Unity Fellows


Meet Our 2019 Unity Fellows Cohort!



The Unity Fellowship is a capacity building and strategic leadership development program for nonprofit leaders designed to address the over-saturation and underdevelopment of the Durham non-profit community. The goal of the Unity Fellows program is to train nonprofit leaders in key organizational practices that promote long term organizational stability, while elevating key leadership skills that are specifically calibrated to Durham’s local context.


Learn more about Julie Wells, our Unity Fellows Director, here:


October 15th- Application Deadline

November 1st- Participants Notified

December 1st- Cohort Announced Publicly

January 15th- Cohort Begins

May 15th- Cohort Concludes

Focus Areas

Participants in the Unity Fellowship participate in 10 intensives over 4 months that focus on building capacity within the following key organizational stability goals:

Organizational Identity
Determining your Vision; Mission; and Values

Financial and Other Systems Administration
Setting a Budget; Conducting Cash Flow Analysis; Auditing; IRS Reporting, Creating Financial policies, Managing Day-to Day Operations

Long Range Strategic Planning
Setting Goals and Objectives; Determining KPI Metrics, Basic Data Analysis, Shaping Outcomes

Long Range Fundraising Planning
Needs and Resource Assessment; Donor Cultivation; Grant Writing

Annual Operational Planning
Setting Objectives, Creating Evaluation Systems, Activities & Timelines; Managing a Staff; Identifying Program Needs and outcomes; Committed Resources, volunteers

Board Development Planning
Needs Assessment; Evaluation; Recruitment; Orientation; Maintenance/Team Building

Staff Development and Organizational Culture Building

Needs Assessment; Evaluation & Review; Training; Team Building


Special Thanks to our Sponsors!