Career Pathways

A Talent Pipeline Expansion Program

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the Career Pathways program, applicants MUST:

  • Be an employee of a grantmaking organization, foundation, or a philanthropic institution
  • Have at least 5 to 7 years of mid- to senior-level experience
  • Have a serious interest in a senior and/or executive-level position in the field of philanthropy
  • Receive a recommendation by the employee’s home institution (submitted during application process)
  • Submit a completed application to the Council on Foundations by EXTENSION: Feburary 22, 2021

Selection Criteria

Selections will be highly competitive and based on the diversity and leadership potential of applicants, rooted in five (5) criteria:

  • Personal leadership goals
  • Professional leadership experience
  • Community and volunteer leadership experience
  • Quality of applicant’s responses to essay questions
  • Quality of nominations


Career Pathways is made possible thanks to generous funding support from: