The Leadership Acceleration Program (LAP) provides advanced learning opportunities to promising local nonprofit leaders. Each year, up to five fellows serving in a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization will complete a rigorous two-year common curriculum as well as an individual professional development project. Completing LAP will equip the participants with the knowledge, experience, and skills to transform their organizations into high-performing, proactively managed nonprofits focused on meeting our community’s needs.
Individuals will be selected from a pool of nominees acquired from local community and foundation leaders. They will have demonstrated a willingness to be transparent and learn, serve with humility and excellence, be committed to improving their organization and the Midland community, and passionately pursue their nonprofit's mission.
Additionally, they must possess:
The curriculum will focus on three guiding principles: Understanding Influence, Defining Purpose, Fostering Communication, Growing Accountability, and Developing Hope.
LAP fellows must commit to the following meetings:
Each LAP Fellow will be awarded up to $24,000 to complete an approved professional development project to enhance their leadership and executive skills through formal and informal professional advancement activities. A core aspect of the program is that each fellowship plan is unique – developed by the fellow. Examples include, but are not limited to, completing a higher education credential, executive business certificates in finance and accounting, certified professional human resource certificates, Lilly fundraising course, Leadership conference attendance, BoardSource retreats and schooling, etc. A core aspect of the program is that each fellowship plan is unique – developed by the fellow with support from the foundation.
For more information, please contact:
Julia Vickery, Program Director