Momentum Fellowship

Philanthropy Northwest is proud to be the home to a distinct fellowship program, designed to advance philanthropy, elevate the conversation and inspire action. The Momentum Fellowship prepares professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities.

The application process for the next cohort starting in 2019 is open! See Currently Hiring below for positions that we are actively recruiting now.

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

If you are applying as a current employee with your foundation, apply here.

Program Overview

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 and through a suite of activities coordinated by Philanthropy Northwest. In addition to placing incoming fellows into foundations, the program is also open to current employees in foundations who fit the criteria. 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.

Current and Past Momentum Fellow Hosts



What Will Fellows Do?

Fellows will be placed in salaried full-time positions at host foundations that run for 24 months. During the program, fellows will receive significant professional development and networking opportunities. At in-person retreats throughout the fellowship period fellows engage in topics around diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy, adaptive leadership, goal setting and more. In addition, they hear from leaders in philanthropy through presentations and networking opportunities at Momentum Fellow retreats and at other Philanthropy Northwest events. To foster their leadership development journey each fellow is also assigned a professional coach who works with them one-on-one over the course of 24 months. All of this is in addition to the important on-the-job learning they will gain as staff members at their host foundations. 

Who Should Apply?

High-potential individuals who have a commitment to bringing new perspectives and ideas into the field of philanthropy. 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 applicants committed to building a career in philanthropy. 

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 spring 2019 and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Bookmark this page and check back frequently in the next couple of months for new position postings.

Currently Hiring

Program Momentum Fellow

This fellowship position at Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska will provide programmatic support and actively participate in the grant-making process by supporting the program team and acting as a liaison between program, foundation staff, applicants, grantees and other external audiences. The position will have regular contact with applicants, grantees and the broader community, and must work with these individuals with consideration, respect and caring. The fellowship is a 24-month, temporary, full-time position located in Anchorage, and reports to a program officer. Ideal candidates are from communities underrepresented in philanthropy and are interested and committed to a career in philanthropy.

About Rasmuson Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.