Before You Apply

1. Please review the candidate profile prior to completing this application. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in nonprofit development to apply. 

2. Consider applying for the Bob Mesko Scholarship. We encourage all who meet the criteria to apply! Learn more here.

3. Carefully review the application details information below and be sure that you have everything ready to include and submit. 

4.  Ready to apply? Click the button below and get started here

The application for the 2017 - 2018 is now open! 

Application Details

Part One

Applicants should have the following information ready: 
  • Contact information
  • Complete details about current and past nonprofit development positions including start and end dates
  • The percentage of time you spend in your current position in the following areas: management and administration, volunteer management, marketing and public relations, development/fundraising 
  • The percentage of time you spend in your current position in the following areas of development: corporate/foundation fundraising, direct mail/annual fund, events, major gifts, and/or planned gifts.
Upload your current resume (.pdf file) 
Resume should address the following items and highlight leadership roles: 
  • Academic/educational history
  • Employment history/work experience
  • Volunteer/community service activities
  • Professional memberships and affiliations, and 
  • Names and contact information for two personal or professional references to comment on your strengths as a development professional

Part Two

Upload your personal statement answering the following questions (up to 3 pages; .pdf file). Remember to number and restate each question or download a copy here
In an effort to know you better, we would appreciate your written thoughts about how your participation in the Institute for Leaders in Development might further your personal and professional development. 
  1. What attracts you to the field of nonprofit fund development?
  2. What are the most significant professional challenges and opportunities that currently impact your work as a development professional?
  3. What professional goals would you most like to achieve as a result of your participation in the Institute for Leaders in Development?
  4. How do you think participation in this program will make you a more valuable asset to the development profession?
  5. Please share an experience you've had working one-on-one with a donor that was particularly satisfying to you and why? 
  6. What excitement and/or concerns do you bring to this type of learning experience? 
Number and restate each question with your responses. 

Part Three

Upload a signed ILD participation form from your CEO, ED or Supervisor (.pdf file). Please print the updated form for signature. 

Part Four

Upload a letter of recommendation from your CEO, ED or Supervisor (.pdf file).

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