HOST ORGANIZATION FAQ’S

Who are the host organizations and how do I apply?

The host organizations are selected from Newman’s Own Foundation portfolio of grantees and are working in the following focus areas: food and nutrition, empowerment, children with life-limiting illnesses, and encouraging philanthropy. Hosting a Fellow is a competitive process; interested host organizations must be invited to submit an in-depth application to NOF which is reviewed and approved by NOF. Please email us here if interested.

Who are the Fellows?

Newman’s Own Foundation invite graduating seniors in college to apply for the Fellowship program that includes submitting a written application, letters of reference, undergoing a phone interview and more. If you are matched to interview with a Fellow, they have already been selected into the cohort for that Fellowship year.

How do we get a Fellow to join us?

Once the cohort of Fellows are selected, they are introduced to 3 to 4 potential host organizations who have already submitted an application. These introductions are made based on expressed interest of each Fellow, geographic preference of each Fellow, host organization job description, skill set of each Fellow, and information collected by Foundation staff during the application and interview process. A matching process then takes place to identify the best fit for each Fellow. There is no guarantee that if an organization interviews with a Fellow, that they will be matched with a Fellow for that Fellowship year.

What are the expectations of a host organization?

Each Host Organization provides their Fellow with a hands on learning experience that gives them exposure to leadership within their organization. The Fellow must be assigned a direct supervisor that is responsible for the development of a work plan that will help the Fellow set and manage project related priorities, deadlines, and timelines. It is also expected that the supervisor will meet with the Fellow regularly to discuss progress, successes, and challenges.

Whenever possible, an internal mentor should be given to the Fellow. The mentor should not be the direct supervisor, but instead a different leader within the organization. Fellows are a part of strategic initiatives at their host organization.

How vital is it that the host organization provide the Fellow with leadership and professional development opportunities? 

Leadership and Professional Development is an important part of the Fellows experience and in an effort to be intentional about building this into the Fellowship program, the host organization is encouraged to incorporate this into the budget that is submitted during the host organization application process.

Can I offer the Fellow a full-time position after the completion of the 12-month Fellowship? 

Upon completion of the Fellowship the host organization can make a job offer to the Fellow. Post Fellowship employment will not be funded by the Foundation.

What is the time commitment as host organization?

If you are matched with a Fellow, as a host organization, you will be invited to attend the Fellows orientation in Westport, CT in June 2019. Host organizations will also participate in quarterly group video conference calls, participate in a first quarter and mid-year check-ins, and provide feedback to NOF on the Fellow.

For more information, from the Fellows perspective, check out our Fellow FAQ, here.