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 Rachel San Luis at DSST

PIFP Fellow Rachel San Luis with students from PIFP partner organization
the Denver School of Science and Technology.

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 nearing 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. Even though our host organizations pay most of the salary and health insurance for our yearlong Fellows, $32,500 of our annual $50,000 budget (65%) is designated to supplement Fellow salaries. In order to raise the stipend requirement, 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—even more so in this tight economy when hiring is slow. 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

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