The Momentum Fellowship is designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities.

The Momentum Fellowship grew out of discussions among members of our CEO cohort on diversity, equity and inclusion, who were interested in encouraging more individuals from diverse backgrounds to commit to careers in the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors. The fellowship offers a robust learning experience, both through activities at host site foundations — where fellows will be placed — and through a suite of programming and network opportunities coordinated by Philanthropy Northwest.

Foundations currently participating in our second fellowship cohort include: The Collins FoundationEmpire Health FoundationMarguerite Casey FoundationMeyer Memorial TrustRasmuson FoundationWhatcom Community Foundation and Women’s Foundation of Oregon.

Philanthropy Northwest is excited about the potential for this program to help expand pathways for diverse professionals interested in philanthropy and to broaden the diversity of viewpoints within the sector.

What Will Fellows Do?

Fellows will be placed in two-year full-time positions at host foundations, specific to host foundation needs described in the fellow position description. Over the course of a program designed by Philanthropy Northwest, Momentum Fellows will receive professional development and networking opportunities. This includes peer-learning retreats, trainings offered through Philanthropy Northwest, networking and professional coaching.

Who Should Apply?

High-potential individuals who have a commitment to bringing new perspectives, ideas and viewpoints into the field by their ability to bring a lens of equity and inclusion to their work. Candidates should come from a community that is currently underrepresented in philanthropy, such as a community of color, LGBTQ, disability or other group. Fellows’ levels of professional experience may vary — please see individual job descriptions for eligibility requirements. Preference will be given to past or present residents of the Pacific Northwest, with a willingness to commit to service in the region.

Salary Range?

Please see each position description for the salary range. Salaries and benefits are competitive for type of position and the area in the region.

Applicant FAQ

Download Frequently Asked Questions for fellowship applicants.


Applications for the Momentum Fellowship are currently open until April 5, 2017. Apply to a fellowship position below.

Community Engagement and Special Initiatives Fellow, The Collins Foundation

Executive Assistant Fellow, Empire Health Foundation

Program Coordinator Fellow, Empire Health Foundation

Research & Evaluation Fellow, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Grant Operations Fellow, Meyer Memorial Trust

Healthy Environment Program Fellow, Meyer Memorial Trust

Housing Opportunities Program Fellow, Meyer Memorial Trust

Program Fellow (two openings available), Rasmuson Foundation

Communications Fellow, Whatcom Community Foundation

Program Manager Fellow, Women’s Foundation of Oregon


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