Interns & Fellows
Funding the Pipeline for Women of Color in Philanthropy
Philanthropy, nonprofits, and communities benefit when Black, Indigenous, and women of color are represented in leadership.
About the Program
Recognizing the need for more women of color in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership and development, WFM launched its Fellowship and Internship Program in 2002. The Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellowship and the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship Program are our innovative initiatives to build a pipeline of women of color leaders in philanthropy.
Through the program to date, WFM has engaged 47 Black, Indigenous, and women of color in all aspects of its operations, including evaluation, fundraising, grantmaking, and administration. The program also provides rigorous training and professional development opportunities. Interns and Fellows receive one-on-one mentoring and professional coaching; attend workshops on emotional intelligence, executive presence, and action planning; and attend seminars and local and national philanthropy conferences.
Wenda Weekes Moore Internship
As part of the year-long Wenda Weekes Moore Internship, each intern spends four weeks in the summer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI, where Wenda served on the board for 26 years. This opportunity allows the intern to gain mentoring, knowledge, and learning experience from a large, private, family foundation.
Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellowship
The Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellowship, a two-year paid fellowship, plays a central role in the coordination and management of the Women’s Foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative MN (YWI MN). Named for Dr. Reatha Clark King in 2007, the fellow works both independently and collaboratively with Foundation staff and other key partners to plan, manage, and implement activities in program development, research and evaluation, meeting design and coordination, grant and contract management, grant and report writing, and publications and materials development.
Investing in Leadership
As a result of this program, a majority of our Interns and Fellows have gone on to leadership careers in the nonprofit (64%), philanthropic (9%), and corporate (27%) sectors in the United States and abroad. Seven program participants have also been hired and promoted as WFM staff.