Momentum Fellowship

Momentum Fellowship

When we create professional pathways, our whole sector benefits.

The Momentum Fellowship is building pathways for professionals of color in philanthropy and enriching the sector. Through the two-year program, fellows engage in hands-on learning and training by working full-time within a foundation and being supported by coaches, as well as experiencing professional development, networking and peer learning opportunities. Host foundations benefit from more diverse teams, which are shown to be more productive, innovative problem-solvers and connected to communities.

Group photo of Philanthropy Northwest's Cohort 3 of Momentum Fellows
Our Cohort 3 Momentum Fellows attending their first retreat at
the Philanthropy Northwest office in Seattle, WA.

Momentum Fellowship Cohort 4 Postponed to 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing the recruitment of our next cohort of Momentum Fellows to 2021. If you are interested in learning more about the fellowship or applying to be a fellow in the future, please contact Sharayah Lane.



Fellows are professionals from historically underrepresented communities who want to deepen their knowledge and skills for working in the philanthropic sector. Over 18 to 24 months, fellows work full-time in a foundation and are part of a cohort of peers engaged in facilitated learning, networking and professional development opportunities. At the end of the program, fellows can potentially continue working at the same foundation, or have support to find a permanent job within the sector.

Meet the Current Fellows

Our third cohort of Momentum Fellows includes 14 dynamic and diverse leaders who are expanding their learning and skills, while contributing to the sector. It’s our biggest cohort yet! 

Consider Being a Host Foundation

Are you committed to supporting opportunities for professionals of color to learn about and shape philanthropy? Host foundations employ fellows for 18 to 24 months, during which time fellows work in grantmaking, communications, evaluation or other roles that you define, and are connected to a cohort of peers and professional development support. By serving as a host, you help build the capacity of your organization and the sector.

Momentum Fellows Updates

Marguerite Casey Foundation Develops Future Philanthropy Leaders of Color
by Luz Vega-Marquis 

Luz Vega-Marquis, former president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, discusses how the latest Philanthropy Northwest Momentum Fellow to join the staff reflects her dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion – and her leadership commitment to developing future philanthropy leaders of color.



Learning Alongside Each Other: Momentum Fellows Reflect on Philanthropy, Equity and Leadership
by Mijounga Chang, Zeeba Khalili, Denise Luk, Ami Patel, Tonisha Toler and Lauren Waudé

Our Cohort 2 Momentum Fellows reflect on their fellowships and share how the experience deepened their professional development, challenged them and allowed them to grow.



Learning on the Front Lines of Movement Building
by Zeeba Khalili

Zeeba Khalili, learning and evaluation officer at Marguerite Casey Foundation, shares her experience meeting with grantees and hearing their stories during a two-day site visit. She explains how it strengthened her connection with staff and helped her learn firsthand about their work.

Questions about our fellowship program?

If you are interested in applying to become a fellow, please check out the applicant FAQ or contact Sharayah Lane.


To learn more about becoming a host foundation, please visit the Become a Host Foundation page.