Hello Neighbor Network

The Hello Neighbor Network Fellowship (NF) provides refugee focused nonprofits seeking to scale and become sustainable organizations with education, a supportive peer network and the inspiration, leadership and advocacy skills they need to bring about structural change.

As the global refugee crisis has increased, the United States has begun to strongly debate immigration policies and the arrival of immigrants and refugees in our country. The U.S. travel ban, separation of children from their families at the U.S. border and overcrowded immigration detention centers have all increased the attention and heated debate surrounding this issue.

Additionally, hatred toward immigrants and refugees has been on the rise. The FBI reported the number of hate crimes in the United States increased by 17% in 2017. The two biggest reported motivations for hate crimes were race/ethnicity/ancestry and religion, making refugees some of the most vulnerable to hate crimes in the United States and globally.

The Hello Neighbor Network Fellowship is the antidote to such negativity and vitriol. This is an opportunity to be part of a new movement in our country supporting how refugees live and learn to thrive in their new homes. This fellowship will focus on the specific challenges faced by nonprofit leaders working with refugees: language and literacy barriers; cultural differences; lack of targeted private funding; and little precedent in terms of program evaluation. Being able to tackle these important issues requires answers to many challenging questions. What would it look like to have a nonprofit that is thriving? How much will it cost? Am I moving in the right direction?

Because refugees enter our nonprofits with comprehensive needs, the potential for program development is tremendous, and overwhelming. NF’s curriculum will target topics essential to early stage nonprofits in this space, including governance, technology, fundraising, partnerships and program evaluation.

As a nation it’s time to empower a new generation of nonprofits focused on supporting refugees. Many are well-trusted, but they are struggling to do what is essentially governmental work on a shoestring and in isolation. NF creates a critical platform for these nonprofits to learn from one another and share best practices.

The Hello Neighbor Network Fellowship is geared specifically to small-to-medium nonprofits whose leaders are poised for high-growth potential. Our goal is that this Fellowship will have a significant impact on the participants that will positively impact the communities they serve. The Fellowship, which is being piloted in 2019-2020, is developed and programmed by Hello Neighbor in partnership with USA for UNHCR, The Good People Fund and The Harnisch Foundation.

The Program

Fellows will enjoy rich, in-depth content and programming to support their commitment to refugees, including:

  • Skill building and support around analyzing existing programs and program development
  • Learning how to effectively conduct program evaluation to determine outcomes
  • Developing a branding toolkit
  • Developing fundraising campaigns
  • Leadership development training
  • Advocacy training and policy education, with the goal of empowering leaders to navigate policy and advocate for their needs in their communities and beyond
  • Behind-the-scenes look at successful nonprofits in areas including strategic planning, board development, planning for growth, marketing,
  • Sessions on marketing and storytelling to understand your differentiation in the marketplace
  • Cohort-based fellowship that extends beyond the duration of the program
  • Access to a network of mentors and experts in the refugee fields


The nonprofit leaders who will benefit most from NF meet the following criteria:

  • You are the Founder, Executive Director or CEO of the nonprofit
  • The nonprofit is a registered 501c3 organization
  • The organization was founded within the last 2-10 years
  • The organization’s budget is under $500,000
  • The organization has at least 1 paid staff member (can be part-time)
  • The organization does not receive federal funding for direct resettlement from one of the nine VOLAGS
  • You most likely work in a city with a strong refugee population and have deep relationships with local refugee groups
  • You have time to dedicate to this fellowship (will vary based on the month and participant but we ask that you recognize that as a collective experience everyone needs to equally participate)
  • You’re excited to grow your organization!


November 13-15: Pittsburgh, PA
April 21-23: Location TBD

The Hello Neighbor Network Fellowship begins online in late September. The Fellows first get to know each other through an online community platform and regular check-ins. During November 13-15, 2019, everyone will come together in Pittsburgh, PA for an in-person convening. Fellows will have in-depth training on topics they have chosen collectively as the most-pressing facing their nonprofits. In addition, Fellows will be introduced to leaders who will remain involved throughout the Fellowship experience.

The cohort will gather again in late April for an opportunity to share with and learn from industry experts on topics including program development, program evaluation and fundraising.

Further Details

Up to eight applicants will be selected for the 2019 Hello Neighbor Network Fellowship cohort. Fellows are required to fully participate in both the fall and spring convenings as well as an active participant online with the other fellows outside of the convenings.

In addition, Fellows must be open to taking part in regional and national press opportunities, including press releases, social media, and interviews with journalists, to share their work and further the mission of the program.

Participants are asked for a deferred or “pay what you can” payment of $1,200. We recognize this is unorthodox, but believe there is value to this program and if the participants agree than they are invited to pay what they can anytime during or after the fellowship period.

Participants will receive travel stipends for the convenings including air and hotel. Unfortunately ground transportation is not included nor are additional family members.

Applications are due by 11:59pm ET on August 23rd. Finalists are accepted on a rolling basis. All finalists will be asked to participate in video interviews, and will be notified of their status in September.

If you have additional questions, please email us at info@helloneighbor.io or call 412.567.3946