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The first 14 FNL fellows work to advance social, racial, and economic equity in communities across the United States.

The Fund for New Leadership (FNL) searches for talent in every corner of the country and supports America’s emerging social changemakers who are working to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. Divisiveness, economic inequities and barriers to opportunity are tearing at the very fabric of our society. These historic and persistent problems do not lend themselves to simple or traditional solutions.

All across the country, local innovators, leaders and social entrepreneurs are on the ground, making a difference in their communities and forging new solutions. But few ever gain the recognition and support to break through on a large scale.

That is where FNL comes in. We asked ourselves: What would happen if these start-ups and up-and-coming agents of social change had more resources and support early on? What if they have a new partner, truly in their corner, taking a risk on them and their idea as they make a way out of no way?

We believe early, up-front investments are key to launching emerging leaders and catalyzing their transformative impact.


FNL’s three-year program identifies undiscovered talent taking on major challenges, furnishing them with the support necessary to make a bigger impact earlier in their careers.

The fellowships provide a cohort experience, as well as individualized training, group mentoring, and peer learning experiences over a 36-month period.

Grants are unrestricted in nature and allow fellows to identify during the application process how they plan to use the financial investment to grow their impact.

FNL fellowships offer peer coaching, leadership training and mentoring opportunities.
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