    • Have completed an undergraduate degree or possess a mix of equivalent experience and/or education
    • You can nominate yourself or someone else

    Emphasis will be placed on a developing a diverse cohort of Fellows and Mentors, and we especially encourage nominations of emerging leaders identifying as minorities including people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, religious minorities and other cultural minorities.

    Fees and Underwriting

    ENLA participation is generously underwritten by the Michaelson Family Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Linda G. Toohey Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, and Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, and MVP Health Care.

    A modest fee of $60.00 per participant to offset food and supplies will be charged.

    We also need Mentors!

    If you are a seasoned executive or leader in the nonprofit sector, we need you! We will assign you a mentee with interests in your sector and ask that you meet with them two or three times over the course of the six months to offer them your support, advice, and perspective. While we will encourage you to invite your mentees to visit your organization, shadow you for a day, or join you at a board or community meeting, this is your special relationship. How do you believe you can add value?

    To apply to be an ENLA Mentor, please click here!

    Contact us!

        For more information about the 2019 program, please contact us at We will begin reviewing nominations and conducting interviews in late November, with notifications of the cohort selection by mid December.

        Apply here! Applications due by November 19!

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