Type of Funding
The Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) is inviting applications from social entrepreneurs for the GLG Social Impact Fellowship 2017, a platform for professional learning where top professionals and thought leaders are paired with Fellows who are keen to solve challenges facing their social sector organizations, at no cost. Through 2-year Fellowship, visionary and innovative nonprofit and social enterprise leaders receive tailored learning from experts across GLG’s membership of more than 500,000 former C-suite executives, academics, sciences, policy specialists, former public sector leaders, and other top professionals and thought leaders around the world, and with each other.
The Fellowship, which will kick off in 16 to 18 October 2017, begins with an in-person attendance at GLG’s headquarters in New York City, USA, where Fellows learn how to use the GLG platform. During the convening, Fellows will work with GLG to identify the top challenges facing their organizations and set learning objectives to meet those challenges. Dedicated GLG Research Managers will then arrange for Fellows to connect to the GLG platform, to which Fellows will have access for 2 years.
Fellows will spend about 200 hours per year benefitting from the following commitments:
- Annual Fellow Convening at GLG – 3-day convening during which Fellows participate in a GLG orientation, strategic planning exercises, curated one-on-one meetings, and workshops. The convening is mandatory and occurs at the beginning of Fellows’ first and second years in the program at GLG’s New York City or Austin office.
- Learning with GLG – this is an iterative process. Using the platform involves interacting with GLG Research professionals to scope learning needs, select and engage with GLG Experts, and make use of the learnings.
- Virtual events – Fellows and teams are invited to join virtual learning opportunities, when applicable for their work. In addition, GLG Social Impact will host several virtual events each year tailored specifically to learning needs of the Fellowship community.
- Community engagement – Throughout the year, GLG will host opportunities for Fellows to see 1 another, to learn together, and to socialize.
- Conference attendance – Fellows may attend leading conferences. In the past, this has included the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Social Innovation Summit, and others.
- Talks at GLG offices – Social Impact Fellows host talks around the world to give GLG people the opportunity to learn from and interact with Fellows.
Applicants must be committed to learning and are passionate, tireless leaders of social enterprises, mission-driven for-profits and non-profits, and hybrid structures, with strong track records and visions for their organizations. They are likely to be CEOs or Founders that are committed to leading the organization during the fellowship and who can articulate high priority use cases for GLG. They must developed a team and habits to allow for strategic thinking and pursuit of the next phase at the organization.
Nonprofits must have an operating budget between US$1 to US$12M. Mission-driven for-profits must have an annual operating budget under US$500,000. Hybrid organizations are to be of comparable size. These ventures should all be at an
inflection point and have been in operation for about 5 years, with more than 5 full-time staff.
Applications are to be done online by 17 July 2017.