Career Pathways

A talent pipeline expansion program

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About the Career Pathways Program

Career Pathways is designed for mid- to senior-level career professionals committed to strengthening their practice and building connections on the path to assuming executive leadership roles in the philanthropic sector. Participants in this highly selective program represent a wide range of foundations, grantmaking institutions, and philanthropic organizations. The Council on Foundations developed this program as a pipeline expansion program with the goal of promoting diversity among decision-makers in the field.  

In 2022, Career Pathways will host two virtual cohorts. The program will continue to provide its foundational programming, plus new modules on digital leadership and philanthropic practice in virtual settings. Cohort participants will be prepared to address the field’s current issues and develop the network and skillsets necessary to address the issues of the future. Upon graduation, participants will join stellar executive leaders in the Career Pathways Alumni peer community.  

Why This Program


Career Pathways is designed to accelerate the careers of diverse professionals in the philanthropic sector. Graduates of the program will deepen their expertise, expand their networks, and hone their leadership skills to advance the field.  

Career Pathways empowers individuals to become the best candidates they can be by cultivating philanthropic acumen, confidence, and networks. Participation in this program will build an individual's capacity to become even more effective in their current roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field of philanthropy.


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