The Fellowship Program is an intensive, year-long leadership development experience that builds leadership capacity, core competencies, strong relationships, and a network of peers. The program is framed within the context of United Way’s performance, the business model, community impact and revenue development. The program helps identify, engage, and develop a diverse group of United Way’s top-performing mid-career professionals from across the worldwide network and prepares them for success in their United Way career.




High-performing and high-potential mid-career professionals including experienced managers, directors, senior directors and new vice presidents are encouraged to apply. Applicants must first be nominated by either their CEO or their team’s vice president/c-suite leader.

Applications are now being accepted! Network staff can go to United Way Online to apply (login required). The application deadline is February 26. 

Participation in this year-long leadership series is $4,250.

Due to exchange rates and membership agreements with our international United Ways, we are offering a 17% discount to attendees from the International Network.

As you plan, keep in mind that this event is eligible for flexible credit use! Check out the flexible credit policy (United Way Online access required) for details about flexible credits.

Limited scholarships available.

NOTE: The majority of the cost of United Way's leadership programs is subsidized by United Way Worldwide. 


The Fellowship Program provides participants the opportunity to build their practical leadership skills and cultivate a mindset of curious exploration with a cohort of true peers. Delivered in 3 sessions across 7 months, the program facilitates participants' mastery of the following skills: 

  • Colloboration: building a diverse network and improving relationships in order to source better information and make better decisions
  • Investigation: identifying the root causes of problems and developing more creative solutions aligned to the strategic priorities of participants' United Ways
  • Persuasion: crafting and delivering powerful messages that appeal to hearts and minds in order to influence decisions and lead change

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Fellowship Program will be delivered virtually with no additional time commitments. Each session will be divided into 2.5-hour or 4-hour time blocks and carried out over several weeks. 


“The Fellowship Program pushed me to learn more about the entire United Way organization, the amazing people working within the network and the incredible impact we have on our communities every single day. I grew both professionally and personally and credit the program for giving me stronger direction as it pertains to my career. The Fellowship was, by far, the best professional experience I’ve ever had and I will always be grateful for the UWW staff and my fellow fellows for the experience.”

Chris Morgan, Associate Director of Resource Development, United Way of Geauga County

"Everything I've learned in this course has already made a huge difference in how I approach and handle every aspect of my job. I'm listening better (and differently), I'm getting feedback from people outside my normal peer group, and the list goes on. This course took me way out of my comfort level. I embraced it and loved it."

Emily Campbell, Director of Processing, Indiana United Ways


We'd love to share more information about this program with you! You can either email talent@unitedway.org with a specific question, visit United Way Online (accessible to United Way Network staff only) or sign up below to receive more information about this program.