NGen | Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now

Meet the 2015 American Express NGen Fellows

Independent Sector is pleased to present the next cohort of 12 American Express NGen Fellows, who will begin their year-long fellowship at the IS conference in Miami, October 27-29, 2015.  Meet the Fellows here.

Just released - The Necessary Challenge: Understanding and Fostering Innovation in the Social Sector

Interested in learning how your organization can foster a culture of innovation? The 2014 American Express NGen Fellows report examines this question and explores how the sector might mitigate barriers and encourage stronger, more sustainable innovation within the charitable sector. Read the executive summary with key insights or browse the full report.

Nominations now accepted for the 2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award

Inspired by Julieta Garibay, a champion of youth and immigrant rights? Whether you nominate yourself or another for the 2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award, we encourage you to help us elevate the leaders who are shaping our future. The nomination period is open through Monday, February 15, 2016. Learn more.

Independent Sector's NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders From Next to Now builds the capacity of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders age 40 and under to have significant impact on society's toughest challenges. Over the past five years, NGen leaders have addressed society's most complex leadership challenges, realized personal growth, and accessed a strong network of visionary, committed leaders. Emerging leaders in NGen have opportunities for: 

  • Professional and leadership development,
  • Networking and peer support,
  • Connections with established sector leaders, and
  • Recognition for achievements.

The NGen program contributes to the cultivation of new talent, empowers NGeners to contribute to their organizations, and emphasizes the role of emerging leaders in the development of the broader nonprofit community.

Hear from our 2014 NGen Fellows on their experiences serving organizations in the sector

Clayton Lord, VP of Local Arts Advancement at Americans for the Arts, enjoys working side-by-side with leaders from diverse professional backgrounds.

Dwayne Marshall, Director of Programs & Partnerships at the Southeastern Council on Foundations, sees value in the Fellows program's focus on leadership development

Kristen Cambell, formerly of the National Conference on Citizenship, sees the Fellows program as a way to find  and focus in on your professional strengths.

Sunil Oommen, Managing Director of Major Gifts at Amnesty International USA, says that the opportunity to network with other emerging leaders in our Fellows program provides insight on his career goals.

Join the new NGen Online Community on LinkedIn

Independent Sector's NGen Program is proud to present the brand-new NGen Online Community on LinkedIn. With your leadership, the new NGen Online Community will grow into a dynamic and energizing forum where emerging leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector can build relationships, exchange ideas, share best practices and emerging trends, and support each other in tackling our society’s toughest challenges. Click here to learn more or join the group


Throughout the year, emerging leaders can get involved with IS NGen in the following ways:

Email with any suggestions for or questions about NGen programming or to be added to the NGen mailing list.


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