The Morgridge Acceleration Program Fellowship

Accelerate your Skills

The Morgridge Acceleration Program (MAP) Fellowship matches emerging leaders with non-profits looking to create long-term and positive impact, while developing professional skill sets and networks. The MAP Fellowship’s unique alchemy is its focus on experiential co-learning to empower strategic growth. Harnessing the passion of non-profit work, the program cultivates tomorrow’s leaders, challenging them to think differently, work strategically, and innovate solutions.

Please note that as of February 14th, 2020 applications to the MAP Fellowship have closed. 

Spark New Networks

Six leading organizations representing different industries have issued unique challenges designed to engage Fellows in the intense and rewarding experience of change-making. Benefiting from elite mentorship and access to a community of like-minded peers, Fellows will unlock and unleash their potential to build sustainable solutions for mission-driven organizations driving progress in the fields of education, conservation, impact investing, museums, literacy, and philanthropy. 

Furthermore, Fellows bring the lessons they learn and relationships they build back to their full-time positions, sharing the knowledge and networks they gain with their primary employer and colleagues. 

The MAP Fellowship serves as an extension of the Morgridge Family Foundation mission, which is to invest in organizations and people that reimagine solutions to some of today’s biggest challenges. Through MAP, Fellows will reach across sectors to challenge the status quo, foster new and meaningful connections, amplify awareness of important issues, and spark the sustainable change needed to achieve a profound and lasting impact.


Fellows receive hands on guidance from non-profit leaders at the top of their industries. Click through to learn more about each Mentor, their organization, and the challenge they’re posing.

  • 1 Impact100
    Philanthropy Traverse City, Michigan
    Wendy Steele, Impact100

    Opportunity: Fundraising

    Challenge: Propose the best vehicle(s), language and methodology to establish a sustainable flow of recurring gifts to support the critical work of Impact100.

    Gimme more: Impact100 is poised to shortly hire a Chief Advancement Officer. This new position will have aggressive fundraising goals, focused on larger gifts. In preparation, they have updated their digital presence, refreshed their brand, collected robust data on their audiences and are ready to capitalize on the strong momentum they’ve built thus far. They need help casting a wider net to attract a broad donor base that will support their work.

    Mentor: Wendy Steele launched Impact100 in 2001, which empowers women to fund transformational grants of $100,000 or more to communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness. Her model has been replicated around the world and given away more than $67 million.

  • 2 TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity
    Philanthropy Anaheim, CA
    Michelle Kim, TGR Foundation

    Opportunity: Strategic Planning

    Challenge: Develop a strategic plan to engage multi-national CSR partners interested in investing in human capital development through education.

    Gimme more: According to a World Economic report on the future of jobs and skills, education and work in Sub-Saharan Africa will determine the livelihoods of nearly a billion people in the region and drive growth and development for generations to come. Because the TGR Foundation provides access and equity in education and empowers students to pursue their passions through education, they need help developing a viable and sustainable plan for designing, developing and delivering STEM education and job readiness programs in underserved communities throughout the world.

    Mentor: Michelle Kim has served as a VP of Strategic Partnerships at TGRF for 16 years. Previously, she served as Global HR Director at Accenture, served as an advisor to Johns Hopkins University, KPCC-Southern California Public Radio and several Silicon Valley social impact firms.

  • 3 Global Conservation Corps
    Conservation Atlanta, GA & Johannesburg, South Africa
    Matthew Lindenberg, Global Conservation Corps

    Opportunity: Community engagement

    Challenge: Expand GCC’s network of U.S. supporters by creating a web of chapters across states to support their work.

    Gimme more: GCC has hit a point of critical growth and is ready to scale, but needs to engage communities across the U.S. They have the story, branding and means to communicate their message in a moving and effective way, and aim to further their reach through the creation of local chapters. This expanded network will be critical to awareness and fundraising efforts that support sustainable rhino conservation. They need help creating a model for establishing GCC chapters, including systems to recruit, onboard and support, “GCC Ambassadors” and develop best practices.

    Mentor: Matt Lindenberg founded the Global Conservation Corps to conserve the world’s most precious wildlife by working with the people and communities who border conservation areas. He holds a B.S. in geography and zoology from the University of South Africa, and an M.S. in Conversation Biology from Grand Valley State University, Michigan. Previously he served at the Southern African Wildlife College, where he worked as a field guide, community-liaison officer and field-ranger instructor.

  • 4 Denver Museum of Nature and Science
    Museums Denver, CO
    Senera Bruzgo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    Opportunity: Branding

    Challenge: Rebrand a 100+ year old institution to more accurately reflect its current state: modern, innovative, fresh, and community-driven.

    Gimme more: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is one of the world’s leading museums, serving 2M people annually. The Museum’s Everyone, Everywhere strategic plan places significant emphasis on making science fun and inclusive, offering new experiences to reach people where they live, work, play, and learn. DMNS wants to expand their presence throughout the state and reflect an updated experience that is modern and dynamic. They have completed market research and need help finding the Museum’s voice and sharing it’s story of meaningful impact.

    Mentor: Serena Bruzgo joined the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in 2016 where she leads the Development and Marketing teams. Previously, she founded Community Investment Advisors, and held progressive leadership roles at the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association. She also led successful campaigns, for the United States Air Force Academy Association for Graduates, Freedom Service Dogs of America and Avial University.

  • 5 MIT Solve
    Business Cambridge, MA
    Casey van Der Stricht, MIT Solve

    Opportunity: Impact Investing

    Challenge: Develop a more nuanced understanding and targeted investment strategy for entrepreneurs working in developing economies and with vulnerable populations, based on market conditions, including (but not limited to) foreign exchange risk, existing venture capital ecosystem, and debt markets.

    Gimme more: Solve Innovation Future (“SIF”) is an impact-focused venture investment vehicle held as a Donor-Advised Fund (“DAF”), which will allow Solve to direct catalytic investments in early-stage entrepreneurs solving global challenges. SIF is new, and if they don’t adapt and evolve quickly it will impede their ability to build an evergreen vehicle that disrupts traditional philanthropy. If they do succeed in creating a targeted investment strategy across sectors and geographies, it will be the first of its kind. So, they need help developing a renewable philanthropic vehicle focused on increasing impact by informing investment strategy.

    Mentor: Casey van der Stricht is Principal of Solve Innovation Future, an innovative vehicle designed to make investments in the Solver teams. Casey joined MIT Solve from Social Finance, where she was Vice President of Social Investments. She has experience in management consulting, financial services, and the nonprofit sector. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in history from Yale University.

  • 6 Brink Literacy Project
    Literacy Denver, Colorado & Edinburgh, Scotland
    Dani Hedlund, Project Brink

    Opportunity: Curriculum Development

    Challenge: Create and implement a strategy to use F(r)iction as a teaching tool in high school and university classrooms.

    Gimme more: Although F(r)iction, a premier literary magazine, is enjoyed by readers around the world, the publication is specifically curated to increase literacy, critical thinking, and engagement with diverse cultural, political, and socio-economic issues. As it reaches its pivotal 5th year, developing a system to bring it to classrooms will help grow readership and create vital expansion to help safe-guard its future. So, they need help creating and implementing a strategy to use F(r)iction in schools, including surveying teachers, creating responsive curriculum and marketing packages, targeting specific educational institutions, tracking educator reception and reporting.

    Mentor: Dani Hedlund founded Brink Literacy Project at the age of 19 to champion new and diverse stories. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the critically acclaimed publication, F(r)iction, one of the fastest growing literary magazines in the world. She travels the globe, working to increase literacy rates, empower underserved communities through storytelling, and elevate their stories into the national conversation in order to spur large-scale cultural and political change.

Nuts and bolts of the program:

So, who is the ideal MAP Fellow?

  • You have a proven track record for displaying imagination, initiative, and integrity in your personal and professional life.
  • You are a problem solver, not a problem spotter.
  • You possess the education, skills, and experience that align with the challenge(s) to which you’re applying.
  • You think big, and see yourself as a social entrepreneur who will continue innovating the public sector.
  • You are an active, energized, and empathetic member to the communities to which you belong. 

You’re ready to take your career to the next level.

This isn’t a Fellowship focused on upskilling talented individuals. The program unlocks and unleashes up-and-coming innovators who have demonstrated remarkable accomplishments early in their careers. It’s an energized cohort who crave opportunity for collaboration and coaching from esteemed leaders in their field.

Being a MAP Fellow is not a full-time job. It is a rigorous and coveted professional development opportunity to be completed in conjunction with pre-existing employment. Each Fellow pledges to dedicate approximately 10 hours a month, or 60 hours throughout the duration of the program, toward tackling the challenge identified by their Mentor. This time is largely self-directed and Mentors are available for collaboration, coaching, and feedback.

Individuals selected for the MAP Fellowship are not required to live in the same city as their Mentor. The majority of the program can be completed remotely. There are no age requirements to be eligible, and applicants may apply to more than one challenge through the online portal.

While Fellows are not paid directly for their time with the program, all expenses and experiences associated with the MAP Fellowship are fully funded by the Morgridge Family Foundation. This includes various travel, accommodations, meals, and professional development opportunities.

Building leadership, catalyzing connections.

Each Fellow will be given two sessions with an executive coach. This time will be used to set goals for the program, and connect learnings from the Fellowship back to their full-time jobs.

Fellows must be available to:

  • Attend a kick-off event in Washington, D.C. April 16-17 2020. This includes:
    • A welcome dinner with the entire Mentor and Fellow cohort.
    • Time for Mentor/Fellow teams to meet in-person and create a plan for their collaboration.
    • A day-long leadership development program hosted by the Aspen Institute.
  • Attend a culmination celebration in Denver, CO on October 16th.
    • Fellows will give a presentation in Denver to an invited audience of private and public sector leaders. A networking reception will follow.
    • A formal celebration dinner with the entire cohort will cap off the evening.

Additionally, Fellows are provided with the following funding and support:

  • A $5,000 professional development stipend to be used for a shared learning experience with their mentor. The use of these funds is only limited by the imagination of each Fellow and Mentor team and their ability to connect it to their work together.
  • Fellows will be funded for a two-day site visit to their Mentor’s organization. This will be an additional opportunity for in-person collaboration, relevant on-the-ground work related to their challenge, and shadow their Mentor

Fellows will have the opportunity to process and share learnings from the program to internal and external audiences:

  • Fellows will create one digital piece to be featured on the Morgridge Family Foundation Website.
  • Fellows will write a case-study of the problem they set out to solve, their approach to doing so, and if they were successful or not. These case-studies will be published by MFF Publishing, and distributed to each Fellow upon completion of the program.

All Fellows agree to participate in a monthly, 45 minute “MAP Mindmeld”. These remote conference calls will take place on a mutually agreed upon time. These sessions will have group curriculum to develop Fellows’ leadership skills. Additionally, each individual Fellow will be given one “MAP Mindmeld”  to workshop their challenge with their cohort. While this is a formal time for Fellows to discuss and share their experiences, the group will also have access to a private digital communication portal where they can communicate with each other at any time. Finally, Fellows are expected to present their learnings from the MAP Fellowship back to their full-time employer and colleagues. This can be in the form of a presentation, written materials, or another creative way of sharing what they’ve accomplished.