Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Institute for Leaders in Development (ILD)?
How does it work?
- The Institute for Leaders in Development at University of Denver is a unique professional development program that identifies Colorado’s emerging nonprofit fundraising leaders and prepares them for the future.
- ILD helps create a better community by preparing tomorrow’s nonprofit leaders--today.
Who can apply?
- Participants are appointed through a highly selective application process. The ILD class meets monthly for a full day September - May. The curriculum includes in-depth exploration of topics such as creating a development plan, developing key relationships and financial management. Topics are presented through lectures, panel discussions, case studies and group work. Mentors provide invaluable guidance and support during the ILD program year.
When are applications accepted?
- Qualified applicants should have a minimum of three years development experience at a nonprofit organization and demonstrate strong potential for future leadership.
- The ability to build successful one-on-one relationships with donors and volunteers, resulting in increased donations for their organization should already be established.
- The curriculum assumes basic knowledge of key development practices is already mastered. Learn more.
- Applications for the 2017-18 year will be accepted from from late January – April 5, 2017. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm. Forms and additional information are here.
How much does it cost to participate? Is financial assistance available?
What makes ILD special?
- Tuition for the 2017 - 2018 program year is $500.00.
- Applicants needing financial assistance may apply for The Bob Mesko Scholarship to cover tuition costs. Visit the Eligibility & Selection section at ILDColorado.org for more information.
- Thanks to the Anschutz Family Foundation, grant money to help offset travel expenses to participate in the monthly classes is available.
What are the main components of the program?
- ILD is unlike any other nonprofit professional development program in Colorado. The program combines professionally relevant curriculum, a custom-paired mentorship program and a required Capstone project (see descriptions below).
- Academic Curriculum
Classes are taught by the highest caliber development professionals. The curriculum focuses on teaching development and relationship-building skills within a leadership context. The curriculum is relevant to organizations of all sizes, settings and missions.
Each student is thoughtfully paired with an experienced development professional who has demonstrated excellence and success in the field. Students work with their mentor to develop a work plan that identifies areas for learning, related activities and a Capstone experience to test and practice new skills.
- Capstone Project
As the program’s culminating academic experience, students are required to create a plan addressing an existing development challenge for their organization, called a Capstone project. The Capstone project is presented to, and evaluated by, a panel of leading development professionals, which reinforces the real-world nature of the program.