Philanthropy Fellows

Our Philanthropy Fellows have taken on every challenge and enhanced our capacity to serve the community. Supporting our Community Health Needs Assessment, strategic planning, and philanthropy services, Fellows provided analytical support, conducted literature reviews, and supported team members in preparing presentations. The Philanthropy Fellows Program has been an extremely rewarding experience for both the Fellows and Kaiser Permanente."
Tanya Edelin, Kaiser Permanente

About the Program

The Philanthropy Fellows program is a partnership between WRAG and the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute. Through the program, WRAG connects our member organizations with UMD students studying philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at the School of Public Policy. 

This innovative internship pipeline and professional development program provides WRAG members with knowledgeable and skilled fellows. It also provides the next generation of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in grantmaking, build a professional network, and learn about local community needs. Read: "WRAG's Philanthropy Fellows program is powering future leaders" (April 2017)

WRAG will accept applications from our members to host a Philanthropy Fellow for Fall 2019/Academic Year 2019-20 until May 10, 2019

Application for WRAG Members 
2019 Program Guide & Frequently Asked Questions (everything you need to know!)
Sample Philanthropy Fellow Position Descriptions

Additional resources for host organizations:
Sample First Day Orientation Checklist
Sample Evaluation Template

For more information about the program and how to apply to host a fellow, please contact Rebekah Seder

Meet Our Fellows

Click here to learn about the 2019 - 2020 Philanthropy Fellows!

Since 2011, UMD students have interned at a number of local philanthropic organizations, including AARP Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Capital One, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Community Foundation for Montgomery County, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Community Foundation for Prince George's County, Exponent Philanthropy, Greater Washington Community Foundation, Healthcare Initiative Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, The Meyer Foundation, Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth & Families, United Way of the National Capital Area, Venture Philanthropy Partners, Washington Area Women's Foundation, WRAG, and many more!  


Tenneh Kemah, fellow at The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The biggest takeaway from my time at Cafritz is the fact that grantmakers and nonprofit direct service providers really are partners. By working at Cafritz, I realize now that an important role of nonprofit leaders is to closely engage and build relationships with grantmakers. By doing so, we truly can work together to accomplish our shared missions. [Read more.]

Stephanie Areizaga, former fellow at the Montgomery County Collaboration Council

The Philanthropy Fellows program has provided me with the ideal opportunity to bring my knowledge out of the classroom and apply it to real nonprofit programming. As I look toward my future career path, I know I have the academic knowledge and practical skills for entering the nonprofit field. [Read more.]

Kevin Donnelly, former fellow at the Community Foundation in Montgomery County

One of the most eye-opening things during my fellowship was the revelation of how substantial the needs are in Montgomery County. I have lived here almost my entire life but it was not until now that I understood the difficulties many of my neighbors experience. [Read more.]

Jessica Finkel, former fellow at Kaiser Permanente

My fellowship has been one of the most invaluable experiences during my Master’s program. Not only have I gained an understanding of data analysis, but I have also found my passion in policy and public health: how health disparities impact individuals and communities. [Read more.]

Catie Oidtman, former fellow at Healthcare Initiative Foundation

My fellowship at HIF has given me opportunities that go far beyond just learning about the work of a foundation. On site visits, I have seen firsthand how empathy and human connection are critical to addressing complex health issues and to making a positive social impact. [Read more.]

Ashley Williams, former fellow at Capital One

This experience has provided new tools for thinking creatively about natural connections between business strategy and community need, and about how grantmaking can increase effectiveness by using a systems-approach to address social issues. [Read more.]



About the University of Maryland's Do Good Institute

At the University of Maryland, we are reinventing the college experience by producing future pioneers and entrepreneurial leaders who will address the challenges of the 21st century. The School of Public Policy and its Do Good Institute are transforming students’ idealism into extraordinary outcomes through rich learning experiences built on real-world application. As our state and world's problems grow increasingly complex and interconnected, the Do Good Institute at Maryland will develop generations of alumni who create innovative projects and ventures that will produce dramatic results at home and abroad.