Katherine Harvey Fellows Program Encourages Next Generation of Leaders
The Santa Barbara Foundation Newsletter
The Katherine Harvey Fellows program inspires, motivates, and educates – preparing its participants to become future community leaders. Those who become fellows are immersed in an education that provides the key elements of philanthropic work, grantmaking, and mentoring, engaged in an 18-month experiential learning opportunity that is truly transformational. Founded in 1999 by the Santa Barbara Foundation, the program is now run in partnership with the local, leadership nonprofit Leading From Within, both of which are pleased to announce a 15-member cohort for the class of 2013-2014.
“The Katherine Harvey Fellows program has given me the opportunity to meet new colleagues who share a passion and commitment to our community,” said Stephanie Langsdorf, current fellow and MPA, 3rd District Representative for Supervisor Doreen Farr’s office. “I know that engaging in this new challenge will complement my background in nonprofit management and public service.”
Each year, the Katherine Harvey Fellows Class selects a field of interest to invest in and fundraise, and the program culminates with the award of one-time grants to organizations in the community. Since 2000, the Katherine Harvey Fellows program has raised over $400,000, including matching funds from the Santa Barbara Foundation, and has funded agencies and projects such as Youth Making Change, Community Economic Relief Fund, and People’s Self Help Housing.
“This unique mentorship enables the exceptional fellows to understand firsthand what is involved in the many aspects of philanthropy. Participants deepen their knowledge about and commitment to community leadership and service – values that were exemplified by the life of the late philanthropist Katherine Harvey,” said Ronald Gallo, president & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “These individuals learn about pressing issues in order to explore ways to make a significant, lasting impact on the community.”
“I have seen many KHF alumni accept positions of board leadership around Santa Barbara County at critical nonprofits like the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, Partners in Education, the Scholarship Foundation, and Family Service Agency,” said Ken Saxon, founder of Leading From Within. “These young professionals bring energy, talent, and a broad network to each of their community roles as they continue to reshape our local communities for the better.”