Rising Leaders

Building NEXT-Gen Changemakers

Through Rising Leaders, we’re transforming the way young professionals develop leadership skills and engage in local philanthropy.


Rising Leaders are current Full Circle Fund Members who are early in their career, ripe for personal development, and passionate about making their community and the world a better place. The program was launched with a Koret Foundation grant in 2012 and involves a cohort of Full Circle Fund Members under 32.


We open our applications each December and a new cohort joins our cycle each February where they join us for this two-year program for the next generation of social impact changemakers. Our blend of volunteer projects and training prepares participants to help shape the future of philanthropy as strategic partners joining nonprofit boards and developing solutions that cross boundaries. 



  • Join a Full Circle Fund Grant Cycle Project Team 

  • Attend Annual Full Circle Fund Retreat (subsidies available)

  • Take a Leadership Role in Year Two - Leadership Role Options

  • Attend at least 50% of Rising Leaders Sessions - 8 out of 16 Sessions over two years


Value for Rising Leaders


  • Subsidized Full Circle Fund Sustaining Membership dues if needed (up to $2,500 value)

  • A Community of Like-minded People 

  • Highly Curated Educational/Personal Development Content

  • Access to Intergenerational Mentoring

  • Leadership Opportunities in the Social Impact Space

  • Capital for Localized Grantmaking

Connecting Generations

Each year not only do our 20 Rising Leaders join the broader Full Circle Fund Membership to drive social impact in the Bay Area. They also forage deep relationships with more experienced Full Circle Fund leaders who commit to supporting these new leaders on their two-year journey as the Co-Chairs of our Circles and project collaborators.

Posing for the Camera
Posing for the Camera

This oldie but goodie features long time FCF Members Jonathan Fong and Andrew Koller who have graduated from Rising Leader mentee to mentors.

Networking Away
Networking Away

Rising Leader mentor Nakeyshia Kendall joins us for Idea Lab

Building Friendships
Building Friendships

2017 Rising Leaders Joan DeGennaro and Polly Washabaugh chat with Co-Chair Anina Tweed

Leading Workshops
Leading Workshops

Rising Leader Joan facilitates a session at Idea Lab 2017.

Making Change
Making Change

Rising Leader Sorya is on-point during a session at Idea Lab 2017

Collaborating with Members
Collaborating with Members

Team Lead and Rising leader Jay chats with Member Blake about our 2017 UNITE video.

Public Speaking
Public Speaking

Rising Leader and Team Lead Roxanna is on stage with Grant Partner Ben from the Reach Institute for School Leadership during our 2017 Launch Night.

Learning and Growing
Learning and Growing

Rising Leader Jessie enjoys the Education Circle's 2017 Thought Leadership Event.

Sharing Their Networks
Sharing Their Networks

Rising Leader mentor Elizabeth Gumas enjoys our Education Circle's Thought Leadership event with a guest.

Our CohortS

Rising Leaders are busy professionals from all walks of life. They are all passionate about social impact and are excited to learn by doing with Full Circle Fund. Our network looks forward to welcoming 20 more amazing young leaders to our community each year.



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