Apply today! New Wishart Nonprofit Executive Fellowship

Alfred "Burr" Wishart was CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation for 31 years. During his tenure, foundation assets grew from $16 million to $548 million.


Here at the Forbes Funds, we're always building, testing, tweaking. Our newest creation is the Wishart Nonprofit Executive Fellowship, which will send three outstanding nonprofit leaders to a unique learning opportunity outside the traditional nonprofit educational circuit. Funded by the Alfred W. Wishart, Jr. Fund for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, Fellows will attend the prestigious Carnegie Bosch Institute (CBI) at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper Business School. Valued at $4,100, this program is offered at no cost to participating Fellows. Application deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Apply today!

Why send nonprofit leaders to a business school?

At CBI, Fellows will learn about Leading Innovation: Creating a Dynamic Organization. Designed for executives, this three-day course cultivates a deeper understanding of the processes, methods and tools of lean innovative thinking. It's a wonderful opportunity for successful nonprofit leaders hungry to learn more about new, cross-sector approaches.

What people are saying about Carnegie Bosch Institute

Learn more: download a brochure or visit the Carnegie Bosch Institute website.

  • "I loved the diversity in the room as far as industry background and experience.  I would recommend in the future to encourage NPOs from diverse industries to participate; e.g., art museums, multi-media, etc."

  • "Class size was perfect and I loved spending time with everyone in the class.  Smart, open, generous, fun and welcoming.  I loved the opportunity to spend a week with people from the commercial for profit environment."

  • "I hope other non-profit executives get this opportunity in the future.  I found it invaluable and extremely transferable to my work in the non-profit community."

A word about Wishart

In the past, the Alfred W. Wishart Jr. Fund supported an Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. Launched in 2004 through the generosity of Alfred "Burr" Wishart, the long-term CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation, it recognized one agency every year as an exemplar of nonprofit management excellence. In remaking this award into an investment in leaders, Wishart's esteemed legacy is transferred to contemporary community need.



March 28-30, 2017 (full days). Program participants are also expected to participate in a public panel (see below).
Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University campus, Pittsburgh, PA
The Forbes Funds is pleased to underwrite the full tuition for three outstanding nonprofit leaders through the Alfred W. Wishart, Jr. Fund. Program value $4,100.
Participants should be executives (but not exclusively Executive Directors) with a long track record of working in community-based organizations that provide human services, behavioral health, physical health, and/or community building services within Allegheny County. Leaders of arts/culture organizations will be considered only if they are doing significant work in one of the other areas identified. Individuals must not be anticipating retirement or leaving the sector in the next five years.
In addition to attending the Institute program, fellows will be expected to participate in a public panel on April 12, 3 pm, focused on the Institute's transferable learnings to managing and leading a nonprofit in today's environment; host at least one peer-to-peer learning session within the year; and give guidance to The Forbes Funds on refinements to its capacity building services.
How to apply
Apply through The Pittsburgh Foundation's online grant portal. If your organization already has an account, you can use the same login information to apply. If not, please click "Create New Account" and fill out the required information. Once your account has been created you can log in and click "Apply" on the left sidebar. Click on the application link called 'Wishart Fellows: Carnegie Bosch Institute' and then fill out and submit the application. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted. Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Ask away! Contact Elizabeth Heft, Director of Management Assistance: or (412) 394-2632.