- To introduce young professionals to Baltimore area nonprofits/community needs
- To develop new skills and create strong civic leaders
- To build a personal and professional network
- To engage young professionals in volunteerism
- To create ambassadors of civic leadership, volunteerism, and business involvement
The fellowship is a nine-month experience that begins in February and ends in November. The core components include monthly learning seminars, volunteer experiences, and networking events that enhance personal and professional development. There is also a GIVE Advisory Project that is designed to create a stronger cohort experience and deepen community impact, while strengthening leadership and professional skills.
Mandatory 2019 Workshop Session dates and times
Friday, February 8th Orientation 12:00- 5:00 PM
Wednesday, March 6th Session #1 2:00 -5:00 PM
Wednesday, April 10th Session #2 8:15-11:30 AM
Wednesday, May 8th Session #3 8:15-11:30 AM
Wednesday, June 12th Session #4 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, July 17th Session #5 8:15-11:30 AM
Wednesday, August 14th Session #6 8:15-11:30 AM
Wednesday, September 18th Session #7 8:15-11:30 AM
Wednesday, October 16th Session #8 8:15-11:30 AM
Friday, November 8th Graduation 3:00- 5:00 PM
Attendance is mandatory at all workshops including the orientation in February. Fellows must also attend a minimum of two networking/social events throughout the fellowship, dates TBD. Participants who miss more than 2 unexcused workshops may be dismissed from the program. Please review the dates/times above to ensure you can be in attendance. Tuition is non-refundable for participants who are dismissed or who voluntarily withdraw.
Tuition for participation in Business Volunteers' GIVE Program is $2,000. If selected, you will be invoiced for tuition, which covers all program expenses and learning materials. We recommend that participants personally contribute at least $250 of this fee and encourage company sponsorship of the remaining portion of the fee to demonstrate personal investment and company support of professional development.
We offer a limited number of Jim Brinkley scholarships which support the cost of a program fee for deserving civic leaders that would not otherwise be able to participate. There is a separate scholarship application that must be completed. You should submit your scholarship application after filling out this application.
A payment plan may also be arranged after acceptance to the program.
Required monthly workshops will take place one Wednesday a month from 8:15-11:30AM. Outside of scheduled meetings, anticipate spending an additional 2-7 hours a month on GIVE related activities. These additional hours are more flexible.
The typical GIVE
Classmate meets the following criteria:
Is between the ages of
25 and 40
Lives within Central
Maryland and works in the Greater Baltimore area
Is a high performing
career professional with leadership experience or demonstrated leadership
· Is passionate about engaging in the community and giving back through service.
GIVE fellows are
selected through a competitive application, interview and selection process. A
cohort of up to 40 diverse and accomplished professionals are selected based on
their career accomplishments, commitment to creating positive change, and
an interest in taking on a leadership role to address community issues.
The application process
Completion of an online application form
A professional reference (a form will be sent following submission
Application agreement signed by the participant and employer (a
form will be sent following submission of application). See below for further
Phone interview conducted by a member of the selection
Application Agreement- Employer Authorization
Because the GIVE program
requires participation during the conventional workday, we ask applicants to
discuss and obtain agreement on the program requirements, including the time
commitment, with their supervisors before beginning the application process.
Agreement is our way of ensuring that applicants' organizations will
provide the work release time for participation in the program. If you
are the senior ranking person in your organization, please sign your own name
in the section for authorization.
We will collect all
pertinent data to contact your supervisor in the online application. We ask supervisors complete this section of the form by November 16th.
reviewed by a Selection Committee composed of Business Volunteers staff members
and GIVE Advisory Committee members. After each application is carefully
reviewed, selected applicants are invited for an interview with a member of the
Each year the Selection
Committee strives to create a cohort that is diverse in experience, industry,
and demographics. In considering the diversity of the cohort and the
number of applications received, qualified candidates are not always accepted.
Deadlines and Timeline
· Program application, supervisor approval form, reference form, and scholarship application (if applicable) must be submitted by Friday, November 16th.
The online application will close at 11:59 pm on November 16th.
· Phone interviews will be conducted the first two weeks of December.
· Notice of acceptance into the program will be received by December
· Payment must be received by January 31, 2019.
If you would like to
continue to fill out an application, please click on Next Page. Once you start
your application, you will be able to save your work and come back to it at a
later time. Once it is submitted, no further changes can be made.
If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Allie Gerstley at email@example.com.