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to Foster the Development of Successful Women Leaders

Leadership Development Initiatives

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Valentine Foundation - Visionary Leadership Fund

Conf. Date:

02/08/22

Deadline Date:

03/14/22

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to support women in leadership roles. Preference is given to applicants of color and leadership teams that include women of color. Funding is intended to support organizations that provide leadership training for women currently working in the nonprofit sector and to help girls develop into the leaders of the future. Applicants serve the residents of the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Greater Philadelphia region refers to southeastern Pennsylvania counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia) as well as contiguous counties in southern New Jersey (Camden) and Delaware (New Castle).

The Fund for Visionary Leadership is committed to supporting leadership development for aspiring and executive women leaders of nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of women and girls in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The purpose of the VFVL is to strengthen the organizations that improve the lives of women and girls in the Greater Philadelphia region by:

  • Making current women leaders more effective,
  • Developing the next generation of women leaders, and
  • Fostering a community of women leaders.

The Valentine Fund for Visionary Leadership understands the characteristics of leadership apart from management and executive authority to include:

  • Demonstration of innovation and entrepreneurial vision (takes initiative, is not risk averse, seeks new solutions, partnerships, tries alternative approaches)
  • Credibility (knowledge of issues from the standpoint of content and policy. Demonstrated capacity for strategic synthesis of knowledge and practice).
  • Demonstration of the capacity to influence others with or without the formal authority or title.
  • Demonstration of the capacity to respect followers, promote their voices, and protect their interests.
  • Exhibition of generosity: Shares knowledge, power, and resources in the interest of an aim.
  • Demonstration of life decisions and actions consistent with a set of core values and ethics.
  • Demonstration of effectiveness. Achievements, even if modest, that reflect intelligence, creativity, vision, advocacy, and a healthy balance of outrage and optimism. 
  • Ability to think expansively about long term challenges.
  • Seeks new solutions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173712

Estimated Size of Grant:

A total grant pool of $40,000–$45,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations with paid staff operating in the Greater Philadelphia region whose primary focus and mission-driven activities serve to benefit women and/or girls, are eligible to apply. The Leadership Fund seeks to support both current and emerging women leaders and will accept nominations for an individual or a group from the eligible organization.

Consistent with Valentine Foundation’s commitment to support organizations whose primary focus is improving the lives of women and girls, applicant organizations must serve at least 70% female population OR have a program that serves 100% women and/or girls. If the organization is eligible because it has a program specifically for women and/or girls, then any individual leader/s who benefit from this grant funding must have an active role within or responsibility for said program.

Applicants may apply to both Valentine Foundation and the Fund for Visionary Leadership in the same grant year.

The VFVL seeks to support both current and emerging women leaders and will accept nominations for an individual or a group from the eligible organization. Board members may be included in groups only if the group also includes staff members.

Grants will only be made to qualifying organizations and will not be made to individuals.

The Fund for Visionary Leadership is not intended to support tuition associated with academic degree programs.

Funding will not be provided for men working in nonprofits that serve women and girls.

Pre-proposal Conference:

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022 the Foundation will host two virtual (online) information sessions.
- Session 1: 9:00am–10:00am
- Session 2: 5:00pm–6:00pm

Please register in advance for the session of your choice by email.

Pre-Application Information:

2022 Grant Schedule
- The application period is January 14–March 14, 2022.
- Reference copies of the application will be available for review prior to January 14, 2022.
- The application itself will be available online on January 14, 2022.
- Awards are made by May 2022 for leadership development activities initiated in 2022–2023.

Individual leaders may complete the application but the application should be on behalf of the organization and must be explicitly endorsed by the Executive Director or Board, if proposed leader is the Executive Director.

Visionary Leadership Fund: https://www.valentinefoundation.org/visionary-leadership-fund/
Video - Account Creation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O2-rkkxy9iQ1WLx2LKaBYr9LgFoXfaqt/view
Video - Apply for a Grant: https://vimeo.com/user38479606/review/218825690/21ea160857
FAQs: https://www.valentinefoundation.org/visionary-leadership-fund/frequently-asked-questions/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/valentinefoundation/Common/LogOn.aspx

Alexandra V. A. Frazier, Executive Director
Phone: 610-283-5579
Email: info@valentinefoundation.org

Valentine Foundation
1117 Marine Way East
Apt. K4R
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware: New Castle County;   New Jersey: Camden County;   Pennsylvania: Southeastern Pennsylvania counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia

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