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Offer: Cordes Fellowship Applications Now Open

The Opportunity Collaboration is a problem-solving, strategic retreat for nonprofit leaders, forprofit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers and social investors. On World Poverty Day in Ixtapa, Mexico, every Delegate is asked to be both a learner and a contributor. Break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation.

Fellowship applications are now being accepted. In total, 50 Cordes Fellows will be selected through an international competition. Recommendations from confirmed Delegates will be strongly considered by the distinguished jury panel. These scholarships (see website for policies and requirements) provide opportunities for the next generation of social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders to participate in the Opportunity Collaboration. The intent is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging, innovative social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises.
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Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to (a) open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders and (c) infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

“The Opportunity Collaboration was absolutely stunning! I was awestruck by the great insights on leading a superior management team and how to have good relations with donors which the instructors tackled in a brief, but concise way. For the first time in my life, I flew in a plane, visited a foreign nation and attended a high-profile conference. It was a life changing experience. Long live opportunity Collaboration!" -- Wiclif Otieno, Director, Kito International, Kenya.

PulseWire member Lin Wafula was awarded the Cordes Fellowship and attended Opportunity Collaboration in 2010. Read about her experience straight from the source here!
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Application Process & Deadlines

The application period is now open and closes on January 31, 2012. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application within 30 days of receipt.

Applicants must submit the following five items to the Opportunity Collaboration selection panel by emailing Fellowship@OpportunityCollaboration.net:

1) Personal resume.
2) An organizational website URL and/or a brief description (not to exceed one page) about the organizational mission, activities, current challenges to growth, etc.
3) Applicant should specify whether he or she is applying from an OECD or Non-OECD country. Cordes Fellowship Terms & Conditions, above.
4) Full contact information for two references from individuals personally familiar with the applicant’s accomplishments and abilities. Current and former Opportunity Collaboration Delegates are preferred references.
5) An organizational financial statement or balance sheet.

Once notified that an application is approved, a Fellow has thirty (30) days to accept the Cordes Fellowship by registering at the Opportunity Collaboration website. Fellows from OECD countries pay a non-refundable $750.00 registration fee. Fellows from non-OECD countries pay a refundable $250.00 application fee which is returned after the non-OECD Fellow attends the Opportunity Collaboration.

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