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 the Chair and Member of the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s Board, 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 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 investing in the leadership of the region’s most effective organizations, the David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund will have a long-lasting, tangible impact on our community by enhancing the capacity and influence of those groups.
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, the organization’s impact on people living in the Greater Washington region, and their professional development goals. Applicants should also submit a copy of their resume. If you have already identified specific professional development courses/programs you wish to attend, we encourage you to note them in the application.
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 by 5pm on Thursday, April 18th.
Stage 2: Full Application
By early June 2019, the selection committee will identify finalists who will be invited to submit a more formal application which will include:
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 September before announcing the awardee(s) by early November 2019.
Should you have any questions, contact Kevin Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
Please use the following form to submit your nomination or Letter of Interest by 5pm on Thursday, April 18th.