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Fellowship Networks

When you become an FAO Schwarz Fellow, you join a network of talented individuals passionate about social justice.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship community includes your Fellowship cohort as well as 60+ Alumni Fellows working in social justice. The Alumni Fellows range from recent cohorts to Fellows from the program’s first class that completed their Fellowship in 2008. They are graduate students, organizational leaders, and policy experts who have used the Fellowship to move quickly to the next step in their careers.

This network also includes the Fellowship’s Executive Director and the Trustees of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation. These leaders have lifelong commitments to addressing social inequalities and solving social problems. The Executive Director and many of the Trustees have years of experience engaged in social impact work in a variety of roles—as volunteers, staff members, boards members, as advisors, and as leaders of social impact organizations. Their perspective can be valuable when you’re focusing on what’s next.

In addition, your network puts you in contact with experienced leaders from the high-impact organizations that host FAO Schwarz Fellows in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. They have considerable real-world experience and expertise in the world of social impact, and they are respected for their innovation, results, and insight. They’re eager to offer their support to emerging nonprofit leaders.

This network is here to support you throughout your Fellowship, but it takes on new dimensions when you begin to think about next steps. Your FAO Schwarz Fellowship network can help you refine your career goals, expand your knowledge and explore new approaches to difficult social problems. They’ll listen to your ideas and concerns, help you solve problems, give you feedback, and challenge you to do better. If you need someone to read a resume, open a door, or even suggest a resource, reach out. You can use this network for advice, contacts, feedback and brainstorming—not only when you are a Fellow, but for the rest of your life.



The FAO Fellowship Network is strong and growing. There’s a special bond among the group of alumni and current fellows who have the shared experience of this transformative two-year Fellowship program. Our Alumni Fellows are invited to participate in formal panel discussions with current Fellows and to participate in parts of the semi-annual retreats. Social events help strengthen the bonds in this network.

To support the Fellows’ network and keep everyone well-connected, we maintain a private FAO Schwarz Fellowship group on LinkedIn, host events, and publish an annual newsletter.

For updates about each of our Alumni Fellows, glance through our recent newsletters to see what they have been doing since their Fellowship.

That is the true benefit of the Fellowship: young people gaining on-the-ground perspective of social change work, in all its nuances and challenges but also reminding ourselves of the incredible vision and innovation inherent in young people.

Samantha Perlman | FAO Schwarz Fellow at Generation Citizen in Boston | 2019

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