Career Pathways

A Talent Pipeline Expansion Program


Important Dates
  • Information Session with Council Staff — January 26, 2021 at 3pm EST 
  • 2021 Program Application Submission Deadline — EXTENSION: February 22, 2021
  • Waldman Scholarship Application Submission Deadline — EXTENSION: March 1, 2021 
  • Career Pathways 2021 Cohorts Announcement — April 2021
Program Schedule
Blue Cohort Program Dates
  • Learning Session 1: Kick Off Month — August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31
  • Learning Session 2 — September 22-24
  • Learning Session 3 — October 13-15
  • Learning Session 4 — December 6-8*
Green Cohort Program Dates
  • Learning Session 1: Kick Off Month — August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2
  • Learning Session 2 — September 29-October 1
  • Learning Session 3 — October 20-22
  • Learning Session 4 — December 6-8*

*We will be planning for a virtual and in person convening session in Washington DC if health and safety guidelines of COVID-19 allow to convene in person.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and high interest in the Career Pathways program, in 2021 the program is expanding! There will be two cohorts running concurrently immersed in a full virtual environment from July to December 2021. Each cohort will include 24 individuals from various backgrounds seeking to prepare themselves as candidates for philanthropic leadership positions.

The Career Pathways program will continue to provide its foundational programming, plus new curriculum modules around leadership skillsets specific to virtual workspaces. This year’s cohort participants will leave the program better prepared to enhance their philanthropic leadership, increase their own potential, and join the stellar executive leaders in the Career Pathways Alumni peer community.In preparation of completing your application, please familiarize yourself with the application requirements.

Essay narratives are required for the following:

  • What would you seek to achieve through your participation in the Career Pathways program? (no more than 250 words)
  • How would your participation and connection to the Career Pathways & Council on Foundations network help you fulfill your professional goals within the next five years? (no more than 250 words)
  • Describe a mentor or leader with whom you have worked and what you admired, learned, or might do differently than this individual. (no more than 200 words)
  • What is your definition of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging? What role does diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging play in your professional career, and within the philanthropic sector? How have you advocated and/or initiated for individuals who have identified from marginalized communities? (no more than 500 words)
  • Given the current historical context, how do you see the philanthropy’s role in this movement of anti-black violence, anti-racism, xenophobia, etc. (no more than 250 words)
  • Describe a significant challenge facing philanthropy and/or philanthropic leadership today. Additionally, what would be your proposed course of action to navigate or rectify it? (no more than 500 words)
  • Describe what you consider to be a significant (positive or negative) professional learning experience. What did you learn from this experience, and how has it changed you professionally? (no more than 250 words)

Additionally, the following will be required to submit your application:

  • A current copy of your resume.
  • A professional headshot (if you are selected the Council may use this for marketing and promotional activities).
  • A recommendation from your home institution supervisor and/or CEO. Email this directly to
  • Only one employee from an organization can apply. 

To start your application, you will need to log into before you begin. This allows you to save your draft and return to it. You will need to create a login if you do not already have one.


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