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 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.

About the Program

Through the program to date, WFMN has engaged 38 women of color and American Indian women 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
Dr. 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.

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

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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.
Nautika Burroughs
Meet the 2021 Wenda Weekes Moore Intern

Nautika Burroughs

Nautika is a recent graduate from St. Cloud State University, where she studied marketing and gender and women’s studies. Nautika continues to be passionate about community-based healing, Black feminism, and reproductive health for Black women.

Nautika has served as the creative director of the Women of Color Collective, which consisted of coleading holistic socio-cultural discussions, advocacy work around women of color in higher education, and a focus on centering the experiences and knowledge of women of color in designing programs and events on the St. Cloud State University campus.

In the future, Nautika plans to return to school to receive her master’s degree in public health to work alongside her community, specifically Black women and non-binary people. With her public health master’s degree, Nautika hopes to be a part of the eradication of environmental racism and maternal mortality rates among Black women in the United States.

“The Women’s Foundation does such impactful and grounded work within the communities of Minnesota area because they intentionally listen to what community needs to flourish. That’s a mission I want to be a part of — a mission that invests in women and girls of color leading change and policy that can transform the lives of people perpetually impacted by inequities in our systems. With this opportunity, I hope to release my strength within the work of philanthropy, action planning, and community development.”  
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Meet the Dr. Reatha Clark King Fellow

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta, previously the Wenda Weekes Moore Intern, returned to WFMN in August 2019 after working as a legal assistant in immigration law and participating in policy training. She graduated from Augsburg University, and plans to continue as the first in her family to pursue higher education by obtaining a master’s degree in public policy.

“Philanthropy to me means opportunity. It wasn’t until I was introduced to philanthropy that I realized a community of supporters believed in this opportunity for all people to thrive, regardless of legal status, educational experience, skin color, gender or sexuality. As a Fellow, I find impact in the relationships, support, and opportunities to lead that strengthen my skills. In this role, I hope to learn more from my community and from influential leaders to grow in my leadership. I hope to respond to the growing needs from communities impacted by the coronavirus, anti-Black racism, and anti-immigration policies.”