Want To Write To Change The World? Introducing The Community Voices Fellowship

GlobalGiving was founded on the principle that good ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time. That’s why we want to hear your ideas.


GlobalGiving is introducing a new fellowship, called Community Voices, to elevate and amplify the ideas of nonprofit partners in the GlobalGiving community. The program will focus on nonprofit partners from countries in the global majority and underrepresented in the mainstream media. We want to help you share your perspectives in response to current events and climate action, gender equality, disaster response, health, education, economic growth, child protection, and justice + human rights.

About Community Voices

Community Voices is an eight-month fellowship that will support invited nonprofit partners in the GlobalGiving community to develop written pieces that will be published here in GlobalGiving’s content hub, the Learn Library. The Learn Library attracts approximately 1 million views every year, and each fellow’s published work will also be shared with an audience of hundreds of thousands via GlobalGiving’s social media and email channels, as well as promoted through media outreach.

GlobalGiving will invite a cohort of six individuals from our nonprofit partner community to participate in the Community Voices fellowship from May-December 2023.

Required Qualifications

For the Community Voices fellowship to be a great fit, applicants should:

  • Represent a vetted and active (as of April 1, 2023) GlobalGiving nonprofit partner organization that works primarily in at least one of the following regions:
    – Middle East + North Africa
    – Sub-Saharan Africa
    – Latin America + Caribbean
    – Asia
    – Oceania
  • Have a fresh perspective on a topic that deserves more widespread attention
  • Support community-led change through the GlobalGiving nonprofit partner organization they represent
  • Be comfortable writing, sharing their perspectives, and advocating for their communities in English
  • Be able to articulate the benefits of participating in the Community Voices fellowship for their community and plans for how they will continue building their writing and advocacy skills after the program
  • Be able to commit to contributing at least three written pieces during the course of the Community Voices fellowship
  • Have a learning mindset
  • Have access to a computer with high-speed internet and a video camera


In addition, the ideal candidate would be able to:

  • Commit to completing two training sessions on May 18-19 OR May 23-24 through The OpEd Project
  • Attend a two-hour training session on GlobalGiving content production

Time Commitment

  • Over the course of two weeks in May, fellows will be expected to commit a total of nine hours to complete two The OpEd Project training sessions and one two-hour training session on GlobalGiving content production.
  • From June through November, written pieces can be scheduled based on each fellow’s availability. With three written pieces required, and each piece needing a time investment of about 5 hours, that is a total of 15 hours for each fellow. However, this may vary based on the individual and each written piece.



The OpEd Project will be GlobalGiving’s external training partner for Community Voices fellows, and the fellow’s tuition will be covered by GlobalGiving.

Write to Change the World workshop

Community Voices fellows will participate in a two-day intensive virtual Write to Change the World workshop. This workshop is based on time-tested models of transformational learning, designed to unlock knowledge in powerful and unexpected ways. We explore the source of credibility; the patterns and elements of persuasion; the difference between being “right” and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir; and how to think bigger about what you know—to have more impact in the world. Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed drafts and more), and access to our national network of journalist mentors for individual follow-up. Our workshops are also designed to inspire and cultivate a greater sense of social responsibility by clarifying our potential impact on the world.

In April 2020 we went 100% virtual, which has allowed for an exhilarating learning experience – with participants joining us across geography, time, and an enormous range of identities, voices, and ideas. We now typically welcome global cohorts of 50+ people, and we break into smaller cohorts of ten for discovery-based work, in which participants learn by doing. As always, our model is based on discovery through group interaction, so we ask participants to show up and participate in full.

Upon completing the Write to Change the World workshop, fellows will also have the opportunity to complete the two-day Accelerating Ideas advanced workshop.

GlobalGiving will also lead a two-hour training session for fellows on the internal content production process.

Production Support

Members of GlobalGiving’s Marketing and Communications team will offer support to guide fellows in framing their contributions for the Learn Library and will manage the technical aspects of publishing.


  • The fellow’s tuition for The OpEd Project’s Write to Change the World workshop will be covered by GlobalGiving.
  • Fellows will be compensated for time spent participating in the GlobalGiving-led training session and for editorial contributions published in the Learn Library. A total of $680 will be donated to each fellow’s GlobalGiving organization at the end of the fellowship.

Invitation Timeline and Process

Applications for the Community Voices fellowship will be accepted through this survey from April 1-17, 2023.

Responses will be shared with the GlobalGiving invitation committee and reviewed from April 18-May 5, 2023.

Six applicants will be notified of their invitation to join as a Community Voices fellow and communicate their acceptance between May 8-12, 2023.

Training will take place from May 15-31, 2023 with two options for participation in The OpEd Project training:

  1. May 18, 2023 + May 19, 2023 2-Day Intensive (12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET)
  2. May 23, 2023 + May 24, 2023 2-Day Intensive (3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET)

The written content contribution period will begin in June and last until November 30, 2023.

Want to apply to be a Community Voices fellow?


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