Our RVC Block Party has been postponed to fall 2024.

Host Organizations

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Eligibility

The following is what we are looking for when we discuss a partnership to host a Community Impact Fellow and receive capacity building services:

  • Majority of staff & leadership (board & executive positions) are BIPOC-identified — 60-75% at minimum.
  • The fellow position must be a meaningful (to the org and the fellow), challenging, and career-building opportunity which involves decision-making power, professional development, and personal growth
  • Provide strong and consistent supervision, mentorship, and space for fellows to connect and build a robust network
    • Organizations need a minimum of 30 hrs/wk paid staff supervising the fellow
    • Supervisor must commit to weekly check-ins with fellows for at least 30 min
    • Be ready and available to build organizational capacity and committed to transformation
  • Organizations must be located in the Greater Seattle Area
  • Commitment to RVC Values of Leadership (Just, Community, Transformational, and Adaptive) & organizational change work

Commitments & Expectations

An application to host a fellow with us takes capacity: time, money, and energy! Before beginning to apply, take this quick self assessment to check if this partnership is a good fit for your organization. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this partnership isn’t the right fit for you.

Is the Fellowship Program the right fit for my organization?

  1. The majority of our staff & leadership (board & executive positions) are BIPOC identified.
  2. We have at least one paid staff member (with a minimum of 30 hrs/wk) available to supervise a fellow by implementing at least 30 min weekly check-ins.
  3. We are invested in the sector/field/community we’re working in, and envision continuing to work there for at least the next 3 years.
  4. We can offer a meaningful, challenging, and career-building job and opportunities that supports a fellow’s professional development and personal growth.
  5. We feel full alignment with RVC’s commitment and values around leadership: Transformational, Adaptive, Just, and Community. To learn more, read this: “A Paradigm-shifting Leadership Model”.
  6. We are ready and excited to build organizational capacity and committed to transformation for ourselves and organization.
  7. We are prepared to codesign a plan with a Capacity Building Lead that will involve working regularly with our staff and board.
  8. We understand the time commitment and, to the best of my knowledge, will be able to commit to the full program.
  9. We are ready and excited to invest in building relationships with the fellow, RVC staff, and other host organizations.

If you answered “yes” to all of the above list, please review what the commitments and expectations are for all participating organizations in this program.

What do I need to apply?

Complete an initial application form which will include the following: 

  1. Organizational Information: Mission & vision; values; board & staff demographics; operating budget size; location of office; and communities served.
  2. Fellow: Initial ideas for Fellow position (title, scope of work etc.) + intended supervisor
  3. Capacity Building: 3-5 ideas for capacity building projects for your organization, point of contact for capacity building work

Timeline

Aug 12 – Sept 13

Fri, Sept 14

Sept 16 – Sept 25

Sept 30 – Oct 25

Oct 28 – Nov 20

Nov 25 – Dec 5

Dec 5 – Jan 17

Jan 20 – 24
2025

Jan 27 – 31

Fri, Feb 21


Early Apr 2025

Application Open + Info Sessions

Application Deadline

App Reviews + Invitations for Intro Conversations

Intro Conversations

Readiness Assessment Round 1

Decision Making from Round 1 to Round 2

Readiness Assessment Round 2

Decision Making between Fellowship + Capacity Building Team

Cohort 5 Host Organizations Notification

Memorandum of Understandings between RVC + Host Orgs – Deadline to Sign

Host Organizations Onboarding Begins!

“The folks at RVC have been invaluable to my development. This my first time in a leadership role, let alone an ED of an organization. RVC’s values come through in terms of supporting Black and Brown leaders. I feel that love all the time, but especially when a lot more has fallen on my shoulders over the last 10 months. Their resources have been amazing.”

—Ryan Quigtar, Executive Director, Renton Innovation Zone Partnerships (RIZP)