Announcing the David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund Nonprofit Leadership Award

David Bradt is a quietly effective leader for and champion of the Greater Washington region. In addition to serving as a Managing Director of Andersen Tax, he has invested considerable time and talent into numerous volunteer leadership roles, including as the former Chair and Member of the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s Board, former Chairman and Board member of Greater D.C. Cares, member of the Board of Venture Philanthropy Partners, and a volunteer and fundraising dinner chair for Share Our Strength.

Seeking a meaningful way to salute his years of service, David’s friends and family surprised him by establishing the David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund as a new component fund at the Greater Washington Community Foundation. The fund’s purpose is to provide an annual award that will enable a nonprofit leader in the Greater Washington region to attend an intensive executive training program. Through investments in leadership development, the David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund will have a long-lasting, tangible impact on our community by enhancing the capacity and influence of the region’s most effective nonprofits.


The David Bradt Nonprofit Leadership Award will grant up to $15,000 for leaders to participate in professional development programs that will enhance their leadership, creative thinking, strategy, and management skills. The selection committee will prioritize applicants who wish to participate in cohort programs which will expand their professional networks while also deepening their skills. Click here to download a list of pre-vetted programs. Other leadership programs will be given consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Awardees have up to two years to use the award. The award will be primarily applied to the tuition/fees of the selected program but a portion may be allotted for related travel expenses.

Once selected, the awardee must apply and be accepted to a leadership program. The awardee then will update The Community Foundation on the cost of the program and related travel expenses as well as any other aid awarded by the program itself. As a final step, the David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund will make a grant to the awardee’s organization which will pay both the tuition and travel costs directly.


Eligible applicants must currently work in a senior leadership role at a nonprofit that directly serves the Greater Washington region. Priority will go to applicants with at least five years of senior leadership experience in the nonprofit sector or equivalent leadership experience from government/business sectors.

Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Dedication to making a positive impact
  • Passion and the ability to instill passion in the people with whom they work
  • A collaborative spirit when working with other people and organizations as well as across sectors
  • Drive to bring innovative ideas forward and to fruition
  • High integrity and ethical behavior

The selection committee will not consider applications from organizations with a national or international focus (i.e. organizations which are headquartered in the Greater Washington region but provide no direct service to local residents).


Understanding that there are many worthy leaders serving our region who may be interested in this opportunity, the selection committee will have a two-stage process to help streamline the time and effort required:

Stage 1: Letter of Interest

Applicants may submit a brief (1-2 pages max) Letter of Interest explaining the mission and work of their nonprofit, their particular role in advancing their organization’s mission, and their professional development goals.

Additionally, the selection committee will accept a nomination letter if a CEO/Executive Director would like to nominate someone from the organization’s senior leadership team.

All nominations and Letters of Interest must be submitted electronically using the form below by 5pm on Thursday, July 26th.

Stage 2: Full Application

By early October 2018, the selection committee will identify finalists who will be invited to submit a more formal application which will include:

  • Resume
  • A personal statement which includes details about their goals and the professional development programs they would like to attend.
  • Overview of the organization (history, major accomplishments, descriptions of the programs managed by the applicant and outcomes achieved)
  • 2 letters of support

The selection committee will conduct personal interviews in November before announcing the inaugural awardee by early December 2018.


Should you have any questions, contact Kevin Donnelly at No phone calls, please.

Application Form

Please use the following form to submit your nomination or Letter of Interest by 5pm on Thursday, July 26th.

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