Fellowship to Membership Pipeline

Applications are open for the 2022 Fellowship program! Join the next cohort of nonprofit leaders supercharging their leadership skills and building sustainability into their nonprofits and communities. Deadline for applications to be completed is Friday, October 8th.

‍“The Hello Neighbor Network truly has been instrumental in grounding our organization, Elmahaba Center, in our practice and in our theory. It's a lonely road supporting immigrants and refugees holistically in the United States, and having companions to join you on the road to practice care of our neighbors and to prioritize their voices and not ours is powerful, grounding, humbling. The Network has offered me that perspective, that resource really, of knowing that we're not alone, that others have trodden on this path before us, and that we're stronger together. As Audre Lorde said, ‘Without community, there is no liberation.’”

- Lydia Yousief, Executive Director of Elmahaba Center in Nashville, TN

Lydia Yousief
Executive Director of Elmahaba Center in Nashville, TN

“Being part of this network is the best thing for us as a young, emerging Non-Profit Organization that works for the betterment of the immigrant and refugee community.”

- Jamil Djibril Bah-Traore, Founder & Executive Director of The House of Bah Foundation

2023 Fellowship Applications Open

We're excited to announce that applications for our 2023 Fellowship are officially open!

The Hello Neighbor Network fellowship begins with an application and interview process. Selected candidates participate in a 10-month fellowship including skill-building and professional development, access to resources and networks, and a culminating presentation on a self-identified organizational project.

Read more about Fellow Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions below or review our 2023 Session Calendar.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, September 2nd. Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter for more information about Fellowship Information Sessions coming soon.

Apply Here!

Info Sessions

Interested in applying for our 2023 Fellowship but curious to hear more? Join us at one of three Network Information Sessions this summer to learn more about the Network and our Fellowship program

Info Session #1: July 29thInfo Session #2: August 10thInfo Session #3: August 23rdInfo Session #4: August 29th

Hello Neighbor Network Fellows

Fellow Eligibility

The nonprofit leaders who will benefit most from the Network meet the following criteria:

  • You are the Founder, Executive Director or CEO of the nonprofit
  • The nonprofit is a registered 501c3 organization
  • The organization was founded within the last 2-10 years
  • The organization’s budget is under $1,000,000
  • The organization has at least 1 paid staff member (can be part-time)
  • The organization does not receive federal funding for direct resettlement from one of the nine VOLAGS
  • The organization’s service population is made up of 50% or more refugees and immigrants
  • You most likely work in a city with a strong refugee population and have deep relationships with local refugee groups
  • You have time to dedicate to this fellowship (will vary based on the month and participant but we ask that you recognize that as a collective experience everyone needs to equally participate)
    Review our full listing of 2024 events
  • You’re excited to grow your organization!

Fellowship Benefits

Commitment to Equity

Hello Neighbor is committed to equity and inclusion in all application and selection processes. We encourage everyone to apply who is passionate about this work. Leaders from all walks of life belong in the Network. Reach out to us and let’s talk!

We understand that language can be a barrier to applications as well and we will provide language assistance as needed. Further, we are specifically committed to expanding the Network to include more leaders who are Black and indigenous and from refugee and immigrant communities. We encourage you to apply or reach out to us.

Hello Neighbor Network Fellowship Fees

Selected candidates contribute to the Network on a sliding scale based on the previous year’s organizational budget as follows:

Fellow Fee
Organizational Budget
$100,000 per year or less
$100,000-$250,000 per year
$250,000 per year or more

Fellows will receive travel stipends for the convenings including air and hotel. Unfortunately ground transportation is not included nor are additional family members.

Fellowship Timeline

Review our full listing of session dates. Monthly professional development sessions and independent project meetings are required to ensure Fellows get the most out of the experience and have the distinct opportunity of forming a tight knit peer Network to share expertise.

2024 Fellowship Calendar

Hello Neighbor Network Members

The Hello Neighbor Network is made up of current and former fellows from grassroots organizations across the country. As a member of the Network, you have access to the resources available to Fellows and are also eligible to contribute to the Network’s thought leadership through:

  • Leading webinars
  • Contributing as an author to Network publications and statements
  • Participating in innovative research publications
  • Co-creating guides and handbooks for nonprofits
  • Assisting with the optimization of Network resources and systems
  • Writing for our e-newsletter
  • And more!
Hello Neighbor Network Ongoing Member Fees
Ongoing Annual Fee
Organizational Budget
$100,000 per year or less
$100,000-$250,000 per year
$250,000 per year or more

After the Fellowship has ended, former Fellows may continue in the Network as ongoing members at a reduced annual fee.

See our Hello Neighbor Network Pledge here!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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