Learning Communities Application [Fall 2023 Cohort]

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Program Overview

This program is available exclusively to Nonprofit New York members. To find out if your organization is a member, click here. To enroll or renew your organization's membership, click here.

Each cohort is different, and each experience is personalized to meet the needs of cohort participants. During the 6-month experience, participants determine a shared problem question, learn from experts in the field, and work with partner organizations to enact change in their organization. At the end of the program, participants share their experience and lessons with the broader nonprofit community through Nonprofit New York events and programming.

The Learning Community for Fall 2023 is for Development Staff and additional team members working in nonprofit organizations with operating budgets under $10 million. Generous support from The New York Community Trust enables Nonprofit New York to offer this initiative at no cost to participating organizations and individuals.


There are three phases of the Learning Community Program. Participants are expected to attend and engage in all activities.

Phase 1: Planning

Phase 2: Learning

Phase 3: Acting

During one in-person planning session, participants meet for a half day at the Ford Foundation to determine a shared area of focus. 

Participants engage in 5-6 workshops facilitated by experts in the shared area of focus. These workshops are a mix of in-person and virtual sessions. 

In the “Action Phase," participants take what they have learned over the past 5 months and develop a plan to implement change at their organizations.

Please note the Program Dates: 

  • Planning: Tuesday, September 12th, 9-12pm (in-person)
  • Learning: Tuesday, October 10th, 10-12pm (in-person)
  • Learning: Tuesday, October 24th, 10-12pm (virtual)
  • Learning: Tuesday, November 7th, 10-12pm (in-person)
  • Learning: Tuesday, November 21st, 10-12pm (virtual)
  • Learning: Tuesday, December 5th, 10-12pm (in-person)
  • Acting: Tuesday, January 16th , 10-12pm (virtual)
  • Presentations: Tuesday, February 6th, 10-12pm (in-person)

Applicant Information

Rate the following questions based on your experience and understanding.
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Organization Information

Rate the following questions based on your experience and understanding working at your organization. Please respond to the questions assuming circumstances are ordinary.
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If you are selected for the program, what would be the top three organizational fundraising issues you would like to tackle over the next six months?


Thank you for taking the time to apply for the  Fall 2023 Learning Communities Cohort for Development Staff and Colleagues. 

We appreciate your time and will reach out regarding application and selection status soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Darby Masland, Programs Director, at dmasland@nonprofitnewyork.org.