What to Know About Catalysts Together
Why did Longwood Foundation create Catalysts Together?
Does participation in Catalysts Together give me an advantage in Longwood's grantmaking process?
If I apply to Catalysts Together, can my organization still apply for an upcoming Longwood grantmaking cycle?
Why should I participate in Catalysts Together?
Are you looking to be challenged to think critically in a safe environment with your peers to make better decisions? Would you like to join a program that is responsive to your needs and your organization’s needs? Do you think investing in yourself can be a catalyst to strengthen your organization? Then Catalysts Together is the program for you. Learn more about deciding to apply here.
What is the cost to participate?
The pilot program costs $3,500. Limited scholarships that reduce costs to $1,750 are available for organizations that have budgets under $1,000,000 and demonstrate need through a scholarship application. The scholarship application details will be released to eligible candidates who are invited to the Selection Event.
Payment arrangement information will be released to candidates who are invited to participate in the program. Acceptable forms of payment will include ACH and check.
Who is eligible to apply?
The program is open to any executive leader and organization that fit the criteria, including past and aspiring Longwood Foundation grantees. Ideally, you will have at least 3 years’ experience as a paid Executive Director and manage paid staff. In addition, the following requirements apply:
- The leader must be the current, full-time, paid, Executive Director (or similar title)
- The organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) that serves the state of Delaware and/or Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
- The organization should ideally have a budget between $500,000 – $5,000,000.
How many participants are invited to the inaugural program?
The program will accept up to 20 participants who will be placed into two cohort groups. The convenings, the retreat, and the intensive will include both cohort groups.
What is the time commitment?
What is the Capacity Building Wallet?
The Capacity Building Wallet is a financial incentive for leaders participating in their first year of Catalysts Together. This pot of opt-in funds is set aside per organization to be responsive to the unique capacity building needs of the leader and/or their organization. These funds allow leaders to test theories, fund uncommon needs and/or serve as learning investments for larger grant requests, all in service of advancing their organization. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Funding admission, travel and lodging to a national conference that will help the leader gain exposure
- Paying for a 4-week program for the leadership team on using data effectively
The amount of the Capacity Building Wallet per organization is yet to be determined but will be less than $10,000. Participants who opt in will be able to utilize the funds starting in January 2024.
Who are the vendors, facilitators and presenters involved with Catalysts Together?
Catalysts Together pairs national vendors in leadership and nonprofit advancement with talented local vendors to execute a best-in-class leadership program.
Is a letter of recommendation required for me to begin the program?
While a formal recommendation is not required, selected participants must complete a commitment form and have it signed by their Board of Directors leadership.
Will I experience work interruption?
Catalysts Together is designed to benefit and be responsive to both the individual participants and their organizations. Full-time employment, with all work responsibilities, has been assumed in the program design.
Nevertheless, the support of participants’ organizations will be paramount, as Peer Forums and other activities will require brief absences from work. Executives should work with their Board of Directors to ensure that work obligations are met.
How is confidentiality maintained between participants and Longwood Foundation?
Who are the nonprofit leaders that served as co-designers?
- Adam Lamb, Brandywine Valley SPCA
- AliShah Watson, Culture Restoration Project
- Ankur Arya, LYTE Scholars
- Dave Beaver, Delaware Center for Justice
- Drew Serres, Network Delaware
- Jennifer Thompkins, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League
- Kate DuPont Phillips, Healthy Communities Delaware
- Linda Jennings, Community Education Building
- Logan Herring, The WRK Group (Warehouse, Kingswood, Reach Riverside)
- Louise Cummings, Supporting Kidds
- Markevis Gideon, NERDiT (for profit)/NERDiT Cares
- Molly Giordano, Delaware Art Museum
- Richard Garrett, Children’s Beach House
What are the other local leadership programs offered to nonprofit leaders?
Catalysts Together is proud to operate alongside a rich group of leadership programs that support nonprofit leaders at various levels and/or nonprofit organizations. Learn more about them here:
For Individual Leader Discovery
Leadership Delaware (accepting applications)
University of Delaware’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program (accepting applications)
For Individual Leader Discovery and Organization Effectiveness
DANA Board Chair & CEO Leadership Series
DANA Accelerator (attend an information session on August 9, 2023 – noon to 1:00 p.m. or August 9, 2023 – noon to 1:00 p.,m)