WFMN Interns and Fellows
Interns and Fellows

Funding the Pipeline for Women of Color in Philanthropy

Philanthropy, nonprofits, and communities benefit when women of color are represented in leadership. Recognizing the need for more women of color in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership and development, WFMN launched its Fellowship and Internship Program in 2002. The 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.

About the Program

Through the program to date, WFMN has engaged 34 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.

Reatha Clark King and Wenda Weekes Moore
Reatha Clark King and Wenda Weekes Moore
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.

Reatha Clark King Fellowship

The 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 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

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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 WFMN staff.
Cynthia J. Zapata
Meet the Wenda Weekes Moore Intern

Cynthia J. Zapata

Cynthia J. Zapata graduated from St. Olaf College in 2016 as a double major in English and race and ethnic studies. Since graduating, Zapata has worked at Centro Tyrone Guzman in south Minneapolis, and helped manage Jovenes Latinas al Poder!, a group focused on advancing policy, advocacy, and healthy peer-to-peer relationships with young Latinas. In January 2018, she began working in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton as the Correspondence Coordinator. She is a 2016-2017 Amherst Wilder Community Equity Pipeline cohort member, 2017 finalist for the St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate, a WFMN Innovator, and Vice President and Communications Director of WePod. This fall she will begin her Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing at the University of St. Thomas.

“As a grantee-partner for two years, and now as a WFMN Innovator, my involvement with the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota has opened more opportunities I ever could have could dreamed. I am at a pivotal point in my young career, and the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship will refine and add depth to the skills I have already acquired. I am excited about this year of growth and work with an organization that I admire.”
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Meet the 2017-18 Reatha Clark King Fellow

Kalice Allen

Kalice Allen joined the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in 2016 as the Wenda Weekes Moore Intern, and upon graduation, became the Reatha Clark King Fellow and helped lead the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN). She graduated from St. Catherine University with a degree in public health, with concentrations in both community health work and public policy. During her time as an intern, Kalice helped launch YWI MN and shared her own story in a press conference with the Office of the Governor. Announcing this new initiative, Kalice became the first of many young women sharing their stories to drive YWI MN. Kalice’s deep passion and dedication for racial and gender equity extends through both her professional and personal life. She organized and coordinated a delegation to Cuba that focuses on the health and wellbeing of Black women across the African diaspora. She has worked part-time as a doula, and participated in a community co-learning cohort through the Minnesota Department of Health to help combat the high maternal and infant mortality rates across our state. Kalice’s contributions to the Foundation are many. One of her lasting contributions as a fellow is WFMN’s first-of-its-kind grantmaking targeted directly to individuals. Her creativity and skill led to the creation of the WFMN Innovators program, which  granted awards to 20 individuals changing and innovating culture in the state of Minnesota. Kalice will continue to work for gender and racial equity with a career in public health.

“During my time as the Reatha Clark King Fellow, I had the opportunity to engage in eye-opening and transformative systems change, working with national collaboratives, statewide initiatives, and local movements. This experience has reinforced my drive and given me tools to continue my life’s work of racial and gender equity.”