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.
EXPECTATIONS & BENIFITS
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
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.
This oldie but goodie features long time FCF Members Jonathan Fong and Andrew Koller who have graduated from Rising Leader mentee to mentors.
Rising Leader mentor Nakeyshia Kendall joins us for Idea Lab
2017 Rising Leaders Joan DeGennaro and Polly Washabaugh chat with Co-Chair Anina Tweed
Rising Leader Joan facilitates a session at Idea Lab 2017.
Rising Leader Sorya is on-point during a session at Idea Lab 2017
Team Lead and Rising leader Jay chats with Member Blake about our 2017 UNITE video.
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.
Rising Leader Jessie enjoys the Education Circle's 2017 Thought Leadership Event.
Rising Leader mentor Elizabeth Gumas enjoys our Education Circle's Thought Leadership event with a guest.