Successful candidates bring a minimum of three years experience in the development sector, show promise of becoming a leader in their field, and have potential to be a strong role model for other development professionals. The Institute for Leaders in Development is actively seeking candidates from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and from nonprofit organizations of all sizes, missions and budget ranges. 

The Recruitment & Selection Process 

The recruitment and selection committee reviews applications in the spring. After the first review, a select group of candidates will be contacted for an in-person interview and the final selections will be made shortly thereafter. The committee’s recommendations are forwarded to the Institute's main steering committee, which approves final selections in June. Class size is approximately 15 members. 

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Participant Commitment

There is no fee for applying. 

Tuition: For the 2018 - 2019 year, a participant fee of $500 is required to be paid by the participant or his or her organization upon entering ILD. 

Fundraisers from rural nonprofits encouraged to apply!

Grant money to help offset travel expenses to participate in the monthly classes is available.  

Approximately 10-12 hours per month over a 10-month period, August to May, and highly encouraged post program participation.

Learn More 

Ready to learn more about ILD? Click the 'About the Institute' tab for more information about the curriculum, faculty, mentor program and capstone project. 

Application News

The application for the Class of 2019 closed on April 4, 2018. Our thanks to all who applied for the next class.

The Bob Mesko Scholarship

This scholarship covers the cost of tuition.
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De Ann Acosta, CFRE 
Recruitment & Selection Chair
Executive Director 
AFP Colorado Chapter


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