About The Hello Neighbor Network Fellowship

As a nation it’s time to empower a new generation of grassroots nonprofits focused on standing with refugees.

The Hello Neighbor Network is a coalition of grassroots organizations working in post-refugee resettlement in the U.S. who come together to grow and inspire change. In the first year, organizational leaders can apply for a one-year fellowship. After the fellowship, they are eligible to be a part of the Network going forward.

Network Mission: To provide grassroots nonprofits working with 50% or more refugees and immigrants with a supportive peer network, education, skills and resources to better fulfill their own missions and to elevate grassroots voices in the ongoing conversation around refugees in the U.S.

Network Vision: A country that understands, deeply values, and supports refugees and the community-based organizations that guide their transition from surviving to thriving

Why This Network?

The national leadership cohort focuses 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. The leadership cohort’s curriculum targets topics essential to early stage nonprofits in this space, including governance, technology, fundraising, partnerships and program evaluation.

The Hello Neighbor Network Network is geared toward small-to-medium nonprofits whose leaders are poised for high-growth potential. Our goal is that this network will have a significant impact on the participants that will positively impact the communities they serve. The national leadership cohort, which first launched in October 2019, is developed and programmed by Hello Neighbor in partnership with USA for UNHCR, The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh, The Benter Foundation and The Good People Fund, and The Harnisch Foundation.

Fellow Eligibility

The nonprofit leaders who will benefit most from the Network 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
  • The organization’s service population is made up of 50% or more refugees and immigrants
  • 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!

Hello Neighbor Network Fellows

The Hello Neighbor Network fellowship begins with an application. Selected candidates will then participate in a 10-month fellowship including skill-building and professional development, access to resources and networks, and a culminating presentation on a self-identified organizational project.

Application Timeline

  • September 23: Application Opens
  • October 6th and 28th at noon: Information Sessions
  • October 30: Application Deadline
  • Mid-November: Interviews
  • December 4: Acceptances Sent

Fellowship Timeline

  • January-March: key skill-building courses
  • April 14 and 15: virtual annual convening
  • May-September: skill development
  • August-September: work on a self-identified project with support and accountability partners
  • October: final presentations and celebration

Additional Resources as a Fellow

  • Coffee hours with peers
  • Communication channels for troubleshooting
  • Shared resource library
  • Coaching and technical assistance
  • Regrant opportunities
  • Fellow media coverage and amplifying your work

Selected candidates contribute to the Network on a sliding scale based on the previous year’s organizational budget as follows:

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

Hello Neighbor Network

The Hello Neighbor Network is made up of current and former fellows from grassroots organizations across the country. As a member of the Network, you have access to the resources available to Fellows and are also eligible to contribute to the Network’s thought leadership through:

  • Leading webinars
  • Contributing as an author to Network publications and statements
  • Participating in innovative research publications
  • Co-creating guides and handbooks for nonprofits
  • Writing for our e-newsletter
  • And more!

See our Hello Neighbor Network Pledge here!

Commitment to Equity

Hello Neighbor is committed to equity and inclusion in all application and selection processes. We encourage everyone to apply who is passionate about this work. Leaders from all walks of life belong in the Network. Reach out to us and let’s talk!

We understand that language can be a barrier to applications as well and we will provide language assistance as needed. Further, we are specifically committed to expanding the Network to include more leaders who are Black and indigenous and from refugee and immigrant communities. We encourage you to apply or reach out to us.

Applications for Hello Neighbor Network Fellows will be accepted on a seasonal basis. If you have additional questions, please email us at rachel@helloneighbor.io or call 412-567-3946.