CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute will hold three sessions of its LGBT Movement Leaders Fellowship program at Duke University and Gardner-Webb University’s Charlotte Campus over the summer and in the fall.

The initiative has been developed for executive directors of LGBT nonprofit organizations who “seek to expand their executive management skills, increase the efficiency and efficacy of their organizations and be part of a cohort of strong movement leaders across the country,” the institute said. It is being held in collaboration with the LTR Lewis Cloverdale Foundation, who funds the fellowship with a $250,000, five-year grant, reported. The foundation will provide sponsorship to up to four directors per year to attend, the website added.

In order to qualify, applicants must serve as an executive director of a primarily LGBT-serving nonprofit organization, have held the position for at least a year as of the start of the program (June 2013), and be committed to staying with the nonprofit for at least six months following the fellowship; have an organizational budget of at least $350,000 and no more than $5 million; and supervise a minimum of two full-time employees.

The Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management program will be held from June 3-10. Participants will receive the tools necessary to gain expertise in and be successful with their respective organizations. The class size is limited to 32. Eight key areas of nonprofit management will be explored through the coursework presented by experts in the field. More information about the program is available at

The Duke Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership program will be held from Oct. 14-18. This coursework will delve into expanding experienced nonprofit professionals’ skillset. Each will be given the opportunity to increase their capacity for effective entrepreneurial leadership through applied applied theoretical studies, executive skills training, and reflective practices in an interactive learning environment. Read more about the curriculum at

The fellowship program provides complete tuition, travel and lodging assistance. Likewise, participants are expected to attend and participate in the LGBT Leaders 2013 conference in Denver, Colo.

Registration opens on April 8 and application deadline is April 15. All applicants must apply to both Duke University Certificate in Nonprofit Management and to the Victory Institute.

The Nonprofit Management Program is also going to be offered in Charlotte on May 6-9 and May 20-23 at Garner-Webb University, Charlotte Campus, 803 Arrowridge Rd., Room 101. Deadline for registration is April 30 and is available online at

To learn more about the programs, including costs, visit

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.