Impactful nonprofits need visionary leaders. It’s for this reason that King Khalid Foundation established the Shaghaf Fellowship, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The fellowship’s goals are direct: it aims to attract exceptional young Saudis to the nonprofit sector, and to equip them with the skills, tenacity and vision they need to drive excellence. It’s a model designed to fast-track talented youth into leadership roles and – long term – to support the growth of an effective, innovative nonprofit sector.
In 2018, the first cohort of nine fellows graduated, following an intensive development programme that took in full-time employment with a Saudi-based nonprofit, and an immersive course in nonprofit management at Columbia Business School in New York, as well as first-hand exposure to global best practices.
Fellows also participated in a learning trip to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where they attended training sessions with industry experts, and gained hands-on experience.
Following graduation, eight of the nine fellows took up roles in nonprofit organisations across Saudi Arabia, working in cause areas including healthcare, education and employment. The same year, a further 11 fellows were chosen from thousands of applicants, and partnered with Saudi-based nonprofit employers to begin the 16-month fellowship programme.
We look forward to seeing these bright, young changemakers continue on their journey.