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JULY 31, 2023 - AUGUST 2, 2023 | LONE ROCK RETREAT


Greetings Fellows! Below you will find information on how to prepare for the 2023 Fellows Who Fund Convening taking place at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado. Additionally, please review Pahara’s health and safety protocols for in-person gatherings during your time at Lone Rock Retreat:



We are bringing together Fellows impacted by the philanthropic community, either as funders or as grantees, in a mutually beneficial space of inquiry, dialogue, and inspired action. Participants will have an opportunity to learn directly from one another regarding pressing needs in the current philanthropic climate, and will take these learnings to workshop strategies and tactics that will drive change. 

This event is brought to you by Pahara Fellows Scott Jenkins, Gisele Shorter, LaVerne Srinivasan, Liz Thompson, and Sherman Whites


  • Strategize on approaches that center equitable grant-making

  • Spark ongoing collaboration and support between Fellows in and impacted by philanthropy

  • Identify next steps that will advance the event agenda in support of tangible shifts in the sector


The audience for this convening is:

  • Funders committed and ready to engage in dialogue, action, and self-reflection that will drive forward greater equitable giving in philanthropy.

  • Grantees reflective of a diverse range of high-impact organizations and work, who can give voice to their greatest philanthropic challenges and partnership opportunities. 



Prior to the seminar, please direct all logistical questions to


Start: Monday, July 31, 2023 - 5:00pm MT, Reception & Dinner

End: Wednesday, August 2, 2023 - 12:00pm MT, Lunch (to go)


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 804210

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The initial retreat for RLP will convene the week after Easter at Lone Rock Retreat in Bailey, Colorado from April 19-21, 2022. We endeavor to combine the strengths of the Pahara leadership development approach with a Christ-centered retreat experience. A successful retreat will mean leaders have had the space to share their faith, reflect on ways to bring their faith into their work, find some sense of spiritual renewal from the time together, and initiate new relationships with other believers.     

    Leaders who meet our program criteria are welcome to apply to the Fellowship, with or without a nomination. The application is an essential and required part of the process, and allows candidates to share information about their work and leadership, alignment with our selection criteria, and how they most hope to benefit from participation in this powerful development experience. For applicants advancing beyond this stage, this information serves as rich background information on which to base deep, reflective dialogue during interviews taking place during candidate consideration.
    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and, while they are not required for entry into the Fellowship, they are critical to our ability to identify exceptional leaders from across the education ecosystem, including but not limited to experience in nonprofit schools, out of/after school learning, human capital, technology, juvenile justice, political and policy strategy, future of work/workforce development, community wellness and mental health, college access and success, faith-based organizations, community based organizations and philanthropy. Ideally, you know enough about the leader’s work to share your thoughts on why they would be an excellent choice for the Fellowship. We are sensitive to the ways sponsorship practices can disadvantage women and Black, Indigenous, and leaders of color who are less likely to have sponsors. When thinking of incredible changemakers to bring to our attention, we encourage nominators to consider leaders from within and outside of their close circles.
    During this stage, we seek to understand candidates’ motivations and challenges, learn more about their background and leadership journey, and determine candidates’ willingness and ability to negotiate the multiple domains of difference that contribute to the tapestry of Pahara cohorts. We conduct a 90-minute Zoom interview with candidates. This interview is followed by referencing carried out by our team. Given the degree of openness and vulnerability expected in this phase of our process, information shared with us by candidates or in reference interviews is held with the highest degree of confidentiality.
    We aim for cohorts that are inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference, including socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and political ideology. Cohorts are also distinctive in their inclusion of leaders from various organization models, multiple sectors in education, different geographic regions, and various leadership roles. This careful cohort curation is critical, as the cohort is the container within which the personal and professional transformation Pahara is most known for occurs. Cohort dialogue is confidential and both professional and personal in nature. We seek to foster an environment that celebrates the diversity and lived experiences of all of our Fellows.
    We typically receive many more nominations and applications than we have available seats in each cohort. We strongly believe that creating the ideal blend of perspectives in each group is a vital component of the program’s value and impact on participants. Candidates who are not selected may choose to opt-in to be considered for a future cohort.


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