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 Achini Wijesinghe at Independence Center

PIFP Fellow Achini Wijesinghe with the Action in Transit Team during her yearlong fellowship at
The Independence Center in Colorado Springs.

How Far Does $20,000 Go?

If you were a PIFP Fellow during recent years, this was your annual salary—and it had to buy housing, food, and all the necessities of life for the entire 12 months of the fellowship.

PIFP is now 10 years old, and $20,000 doesn’t go as far as it used to. So after years of holding the salary requirement for yearlong Fellows steady in order to protect the budgets of our partner organizations, we see a pressing need to increase that amount so we can continue to attract top Fellowship applicants.

PIFP’s primary budget item is our Fellows. Our partner organizations pay most of the salary and health insurance for our Fellows. But 65% of the annual PIFP budget goes to to supplement the Fellow's salaries. In order to raise our Fellows' stipends, we need to help offset the cost increase to our partner organizations, which are part of the increasingly stretched nonprofit sector.

PIFP is a win-win situation for both Fellows and partner organizations. The Fellows are problem-solvers, quick-learners, impassioned, articulate, and committed. They are a “good deal” for any organization at any wage. And our partner organizations are offering meaningful, high-level opportunities that few of our Fellows’ peers are experiencing in entry-level positions.

Your donation to PIFP can keep this “win-win” situation going for the next generation of CC grads. Thanks for your support!

To give a gift now, click on the "Give Now" link at the upper left of this page. To learn more about how you can participate in this matching grant, please contact Mary Frances Kerr in the Development Office at 719-389-6704 or maryfrances.kerr@ColoradoCollege.edu.

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*Please designate your gift as a contribution to the Public Interest Fellowship Program on the third page of the form.