Cordes Fellows

apply for the 2019 Cordes Fellowship below!

The Cordes Fellowship has been invaluable to me as a social entrepreneur and for my nonprofit Remake, that is igniting a conscious consumer movement to make fashion a force for good. I am beyond grateful for the donor support, strategic advice and mentorship and connections to partners to help grow our movement.

– Ayesha Barenblat, Founder and CEO, Remake

I’ve grown so much from The Cordes Fellowship. I was able to meet incredible mentors and peers who have been an invaluable support network. SHOFCO’s programs in Kenya have greatly benefited from being a part of Cordes and I look forward to staying connected and collaborating to achieve our mission of building urban promise from urban poverty.

– Kennedy Odede, Co-Founder, SHOFCO

Since 2010, the Cordes Fellowship program has provided annual scholarships for 50 of the world’s most promising emerging social entrepreneurs to participate as full delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration (OC), an annual gathering in Mexico of 400+ global leaders building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice. The OC brings together social entrepreneurs, innovative nonprofit executives, grantmakers, impact investors, corporate and academic field-leaders, and aligned media working around the world to solve common challenges and spark new opportunities. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich the OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives. Learn more here.

Successful Cordes Fellowship applicants are high-impact, innovative, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit organization executives with a demonstrated commitment to economic justice and poverty alleviation. Like all OC delegates, fellows are catalytic leaders who by their actions and accomplishments evidence pragmatic vision, passionate tenacity, multi-sectoral thinking, adaptive leadership skills, non-ideological activism and a strong ethical grounding. Since 2010, the OC has welcomed 530 Cordes Fellows from 70+ different countries.

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Apply for the 2019 Cordes Fellowship to attend the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico from October 13-18, 2019, using the button below.

Cordes Fellowship