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Thank you for your interest in the Black Leadership Institute Fellowship (BLI), a program of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice

About the Program
BLI seeks to connect, inspire, and uplift senior-level Black leaders shaping social impact across the country and across sectors. Through transformative programming, BLI supports Black leaders with the resources, network, and community to build upon their social, financial, knowledge, and cultural capital as they step into positions of greater power and influence.

About the Application
Please reserve between 30 minutes to an hour to complete this application. You will be asked to upload a current resume and respond to the following prompts in 300 words or less:
  • Briefly describe what compels you to work to improve professional, educational, well-being, and/or life outcomes for Black communities.
  • Briefly assess how you would stand to benefit from becoming a BLI Fellow.
  • Briefly describe what you would contribute to the BLI community if you became a BLI Fellow.
  • Please share a personally meaningful volunteer or service commitment where you have been able to use your expertise to lead efforts that significantly drive resources and support to Black communities.
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Program Selection 

Demographic Information

Contact Information 

Organization Information 

Please include your work address here, although it may not be your organization's main address.

Leader-Specific Information

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Please provide contact information for two people who can speak to your commitment to improving professional, educational, well-being, and/or life outcomes for Black communities. One of your recommenders should be someone who has supervised you (e.g. direct manager, board chair, executive director). The second can be a colleague or someone else who knows your professional work. 

Please be sure to confirm the accuracy of the email address you provide for your recommenders. If you are selected as a finalist, each individual will receive a link to your recommendation form via email.

Recommender 1 Information

Recommender 2 Information


By submitting my application, I confirm that all of the information I have provided is true to my knowledge. I will maintain strict confidentiality of personal and organizational discussions held throughout the BLI application process and program, if selected.

Institute for Nonprofit Practice

89 South Street, Suite LL02, Boston, MA 02111

(781) 400–5742 · info@nonprofitpractice.org