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Fellows Program

July 2018 – Present

Fellows Program

The Purpose

Aspiring philanthropic leaders have the potential to catalyze innovations to strengthen people, organizations, and communities around the world. While these opportunities are numerous, maximizing them takes leaders who have the willingness, capacity, and foresight to drive long-term change. Through nearly a decade of experience with innovative initiatives spanning the globe, The Patterson Foundation has shaped its approach to philanthropy into a valuable model for a network of future leaders who seek their continued professional evolution while strengthening the impact of their efforts. Learn more about The Patterson Foundation's approach from president and CEO Debra Jacobs.

Strengthening the Impact

Through a collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, The Patterson Foundation Fellows Program provides graduates of the world’s first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy a year-long career-building opportunity to learn innovative philanthropic principles and share their expertise through engaging initiatives tied to their personal passions. Through the Fellows Program, The Patterson Foundation aspires to create a network of future leaders aligned in their innovative approach to philanthropy.

FAQs

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Why does The Patterson Foundation offer the Fellows Program?

The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by focusing on issues that address mutual aspirations, foster wide participation, and encourage learning and sharing. The Patterson Foundation believes that creating a network of future philanthropic leaders who have the willingness, capacity, and foresight to incorporate innovative strategies for long-term change is both an opportunity and a responsibility with considerable impact. Furthermore, working with philanthropic leaders versed in leading-edge innovations facilitates The Patterson Foundation’s continued learning and sharing of best practices in philanthropy.

Why is The Patterson Foundation collaborating with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy?

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is the first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. Since its inception, it has demonstrated a commitment to training and empowering students and practitioners to innovate and lead to create positive and lasting change in the world. This includes its growing master’s program offering students a mix of theory and practice.

What does The Patterson Foundation Fellows Program offer?

  • A one-year experience for talented early career professionals interested in working in community, corporate or private foundations
  • A career-building opportunity to learn from The Patterson Foundation while sharing the fellows' expertise and ideas
  • Structured engagement with initiatives and operations through a mix of learning and action objectives
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Access to a network of innovative philanthropic leaders

What are the eligibility requirements?

The following three eligibility requirements must all be met:
  1. Be a graduate of the Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree program from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and interested in a career in community, corporate or private foundations

  2. Be able to reside in Sarasota, Florida, from May 29, 2020–May 31, 2021

  3. Have legal authorization to work in the United States (i.e., a U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work, in accordance with USCIS Form I-9)

What assignments and experiences will the fellows receive?

Fellows will be immersed in specific initiatives based on shared interests and The Patterson Foundation's approach to philanthropy. The assignments produce close relationships with local community foundations and other organizations. The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives include international, national, state, and regional initiatives in education, aging, health, disaster recovery, inspiring philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and strategic communications. Learn more about The Patterson Foundation’s initiatives.

Where is The Patterson Foundation located? Where will fellows be based?

Fellows will be based at The Patterson Foundation’s office located in Sarasota, a coastal community on Florida's west coast. Sarasota is part of the vibrant Tampa Bay region and known for its beautiful beaches, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities.

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Will The Patterson Foundation’s Fellows Program expand to other academic institutions?

There are no plans to expand the Fellows Program to academic institutions beyond the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Who can I contact about The Patterson Foundation Fellows Program?

If you have additional questions, please contact Program consultant Laurey Stryker, Ed.D.: LStrykerTPF@gmail.com | 941-302-0407 or TPF Fellow Hannah Saeger Karnei: HSaegerKarnei@thepattersonfoundation.org


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