City Scholars® Fellowship



Leaders grow best together.

As a dynamic and diverse leadership learning community, our tuition-free City Scholars® Fellowship brings together highly-motivated nonprofit CEOs to learn from, collaborate with and inspire each other to lead well with limited resources, as they help thousands of low-income youth achieve against the odds in school and in life.

Help leaders with HEART improve their serve.

100% of online donations support our City Scholars® Fellowship.

Partnering with executive volunteers, our City Scholars® Fellowship helps nonprofit CEOs build


to grow education nonprofits serving thousands of low-income youth from survival to success to significance.


During my first year as a City Scholars® Foundation Fellow, we grew our reach from 11,000 to 15,000 young people and from 59% low-income to 65% low-income. City Scholars® keeps me focused on reaching the young people we want to impact, as opposed to simply reaching more people.

Jennifer Jovanovic, Executive Director
City Scholars® Foundation Fellow
24,335 youth served/year (90% low-income)
Greater Los Angeles

Our Fellowship Strategy =


Our Fellowship inspires, challenges, equips and encourages a growing, diverse and dynamic community of nonprofit CEOs, distinguished as City Scholars® Foundation Fellows, through our:

Annual Fellowship Kick-Off
Monthly Fellowship Roundtables
Annual Fellowship Retreat
1:1 Leadership Coaching
Business & Peer Mentoring
Leadership Challenges
Networking with High-Impact Leaders

Our CEO ESSENTIALS® offer a practical and proven effective guide to leading mission-focused, impact-driven, well-balanced, highly efficient and sustainable organizations.

Learning they are not alone in the challenges they face as nonprofit CEOs, our Foundation Fellows return to their offices with renewed energy, focus and dedication.

Our Fellowship is tuition-free. But, it is no free lunch.

We hold our Foundation Fellows accountable for turning LEARNING into LEADERSHIP and KNOWLEDGE into ACTION that measurably improves educational opportunities and outcomes for more than 57,000 predominantly low-income, pre-K to college, ethnically diverse youth each year throughout the Greater Los Angeles region.

Cesar Navarrete - Child Advocated of San Bernardino County (CASA)

Over the last four years as a Foundation Fellow, I’ve become much more confident as an Executive Director.  As a result, we’ve  grown our budget from $630,000 to $920,000. I would not have been able to lead such continuous and sustainable growth without the Fellowship.  The best part is we’re providing better services to our youth.

Cesar Navarrete, Executive Director
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Bernardino County
City Scholars® Foundation Fellow
148 youth served/year (100% low-income)
San Bernardino County

Help us expand our IMPACT!

100% of online donations support our City Scholars® Fellowship.

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