Program Details

CORE ELEMENTS (50+ Learning Hours)


Training Intensive

June 12–13, 2017 | Washington, DC

Together with your peers, learn from experts on topics such as governance and legal basics, investments, grantmaking strategies, effective and thoughtful site visits, managing change, and envisioning the next generation’s legacy. Plus, explore Washington, DC’s sights, visit exemplary local nonprofits, and connect with local Exponent Philanthropy members and field leaders during a special reception in your honor.



October 15–17, 2017 | Denver, CO

At the year’s premier conference for small-staffed philanthropy, attend sessions, workshops, and dynamic plenaries to explore a wide range of topics in philanthropy. Host a gathering for other Next Gen participants, meet program alums, and step into other conference leadership roles. Connect with the field’s leading thinkers and doers, and choose from dozens of sessions like Impact & Evaluation, Design Thinking, Catalyzing Philanthropy, and more.


Personal Learning Agenda

What do you still need to learn? What knowledge or skills will allow you to contribute confidently to your foundation? During the 2-day Training Intensive, identify your learning objectives and work with your mentor craft a plan to meet them through a variety of methods that match your learning style and needs (e.g., seminars, webinars, books, articles, informational interviews).


Monthly Mentoring

Those fellows ready for mentorship will be carefully paired with a mentor—either an experienced Exponent Philanthropy member or part of our knowledgeable staff—who will support your individualized learning during the fellowship, help you achieve the objectives of your personal learning agenda, and serve as a trusted resource long afterward.

Additional Components

Top-Selling Publications

Receive Exponent Philanthropy’s top-selling publications, The Foundation Guidebook and The Trustee Handbook, our most comprehensive resources for foundation trustees and key staff.

Online Community

Tap into the Exponent Philanthropy community via our online Discussion List, a treasure trove of guidance and experience, with hundreds of active members ready to answer your questions. After the Training Intensive in June, you’ll also be invited to join a private online group where current and past Next Gen Fellows have an ongoing dialogue

Access to Experts

Call Exponent Philanthropy at any time, and one of our knowledgeable staff will gladly answer your questions and find you helpful resources or connections.

Application Procedure

Participation is by online application only, and space is limited to ensure a first-rate experience for all involved. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interest is very high, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure that participants meet age guidelines and are currently or soon-to-be trustees or staff in a foundation. As we fill the cohort, we will assess all applications to ensure a diverse range of personal backgrounds, experience, foundation types, and geography. We will also consider the fit between applicants’ learning objectives and program design.

Application Fee: $250

Payment via credit card or check is due at the time your application is submitted. This fee will be refunded to any participants not accepted to the program.

Program Fee: $2,495

The program is only offered to Exponent Philanthropy members. Non-members accepted into the program will be provided with a $100 reduction off the annual membership fee.

Apply today!