Seeking Fundraising & Development Fellows

The Columbus Foundation is now accepting applications from eligible college seniors for the 2016-2017 Fundraising and Development Fellowship Program. This Fellowship serves to link students with meaningful experiences at five area nonprofit organizations. Projects have been selected to allow for the Fellow to have a meaningful contribution to the organization’s needs, while learning a substantial amount about the fundraising and development profession. Through a special partnership with the Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals, Fellows will have access to exclusive networking, continuing education, and select AFP membership resources.

To be eligible for The Columbus Foundation Fundraising and Development Fellowship, the interested individual must be:

  • A college senior, graduating May/June 2017
  • Enrolled in an accredited central Ohio college or university and be in good academic standing, with competitive credentials
  • Interested in the nonprofit sector and fundraising and development

Students should submit their application by Noon on Friday September 30, 2016.

We encourage applicants read the FAQs for further information on the Fundraising and Development Fellowship Program.

Potential host organizations and project details are below:

Organization Project Description
Childhood League Center


To support the development team through the creation and implementation of “Change Kids’ Lives” campaign, which will provide employees of corporations, students at targeted schools, and faith-based groups the opportunity to make a positive difference for the Childhood League Center by donating loose change.
Children’s Hunger Alliance


To support the development team with organizational goals of planning and executing the Menu of Hope luncheon; growing grant-related revenue by 15 percent; and expanding annual fund participation by 10 percent.
Columbus Metropolitan Library To support the development team with a mini-capital campaign dedicated to the Dublin library branch, through targeted outreach to individuals and corporations within Dublin. Specifically, development skills such as prospect research; creating recruitment materials for the campaign committee; planning a campaign committee kick-off event;  and drafting a case for support and working with marketing to develop related materials.
Equitas Health


To support the development team in creating new revenue through the opportunity for run/walk/ride participants to recognize a loved one with HIV through a specific honoring or memorial opportunity. This effort will culminate at the three large events held across Ohio in April.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank


To support the development team through research of funding sources that relate to specific programming, and through the creation of relevant stories and cases for support that would be tailored to individual, corporate, and foundation giving opportunities.

If you have additional questions, please contact Dan Sharpe .

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