Alden Fellows

The Community Foundation of Louisville believes that Louisville’s nonprofit organizations are strengthened when more nonprofit leaders have access to high quality professional development opportunities. Each year, in support of such work, we select five leaders as Alden Fellows. By invitation, nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs are asked to develop a plan for their personal and professional growth which will elevate their work as a leader, benefit their organization, and impact the community. Fellowships of $7,000 are awarded to individuals who exhibit a unique curiosity, a commitment to the Louisville community, and a sincere interest in exploring their full leadership potential.


Since the Alden Fellows’ inception in 2014, the Community Foundation has awarded $175,000 in grants for building the leadership capacity of 33 fellows. An additional investment providing executive coaching has allowed the fellows to gain meaningful perspectives on their fellowship experiences. Through their participation as Alden Fellows, these leaders join a network of past and present fellows, cultivating relationships and forming new connections in order to collaborate for greater impact.

Alden Fellows Alumni

The Community Foundation seeks to select cohorts of fellows who are broadly representative of the Louisville community. Selected fellows lead organizations focused on youth, housing and homelessness, community development, arts & culture, social services, education, and more. Cohorts have consisted of both new and seasoned leaders, representing small and large organizations.

Know a local nonprofit leader that could benefit from the Alden Fellows Program? Let us know.

Chelsea VanHook
Chelsea VanHook
Program Officer
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