Career Pathways

A Talent Pipeline Expansion Program

Eligibility & Selection Criteria


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 October 10, 2019.

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:

CDC FoundationConrad N. Hilton Foundation LogoThe Kresge Foundation David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson FoundationSan Antonio Area FoundationSkillman Foundation