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. In support of such work, we have established the Alden Fellows, a leadership development award. The Fellowship Selection Committee, comprised of local nonprofit and community leaders, recommends candidates for consideration.  By invitation, nonprofit leaders are asked to develop a plan for their personal and professional growth, and five are selected to receive $7,000 awards as Alden Fellows.  The funds can be used to attend a world-class nonprofit leadership training program or to design a customized program of professional and personal development. Since the Alden Fellows Program’s inception in 2014, the Community Foundation has invested over $140,000 in building the leadership capacity of 28 fellows. Fellowships have been awarded to individuals who exhibited a unique curiosity, a commitment to the Louisville community, and a sincere interest in exploring their full leadership potential. These nonprofit executives represent organizations big and small, which focus on areas such as the arts, community services, and youth development.

2019

Jeannette Bahouth
Jeannette Bahouth
Executive Director, Young Authors Greenhouse
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Jeannette will travel to Finland to study new teaching techniques in the country's education system, and England to learn from an organization like Young Authors Greenhouse.
Dr. Kish Cumi
Dr. Kish Cumi
Director of Education Policy & Programming, Louisville Urban League
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Dr. Cumi will take part in a coast-to-coast wellness tour as she visits wellness centers to examine best practices. She will also feed her spirit by engaging in meditation and dance retreats.
Da’Marrion Fleming
Da’Marrion Fleming
Founder and President, Sowing Seeds with Faith
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Da'Marrion will travel to Paris, France to study a successful model of academic enrichment, specifically in the areas of accountability and expectation.
Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
Kevin will take part in the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, a program designed to help community service leaders reconnect with their core values and redefine their purpose so they can rededicate themselves to their work.
Evon Smith
Evon Smith
President & CEO, OneWest
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Evon will study best practices of cities that have undergone revitalization efforts by visiting several model sites. She will also attend the Art of Living Retreat Center to re-center her mind and body.

2018

Eileen Blanton
Eileen Blanton
Executive Director, Peace Education
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Eileen reenergized her spirit and gained clarity around the next bold steps for Peace Education by participating in an 84 mile white water rafting/wilderness trip. The trip laid the groundwork for the courage, collective strategies and bold actions necessary to address the violence in the Louisville community and allowed her to connect with other social change agents.
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
Executive Director, St. George's Scholar Institute
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Arthur worked to recharge his spirit and to explore opportunities in youth entrepreneurship by attending the Perfect Health Program at the Chopra Center and visiting the San Diego Youth Entrepreneurship Program.
Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor
Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor
Senior Director of Programs
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Brandy worked toward wellness for herself and the individuals doing equity work within some of Louisville’s most marginalized communities. She attended the Disney Leadership Institute, connected with leaders involved in equity work, and engaged in yoga as a grounding practice.
Moshe Ohayon
Moshe Ohayon
Founder and Executive Director, Educational Justice
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Moshe focused on growing the impact of EJ Activists by participating in a trip to Israel through Entwine, which organizes social action initiatives abroad for emerging Jewish-American leaders. The trip heightened his focus on social entrepreneurship and practices for being more effective in pitching his organization's work.
Darcy Thompson
Darcy Thompson
Executive Director, Louisville Story Program
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Darcy traveled to Senegal with Bud Dorsey, author of the Louisville Story Program book, Available Light. He gained a deep appreciation for the role of storytelling in another culture, the importance of reciprocity in his work, and the ways of leveraging privilege to increase equity.

2017

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman
Rashaad Abdur-Rahman
Director, Metro Louisville's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
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Rashaad visited various Youth Violence Prevention Research Centers around the country, where he learned from mature programs with measurable outcomes and expanded his professional network. His knowledge increased in understanding the evaluation of these programs and the funding sources to sustain the work.
Robert Curran
Robert Curran
Artistic and Executive Director, Louisville Ballet
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Robert attended the Dance East Rural Retreat for Artistic Directors, which allowed him to expand the collaborative possibilities for Louisville Ballet through international partnerships. The trip also sparked a renewed creativity for his work and provided tools for him to reserve the time to do so in the face of challenges.
Neva-Marie Polley Scott
Neva-Marie Polley Scott
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Louisville
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Neva attended a one-day Leading Organizations Through Change conference in Louisville, a two-day Conference for Women in Albuquerque, and a two-day Critical Thinking Seminar in Dallas. She gained essential leadership skills, such as effective skills for building consensus, overcoming obstacles, and responding to specific leadership issues encountered by women leaders.
Sadiqa Reynolds
Sadiqa Reynolds
President and CEO, Louisville Urban League
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Sadiqa attended a wellness retreat in Miraval, Arizona, where she focused on optimizing strengths, improving brain function, and creating a better work/life balance in order to learn how to teach others how to better care for themselves.
Lynn Rippy
Lynn Rippy
Executive Director, YouthBuild Louisville
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Lynn attended the NeighborWorks America Conference on "Community Economic Development Principles, Practices, and Strategies" in Washington D.C., where she learned how institutions can partner to facilitate economic improvements and how to engage stakeholders.

2016

Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye
Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye
Executive Director, Bridge Kids International
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Stacy attended the NeighborWorks America Institute in Atlanta and completed two short residences at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and Uncharted Play in New York City, where she explored the intersection of social enterprise, community revitalization, and innovation.
Natalie Harris
Natalie Harris
Executive Director, Coalition for the Homeless
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Natalie attended the prestigious 18-month NeighborWorks Executive Leadership Program, led in partnership with NeighborWorks America and the Harvard Kennedy School. The program provided hands-on learning experience in problem solving, facilitated by leading Harvard professors.
Chris Hartman
Chris Hartman
Director, Fairness Campaign
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Chris traveled to London, England, to attend the LGBTQ ALMS Without Borders Conference, where he presented the initial findings of the Kentucky LGBTQ Heritage Initiative and engaged in conversations with practitioners from around the world about the nuanced work of preserving LGBTQ history.
Libby Mills
Libby Mills
Executive Director, Restorative Justice Louisville
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Libby attended the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She learned skills for addressing complex systems changes as well as expanded her network of peers involved in restorative justice work.

2015

Kim Baker
Kim Baker
President, Kentucky Center for the Arts
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Kim worked with leaders in change management and servant leadership.
Karina Barillas
Karina Barillas
Director, La Casita Center
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Karina attended the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Program at Duke University.
Jennifer Hancock
Jennifer Hancock
President, Volunteers of American of Kentucky
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Jennifer attended the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Program at Duke University.
Karyn Hascal
Karyn Hascal
Executive Director, The Healing Place
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Karyn studied Pay for Success/Social Impact Bond efforts in other markets.
Karyn Moskowitz
Karyn Moskowitz
Executive Director, New Roots
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Karyn traveled to South Korea to study that country's leading food justice organizations.

2014

Pam Darnall
Pam Darnall
President & CEO, Family & Children's Place
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Pam visited nonprofit organizations in three states to study best practices in organizational sustainability.
Jennifer Helgeson
Jennifer Helgeson
President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana
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Jennifer attended Duke University’s program in Nonprofit Leadership.
Rob Locke
Rob Locke
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity
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Rob traveled to other cities to study “Placemaking” as a method of community building.
Matt Wallace
Matt Wallace
Producing Artistic Director, Kentucky Shakespeare
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Matt traveled to Stratford-Upon-Avon to train at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Chelsea VanHook
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Senior Associate, Mission & Impact
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