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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 Leadership Development Award.

The Fellowship Selection Committee, comprised of local nonprofit and community leaders, recommends candidates for consideration.  By invitation, nonprofit executives are asked to develop a plan for their personal and professional growth, and five are selected to receive $5,000 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 $100,000 in building the leadership capacity of 20 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 untapped leadership potential. These nonprofit executives represent organizations big and small, which focus on areas such as the arts, community improvement, and youth development.

2018

Eileen Blanton
Eileen Blanton
Executive Director, Peace Education
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Eileen will reenergize her spirit and gain clarity around the next bold steps for Peace Education by participating in an 84 mile white water rafting/wilderness trip. The rafting trip will lay the groundwork for the courage, collective strategies and bold actions that are necessary to address the violence in the Louisville community.
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
Executive Director, St. George's Scholar Institute
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Arthur will work to recharge his spirit and to explore opportunities in youth entrepreneurship by attending the La Casa De Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara and visiting the San Diego Youth Entrepreneurship Program.
Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor
Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor
Director, Center for Health Equity
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Brandy will work toward wellness for herself and the individuals doing equity work within some of Louisville’s most marginalized communities.
Moshe Ohayon
Moshe Ohayon
Founder and Executive Director, Educational Justice
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Moshe will focus on growing the impact of EJ Activists by enrolling in the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship offered through Stanford University’s School of Business or pursuing a fellowship through Entwine, which organizes social action initiatives abroad for emerging Jewish-American leaders.
Darcy Thompson
Darcy Thompson
Executive Director, Louisville Story Program
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Darcy will attend the Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership at Stanford University, which mixes intensive sessions, hands-on workshops, and insightful interviews with thought leaders from academia, nonprofits, for-profits and government.

2017

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman
Rashaad Abdur-Rahman
Director, Metro Louisville's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
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Rashaad will complete site visits at 5 of the 6 National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention to deepen his understanding of violence as a public health problem.
Robert Curran
Robert Curran
Artistic and Executive Director, Louisville Ballet
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Robert will attend the Dance East Rural Retreat for current Artistic Directors, which will allow him to expand the collaborative possibilities for Louisville Ballet through international partnerships.
Neva-Marie Polley
Neva-Marie Polley
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Louisville
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Neva will attend the Rockwood Leadership Institute, which prepares leaders to affect social change. She will receive an intensive leadership evaluation so she may most effectively lead Legal Aid into its next century.
Sadiqa Reynolds
Sadiqa Reynolds
President and CEO, Louisville Urban League
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Sadiqa will attend a wellness retreat in Miraval, Arizona, where she will focus 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 will attend the NeighborWorks America Conference sessions on "Creating Economic Development" and "Strategies for a More Livable Neighborhood" in Washington D.C.

2016

Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye
Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye
Executive Director, Bridge Kids International
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Stacy took courses in Community Revitalization at the "NeighborWorks America Institute" and completed two in-community residencies at Uncharted Play in NY and Homeboy Industries in LA.
Natalie Harris
Natalie Harris
Executive Director, Coalition for the Homeless
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Natalie attended Harvard’s “NeighborWorks America Achieving Excellence” Executive Leadership program.
Chris Hartman
Chris Hartman
Director, Fairness Campaign
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Chris traveled to London, England, for an international LGBTQ gathering to enhance his ability to preserve LGBT history in Louisville and throughout Kentucky.
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.

2015

Kim Baker
Kim Baker
President, Kentucky Center for the Arts
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Kim will work with leaders in change management and servant leadership.
Karina Barillas
Karina Barillas
Director, La Casita Center
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Karina attended The Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford 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
The Healing Place »

Karyn will study 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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Anne McKune
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Senior Program Officer, Mission & Impact
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