Applications for 2019 - 2020 Annual Fellows & Management Fellows Programs are LIVE

The Development Leadership Consortium runs two professional development programs for people working in nonprofit fundraising and advancement, serving early-career professionals and advanced-career managers.

Management Fellows Program

Curious to learn if this program is right for you? Come to the Management Fellows Open House. We look forward to seeing you at 6 pm on Thursday, May 2, at Openlands on 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1650. RSVP by Monday, April 29, at

Management Fellows is an advanced professional fellowship program that prepares new generations of non-profit managers to lead their organizations with confidence and knowledge.

Candidates must be both experienced and promising, and have served in their current roles long enough to have a command of their responsibilities. Fellows include non-profit professionals in development and related fields (alumni affairs, public relations) who are managers. First priority is given to qualified alumni of the DLC Annual Fellows Program. Ten Management Fellows will be admitted to each year's class.

The program meets for ten sessions, September through June, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., one Thursday per month and is facilitated by Tom Wick, Vice President of Principal & Major Gifts at Rush University Medical Center.

Sample session topics: finding the right job; supporting/engaging institutional leaders in development; building, leading and managing a team; institutional strategic planning and its relationship to fundraising; designing and implementing a special campaign; and developing a principal gift program.

The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2019.
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Annual Fellows Program

The Development Leadership Consortium's Annual Fellows program is a professional development program that helps prepare development officers in the early and intermediate stages of their career in advancement. The program strives to enable participants to have continued success in their ongoing service to the non-profit community.

Qualified Candidates: Non-profit professionals in development as well as related advancement fields (alumni relations, public relations, donor research, donor stewardship, corporate relations, philanthropy operations, and events) in the early phase of their careers.

Fellows meet from 6-9 p.m., one day per month for 9 months, September through June, and the sessions are facilitated by Amy Funk, Vice President at Ter Molen, Watkins & Brandt LLC.

The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2019.
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Welcome, 2018-19 Management Fellows and Annual Fellows!

We are delighted to welcome this year’s program participants. The DLC Board and program alumni wish them luck in the year ahead.

2018-19 Annual Fellows:

  • Melissa Anson: All Chicago Making Homelessness History, Development & Communications Coordinator

  • Leah Bobbey: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Coordinator of the Women’s Board

  • Matt Campion: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Associate Director of Development

  • Elizabeth Davis: The Rotary Foundation, Development Coordinator

  • Chrissy Gargano: Growing Home, Inc., Grants & Communications Associate

  • Andleeb Jawaid: City Year Chicago, Development Manager and Grant Writer

  • Frances Jones: Make-A-Wish Illinois, Gift Officer, Individual and Family Foundations

  • Erica Kadel: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Development Associate

  • Elisabeth Loren: Envision Unlimited, Development Coordinator

  • Michael Rashid: Emerald City Theatre, Development Manager

  • Laura Raymond: Illinois Institute of Technology, Development Associate

  • Kristyn Rein: Fenwick High School, Institutional Advancement Coordinator & Project Manager

  • Alison Ricketts: The Art Institute of Chicago, Assistant Director of Stewardship

  • Anastasia Schriber: Respiratory Health Association, Development Associate, Database and Donor Services

  • Michaela Smith: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business, Assistant Director of Participation and Engagement

  • Carlos A. Trejo: Marillac St. Vincent Family Services, Director of Annual Giving

  • Emma Walsh: Chicago Commons, Development Communications Assistant

  • Jay Webster: LEAP (Language Empowers All People), Development Associate

  • Tracy Woodley: OneGoal, Manager of Development, Foundation & Public Funding

2018-19 Management Fellows:

  • Mollie Anderson: Chicago Literacy Alliance, Chief Development Officer

  • Edward Briscoe: University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education, Director of Advancement

  • Jessica Butler: Governors State University, Director of Institutional Advancement

  • Jamie Dillon: Mikva Challenge, Director of Institutional Giving

  • Jessi Donaldson: Evanston Community Foundation, Director of Philanthropy and Communication

  • Christine Grodecki: The Rotary Foundation, Annual Giving Officer

  • Sonia N. Jones: LEARN Charter School Network, Director of Development

  • Colleen Kelly: The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Director of Development

  • Johnny Merrifield: Marwen, Director of Development

  • Anne Puotinen: Roosevelt University, Director of Stewardship

Alumni and Friends: See you at our Continuing Fellows Event on March 20!

The Development Leadership Consortium Continuing Fellows program provides ongoing opportunities for engagement with fellow DLC alumni and friends in the Chicago development community. Please join us for our next Continuing Fellows event:

The Intersection of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Activism Sparking Philanthropy
Featuring Dr. Na'ilah Nasir, President at the Spencer Foundation

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

1700 Theatre At Steppenwolf
1700 North Halsted Street (Covered garage located at 1624 N Halsted for a fee)

  • 5:30pm: Reception and Connections (Wine, beer, soft drinks and light appetizers)
  • 6:15pm: Presentation
  • 6:45pm – 7:30pm: Q&A and Networking

$10 ticket includes admission, wine, and light hors d'oeuvres:

Join us at the DLC Holiday Party on December 13

The DLC is hosting its second annual Holiday Party and Networking Reception on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. It should be a evening full of merriment, and all members of the Chicago development community are invited to attend: current program participants, alumni, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the DLC's programming are welcome to toast as we prepare to close another year.

Here are the details:

  • When: 5:30 - 7 pm on Wednesday, December 13

  • Where: Steppenwolf Front Bar, 1700 North Halsted Street  

  • Tickets: $10 per person, including first drink and appetizers

  • Getting There: Red Line to North and Clybourn; free parking at North Lot

Learn more and purchase tickets here: