Momentum Fellowship

The application process for the next cohort began in January 2019. See Currently Hiring below for positions that we are actively recruiting now. Check back here frequently from February through April 2019 for new postings.

We're still recruiting host sites. Interested in hosting a fellow? Read our host foundation FAQ.

Are you interested in applying for the next cohort (2019-2021)? We encourage you to review the program description below, including our applicant FAQ.



THE MOMENTUM FELLOWSHIP is designed to introduce professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, to careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities.

The Momentum Fellowship grew out of discussions among members of our first CEO cohort on diversity, equity and inclusion, who were interested in helping philanthropy become more welcoming to individuals from diverse backgrounds. The program, which is designed primarily as a professional development experience, will offer individuals a robust learning opportunity, both through a full-time position at host site foundations — where the fellows will be placed — and through a suite of activities coordinated by Philanthropy Northwest. Philanthropy Northwest is excited about the potential for this program to help expand pathways for professionals of color in philanthropy, and to increase the diversity of viewpoints into the sector.

We have been running the Momentum Fellowship program since 2015, foundations currently participating in our second fellowship cohort include: The Collins Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, Marguerite Casey FoundationMeyer Memorial Trust, Rasmuson Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation and Women's Foundation of Oregon.

Philanthropy Northwest is excited about the potential for this program to help expand pathways for diverse professionals interested in philanthropy and to broaden the diversity of viewpoints within the sector.


What Will Fellows Do?

Fellows will be placed in salaried full-time positions at host foundations that run for 18 to 24 months based on the host foundation preference. During the program, fellows will receive significant professional development and networking opportunities.


Who Should Apply?

High-potential individuals who have a commitment to bringing new perspectives and ideas into the field by their ability to use a lens of equity and inclusion in their work. Fellows will come from a community that is currently underrepresented in philanthropy. Fellows' level of professional experience may vary - please see individual job descriptions for eligibility requirements. Preference will be given to past or present residents of the Pacific Northwest, with a willingness to commit to service in the region. 

Salary Range? 

Please see each position description for the salary range. Salaries and benefits are competitive for the type of position and the area in the region. 

Applicant FAQ

Download Frequently Asked Questions for fellowship applicants.


Job descriptions will be posted in early 2019 and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference given to those received by 5 p.m. April 12, 2019. Bookmark this page and check back frequently in the next couple of months for new position postings.

Currently Hiring

Social Media Momentum Fellow - Marguerite Casey Foundation
Philanthropy Northwest, on behalf of Marguerite Casey Foundation, is recruiting for a Social Media Momentum Fellow. The Momentum Fellowship prepares professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector. This position will work directly with Marguerite Casey Foundation as their social media fellow, leading and managing a comprehensive digital and social media plan to amplify the foundation’s digital presence.