The first cohort of MCF Philanthropy fellows is here!
These four fellows will be employed by MCF and placed at the Bush Foundation for three years where they will work in Education or Community Innovation.
The 2014 fellows are:
- Carly Bad Heart Bull (right), an attorney in the child protection division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
- Venessa M. Fuentes (second from left), a philanthropy writer for Project for Pride in Living, a nonprofit that works with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services and education.
- Dameun Strange (left), co-founder and artistic director of Hopewell Music Cooperative North, a community classical music education program.
- Coya H. White Hat-Artichoker (third from left), a founding member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective, a coalition working to expand the understanding of tribal sovereignty within the larger LGBT community.
The Fellows will receive significant professional development and networking opportunities, while at the same time infusing new ideas and energy into the work of the Bush Foundation.
Alfonso Wenker, MCF’s new director of diversity, equity and inclusion, says he will use his position to help expand the MCF Philanthropy Fellowship to more foundations. “It’s exciting that in my new role at MCF I’ll be charged with taking a program the Bush Foundation nurtured and working to make it flourish throughout the philanthropic community.”
Read more about the 2014 Fellows on the Bush Foundation’s website. Applications for the 2015 Fellowship will open later this year.
A big welcome to all four!