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Community Impact Fellowship

Standing with arms around each other, a large group of fellows smile for the camera.

The Community Impact Fellowship Program was created to strengthen leaders of color and BIPOC-led + serving grassroots organizations in the Greater Seattle Area. This program is a 2.5-year commitment to partner with RVC to do two things:

  1. Build and co-invest in an opportunity for a fellow to contribute to your organization in a meaningful, challenging, transformative, and career-building way, and,
  2. Build and invest in 2-4 capacity building projects for your organization to be sustainable (for your staff, the communities served, and for your mission)

This program is a commitment to both capacity building for your organization and to receive and work with a fellow as they engage in a cohort-model leadership development program. Our capacity building and fellowship teams work in tandem with each other and we see success in this collective effort.

  • We are looking for fellowship host organizations/partners for Cohort 5 of the Community Impact Fellowship Program which is set to start September 2025.

Supporting Fellows & Host Organizations

Cross-collaboration between Fellowship and Capacity Building teams provides an opportunity to have an integrated understanding of each organization and their needs, while also preparing them to have tools ready to support their onboarding of the incoming Fellow. This collaboration continues through the fellowship program, with the Fellowship team providing coaching support as a two-year leadership development curriculum, and the Capacity Building team continuing to work with the host organizations.

Yecelica (“yjv”) Valdivia
(they/them)
Fellowship Program Strategy & Capacity Lead

Christian Moore
(he/him)
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Karina Arroyo
(she/they)
Fellowship Program Coordinator II

What is capacity-building?

  1. Definition: the process of building and strengthening the systems, structures, cultures, skills, resources, and power that organizations need to serve their communities. 
  2. Capacity builders are the individuals and organizations that work with nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers to overcome the barriers that nonprofits face in fulfilling their missions. These barriers can be internal to organizations (such as understaffing or lack of infrastructure) or external (such as lack of coordination among organizations providing a continuum of care)
  3. Examples of Capacity Building Processes: organizational assessments, strategic planning, organizational culture, and human resource support, board development and training, fundraising training, financial management, and executive coaching.

Sandra Amolo
(she/her)
Capacity Building Program Director

Shalom Cook
(she/her)
Capacity Building Lead

Harshika Kara
(she/her)
Capacity Building Lead

Bo Leong
(he/him)
Capacity Building Lead

Roshni Sampath
(she/her)
Co-Executive Director