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EMERGING LEADERS IN PHILANTHROPY

Applications are now open

Applications for our 2024 – 2025 cohort are open now until June 30 and we’ll kick off the next cohort in the fall.

All applicants, regardless of their acceptance status, will be notified by email in early August.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy (ELP)

Our ELP program is a training and networking program for corporate and nonprofit employees aged 25 – 40 focused on the philanthropy landscape in North Texas. The cohort will have the opportunity to learn about Communities Foundation of Texas focus areas of philanthropy, hear from established foundations and corporations about their vision for positive change, and learn about key touchpoints the community hopes to make an impact on in the future. Through the process, the cohort will hear directly from nonprofits and work together to allocate funding and plan for their own charitable giving.

Program details​

Program details

If you are interested in participating in our ELP program, please read the following Information.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The ELP Program is designed for leaders ages 25 – 40 interested in learning, engaging, and broadening their impact through philanthropy and strategic giving.

HOW TO APPLY

Accessing the application:

  • Visit our online application portal: CFTgrants.org
  • Enter your email address and password.
    • Click Forgot Your Password if you’ve forgotten your password.
    • Click Create New Account if the site says you do not have an account.
  • Click the green “Apply button at the top of the page.
  • Top right, enter the Access Code: ELP2024
  • Click the green “Apply button.

APPLY

PROGRAM OVERVIEW & REQUIREMENTS
  • All program sessions will be held in person.
  • There are 2 – 4 hours of pre-work for each session (including exercises, learnings, nonprofit grant application reviews, etc.)
  • Attendance at all sessions is mandatory — only one absence is allowed during the program year.
  • The program tuition fee is $500 for nonprofit/government professionals and $1,000 for business professionals. Note: Limited scholarships are available.
  • In addition to your attendance, we ask for your presence, attention, commitment, and engagement at each session.
  • Optional networking and volunteer opportunities are planned throughout the year to help further connect you with the community and your cohort.
PROGRAM DATES

Dates for the 2024 – 2025 program are below.

  • October 9, 2024, 2 – 5 p.m.
  • November 20, 2024, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • January 15, 2025, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • February 19, 2025, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • March 26, 2025, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • April 16, 2025, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • May 21, 2025, 2 – 5:30 p.m.

Explore our Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program’s community impact.

Emerging Leaders In Philanthropy

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One of the things we learned firsthand in CFT’s ELP program is that while monetary donations are very helpful for nonprofits, the time, effort, and skills that volunteers bring make a huge impact on organizations.
- Tyler Floyd
Associate Wealth Advisor, SFMG Wealth Advisors
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