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Piper Fellows

Fellowships to Maricopa County, Arizona Nonprofit
Leaders for Professional Development Sabbaticals

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

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Deadline Date:

09/01/17 Receipt


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Fellowships of up to $90,000 to Maricopa County, Arizona individuals in leadership positions at local nonprofit organizations to take a sabbatical for professional development. The fellow’s organization may operate in the areas of education, health, human services, religion, or arts and culture. An information session will take place on May 22.

The Piper Fellows program acknowledges the never-ceasing demands of nonprofit leadership and offers opportunities for nonprofit leaders to reach, retool, and revitalize.

A Piper Fellow’s sabbatical allows work release time and can be taken all at once or divided into several smaller projects or programs. Fellow candidates are encouraged to explore educational and professional programs and visit model program sites and leaders across the nation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180966

Number of Grants:

Piper Trust offers up to six fellowship awards annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

A Piper Fellowship offers the potential for a $90,000 Piper Trust commitment to a Fellow’s organization:
- Piper Trust offers fellowship awards of $30,000 (maximum) to support professional development.
- A Piper Fellowship also includes a $10,000 grant award for staff and board development and makes the Fellow’s organization eligible for a grant up to $50,000 for a Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award during the sabbatical or within six months of completion.

Term of Contract:

Fellow must begin his/her work plan in January of the year following selection.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified Organizations:

The candidate’s employing organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has provided services primarily within Maricopa County for at least 10 years* in human services, health, education, arts and culture, or religion. The employing organization must:

-Fully support the candidate’s request for leave to participate in the Piper Fellows program and submit a work plan for organizational management during the candidate’s absence and upon the candidate’s return.

-Guarantee all salary and benefits and continue full-time employee status of the candidate during the period of leave.

-Be able to sustain regular operations during the candidate’s absence.


Strong candidates are leaders who have significant responsibilities for a nonprofit organization serving Maricopa County in the areas of human services, health, education, arts and culture, or religion. Employees of organizations classified as private foundations under Section 509(a) are not eligible. A candidate for the Piper Fellows program should:

-Be an outstanding leader who has a demonstrated track record of leadership within the organization and service to the community.

-Be responsible for a significant level of management of the organization’s programmatic or operational activities.

-Have worked a minimum of seven years in the nonprofit sector, though not necessarily for a single organization.

-Be a full-time employee of the applicant organization.

Requirements of a Piper Fellow:

-Begin his/her work plan in January of the year following selection.

-Submit a report to Piper Trust within three months of completion of the Piper Fellowship. Reports should detail the professional development activities during the release period and how the experiences will be applied and help better serve the mission of the organization.

-Participate in periodic activities during the fellowship year and in subsequent years to build on individual and shared experiences, foster continued professional development, and stimulate potential collaboration among the Piper Fellow organizations.

*Each year the selection committee may choose to award a fellowship(s) to an Emerging Leader(s) whose organization has operated for five or more years. For consideration, the nonprofit leader must meet all candidate-specific requirements.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session will take place:

Monday, May 22, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (PDT)
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
1202 E Missouri Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Pre-Application Information:

Application/Selection Timeline:

-September 1: Deadline for receipt of Piper Fellows applications via online portal.

-October-November: Finalist Interviews at Piper Trust offices

-Early December: Public announcement of Piper Fellows


Application Resources:

Contact Information:

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

To register for the information session:

Apply Online:

Susan M. Pepin, MD, MPH, President and CEO

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
1202 East Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona, 85014

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Maricopa County