Step One

Before you begin your application, carefully review The LDR Program, which provides an overview of the program. Please make note of the meeting dates and program requirements, confirming your availability to participate fully in the program.

Step Two

Prepare your application, which includes your resume, essays, and a letter of recommendation from the Executive Director of your organization.  See below for additional details.


Provide a current resume (no more than 2 pages) which includes information about your current position. Save your resume as a Word or PDF document. The file should be named "last_name, first_name Resume 2018". For example, "Jones, Mary Resume 2018". You will be asked to upload this document in Step 3.


Describe in two to three pages:

  1. one lesson you have learned about good leadership and how you learned it;
  2. one example of a challenge you face as a manager or leader today;   
  3. your reason(s) for wanting to be an Executive Director (or hold another senior role) of a nonprofit organization; and
  4. provide a brief outline of what your LDR project might entail.  See Program Description materials regarding the project as well as Recommendation detail  below.

Save your essay response as a Word or PDF document. The file should be named "last_name, first_name Essay 2018". For example, "Jones, Mary Essay 2018". You will be asked to upload this document in Step 3.


Please obtain a recommendation for your participation written by your organization’s Executive Director.  The letter of recommendation should include at least:

  • The ED’s recommendation as to why you are an excellent candidate for the Program,
  • Description of how your participation will add value or capacity to your organization, and;
  • Potential area(s) for your project focus during the Program.  This is intended to jump start your conversation with your ED regarding the Project you will assume.  If you are accepted to the program a more detailed plan will be required.

Please scan the recommendation and save it as a PDF document. The file should be named "last_name, first_name Recommendation 2018". For example, "Jones, Mary Recommendation 2018". You will be asked to upload this document in Step 3.

Step Three

Gather all documents in accordance with the instructions outlined in Step 2. Then access the Online LDR Application Form. You will be prompted to upload your resume, essay and letter of recommendation before entering your contact and background information via the online LDR application form.  Note: complete sections in the order they appear; you will not be able to go back to previous sections. You will not be able to save and return to the application form; please complete the online application form only when your documents are final.

After submitting your application, we will send a confirmation via email that your LDR application was received.  Finalists may be interviewed by phone prior to final cohort selection. 

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