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Urban League Accepting Applications for African American Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

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Deadline: February 12, 2021

Urban League is now accepting applications to be a part of the 2021 Philadelphia African American Leadership Development Forum (PAALDF). This innovative program explores leadership development through the unique perspective of the African American nonprofit leader. The program is supported by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s (UWGPSNJ) Impact Fund and the Connelly Foundation supports this program. The 2021 sessions commence in March, conclude in June 2021 and will be held virtually.

This highly interactive leadership development program incorporates workshops that not only include classic leadership training blended with exposure to regional and national thought leaders but also provide a safe platform for honest and hard-hitting discourse about the achievements and challenges of African American nonprofit leaders. Braided into each session is a strong focus on the unique needs, perspectives, issues, opportunities and challenges of African American leaders.

This program is designed to:

  • Build greater capacity within African American nonprofit leaders to support the development and execution of their leadership skills

  • Build greater capacity among African American nonprofit leadership and organizations to better serve the African American Community

  • Cultivate and align African American leadership to create communities of their peers to promote communication and information-sharing across sectors

  • Deepen relationships with the broader philanthropic community and public and private sectors in an effort to become less transactional and more transformative

  • Expose African American leaders to best practices and strategies for their application

  • The Urban League of Philadelphia partnered with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College (NELI) to develop PAALDF. It was created in response to the findings of the study funded by UWGPSNJ and conducted by the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum, “How African-American-Led Organizations Differ from White-Led Organizations: Research Report on African American Nonprofit Organizations in Philadelphia.”

Potential participants may include but are not limited to presidents, CEOs, executive directors, COOs, deputy directors, vice presidents, CFOs, directors of strategic initiatives, and department or division heads. Organizations must have a minimum annual budget of $250,000 to participate in the program. Preference will be given to applicants from human service, health, and education-related nonprofits.

If you would like to apply, or know someone who may want to apply, please read the Program Description and Directions for Application for further details. Applications will be submitted online HERE. Applications will be accepted from organizations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

If you have questions, please contact: Kathy Epps at or 215.985.3220 x236.

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