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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship

Background and Goal:

The Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship was established by The Leadership Conference Education Fund to honor Carol Pitchersky, a social justice fundraising pioneer who passed away in 2004. The purpose of the fellowship is to:

  • Expand the fundraising capacity of the nation’s social justice community, which safeguards the civil rights, human rights and civil liberties of all Americans; and
  • Offer opportunities for career training, advancement and mentorship to people of color who are emerging professionals engaged in fund development efforts that further social justice.

The fellowship is managed by The Education Fund and reflects the organization’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunity. Through the fellowship, The Education Fund helps to promote racial diversity in the fund development profession.

How Important is the Fellowship?

It’s Vital. According to a recent Association of Fundraising Professionals survey of members, 2.7 percent of the respondents self-identified as African American; 0.9 percent as Asian/Pacific Islander; 1.8 percent as Hispanic; and 0.1 percent as Native American; while 92.4 percent self-identified as Caucasian/Not Hispanic. From these statistics, we can see that persons of color are disproportionately underrepresented in the field. Despite good intentions, nonprofit organizations that serve or advocate for communities of color may not be able to recruit fundraisers whose race or ethnicity reflects the populations those organizations serve. At the same time, further compounding the challenge, the profile of the average donor is changing, reflecting the shift toward our nation’s “minority majority” population.

From its vantage point at the center of the nation’s civil and human rights coalition, The Education Fund is in a unique position to address issues of diversity in the workplace in general and in philanthropy in particular. The Education Fund works closely with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference), a coalition made up of more than 200 member organizations representing people of color, women, children, older Americans, people with disabilities, the LGBT community, major religious groups, labor unions, and civil liberties and human rights groups. The Education Fund works with The Leadership Conference to provide the latest research, analysis and coalition-building strategies around advancing priority social justice issues. Through this close collaboration with national civil and human rights organizations, the Pitchersky Fellowship has much to offer to the fundraising profession, the broader social justice community, and the fellows themselves.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

The fellowship program considers persons of color who are U.S. citizens with at least an undergraduate degree, who are aspiring development professionals, who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, and who intend to advance their careers in nonprofit fundraising.

Fellowship Description:

The fellowship is a two-year, full-time, compensated appointment to the Development Department of The Education Fund, requiring residence in the Washington, D.C., metro area during the term of engagement. The fellow has the opportunity to hone his/her skills in fundraising by participating in efforts related to the various revenue streams that comprise nonprofit fundraising. Salary is competitive, includes a comprehensive benefit package, and is based on level of education and prior experience.

The fellow is introduced to the process of institutional advancement in the social justice movement by collaborating with the leadership of The Education Fund and the member organizations of the national civil and human rights coalition. During the term, the fellow receives orientation to overall development operations, assists in various activities related to donor cultivation and solicitation, receives mentoring, and deepens his/her knowledge and understanding of the social justice community. The appointment may include periodic assignments to the development operations of Leadership Conference member organizations located in the Washington, DC, area.


Fellowship Application and Selection:

The Pitchersky Fellow is appointed at the discretion of the leadership of The Education Fund and The Leadership Conference with guidance from the Pitchersky Advisory Committee. The next fellowship term will begin in Summer 2015. The application can be downloaded here in PDF or Word form.

Applications should be submitted by mail or email to:

Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship
The Leadership Conference Education Fund
1629 K Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Or

CHPFellowship@civilrights.org

Donations:

The fellowship is funded by a partially endowed fund and by supporters who share Carol Pitchersky’s passion for an equal and just society. Donations can be made online or by mailing your contribution to:

The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Attn: Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship
1629 K Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Please memo your check “Pitchersky Fellowship.” The Leadership Conference Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact The Leadership Conference Education Fund Development Office at (202) 466-1887 or email CHPFellowship@civilrights.org.

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