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Piper Fellows

Fellowships to Maricopa County, Arizona Nonprofit
Leaders for Professional Development Sabbaticals

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Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

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Fellowships to Maricopa County, Arizona individuals in leadership positions at local nonprofit organizations to take a sabbatical for professional development. The fellow’s organization may operate in the areas of education, health, human services, religion, or arts and culture.

The Piper Fellows program acknowledges the never-ceasing demands of nonprofit leadership and offers opportunities for nonprofit leaders to reach, retool, and revitalize.

Piper Trust offers up to six fellowship awards to support professional development for outstanding leaders of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Maricopa County.

A Piper Fellow’s sabbatical allows work release time and can be taken all at once or divided into several smaller projects or programs. Fellow candidates are encouraged to explore educational and professional programs and visit model program sites and leaders across the nation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180966

Number of Grants:

The Trust provides up to six fellowships annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

A Piper Fellowship offers the potential for a $90,000 Piper Trust commitment to a Fellow’s organization.

Piper Trust offers up to fellowship awards of $30,000 (maximum) annually to support professional development for outstanding leaders of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Maricopa County.

A Piper Fellowship also includes a $10,000 grant award for staff and board development and makes the Fellow’s organization eligible for a grant up to $50,000 for a Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award during the sabbatical or within six months of completion.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified Organizations:

The candidate’s employing organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has provided services primarily within Maricopa County for at least 10 years* in human services, health, education, arts and culture, or religion. The employing organization must:

-Fully support the candidate’s request for leave to participate in the Piper Fellows program and submit a work plan for organizational management during the candidate’s absence and upon the candidate’s return.
-Guarantee all salary and benefits and continue full-time employee status of the candidate during the period of leave.
-Be able to sustain regular operations during the candidate’s absence.


Strong candidates are leaders who have significant responsibilities for a nonprofit organization serving Maricopa County in the areas of human services, health, education, arts and culture, or religion. Employees of organizations classified as private foundations under Section 509(a) are not eligible. A candidate for the Piper Fellows program should:

-Be an outstanding leader who has a demonstrated track record of leadership within the organization and service to the community.
-Be responsible for a significant level of management of the organization’s programmatic or operational activities.
-Have worked a minimum of seven years in the nonprofit sector, though not necessarily for a single organization.
-Be a full-time employee of the applicant organization.

Requirements of a Piper Fellow:
-Begin his/her work plan in January of the year following selection.
-Submit a report to Piper Trust within three months of completion of the Piper Fellowship. Reports should detail the professional development activities during the release period and how the experiences will be applied and help better serve the mission of the organization.
-Participate in periodic activities during the fellowship year and in subsequent years to build on individual and shared experiences, foster continued professional development, and stimulate potential collaboration among the Piper Fellow organizations.

*Each year the selection committee may choose to award a fellowship(s) to an Emerging Leader(s) whose organization has operated for five or more years. For consideration, the nonprofit leader must meet all candidate-specific requirements.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application/Selection Timeline:
- April 10: Info Session
- September 1: Deadline for receipt of Piper Fellows applications via online portal
- October-November: Finalist Interviews at Piper Trust offices
- Early December: Public announcement of Piper Fellows

The selection committee is comprised of Maricopa County leaders who are knowledgeable about the value and contributions of the social profit sector. The committee reviews the applications, conducts interviews, and makes its recommendations to Piper Trust’s Board of Trustees for final selection.



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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Maricopa County