dukeThe Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute today announced the launch of the LGBT Movement Leaders Fellowship, a new program designed to provide executive directors of LGBT organizations with critical nonprofit management skills and a national network of their peers.

Funded with a $250,000, five-year grant from The LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation, the LGBT Movement Leaders Fellowship will sponsor up to four executive directors in year one to attend the prestigious Duke University Nonprofit Management Program. The program provides a structured and rigorous grounding in the establishment, operation, and continuation of a successful nonprofit. The first class of Fellows will begin this June in Durham, N.C.

Similar to Victory’s established David Bohnett LGBT Leaders Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Duke program is intended to be an investment in the people who are leading the LGBT movement.  “The fight for equality is only as successful as the people and organizations that wage it.  Duke’s nonprofit management program will provide critical skills to our emerging nonprofit leaders to ensure their long-term success,” said Chuck Wolfe, President & CEO of the Victory Institute.

“All of us have benefited from strong LGBT organizations like Victory that work so hard for equality around the country,” said Terrance P. Baggott, chairman of The LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation. “This program will help ensure that the leaders at the helm of these organizations are prepared for new challenges in today’s competitive environment for resources and talent.”

Applications to the LGBT Movement Leaders Fellowship are due April 15. Find out more at www.victoryinstitute.org/movementleaders.