Learn more about the American Express Leadership funding theme: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow

American Express supports programs that encourage leadership development for emerging leaders through one or more of the following:

  • Addressing the leadership deficit in the nonprofit sector, whether by enabling new executive directors or supporting the training and development of emerging leaders.
  • Diversifying the current landscape of nonprofit leaders.
  • Transforming organizations through best-in-class management and leadership practices, whether through board leadership, implementing management principles or expanding an organization's capacity to attract, develop and retain leadership talent.

Below are some examples of the programs funded by American Express:

Americans for the ArtsU.S.A.
Americans for the Arts (AFTA)’s mission is to serve, advance and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain and support the arts in America in an effort to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. Arts U is a new leadership development initiative designed by AFTA to meet the unique needs of arts managers throughout the United States. The Arts U program delivers high-quality programming through its e-learning platform that can be accessed by thousands, embraces multiple delivery formats and speaks to a rich spectrum of interests. By allowing people to learn at their own pace, Arts U offers emerging leaders in art an easy point of transition to the mid-career space, filling the current gap for mid-career leadership education and peer networking.
Center for Employment OpportunitiesNew York, NY
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing immediate, effective and comprehensive employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. The National Reentry Policy Leaders (NRPL) program develops leadership competencies and improves communication skills among participants. CEO provides transitional job opportunities to 4,500 individuals, secures 2,000 unsubsidized job placements in the community and has an average starting hourly wage of $9.40 across all sites. Empowering recently incarcerated individuals with communication and policy analysis skills changes their capacity for leadership and enhances their visibility and networks in the community.
Latino Policy ForumChicago, IL
The Illinois Nonprofit Leadership Academy helps Latino nonprofit professionals build organizational and personal capacity, increase leadership skills and share best practices, resulting in a strong network of Latino leaders who develop partnerships to address the pressing needs of the Latino community. The Leadership Academy employs a participant-centered learning model for Illinois nonprofit leaders through workshops, trainings, personal and professional assessments and on-site consulting and mentoring to support sustainability of Latino serving organizations.
Salzburg Global SeminarGlobal
Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Entrepreneurs annually convenes 50 next-generation cultural change-agents from around the world for intensive leadership skill building enabling them and their organizations to thrive, despite rapid change and limited resources. The Forum enhances international cultural exchange and strengthens the cultural sector through a vital global network. The Seminar fosters innovation in creative, cultural entrepreneurship, benefiting participants and their organizations and strengthening the cultural sector worldwide. Offering a leadership development program for emerging creative change agents provides them with an opportunity for self-reflection, professional development, intellectual inspiration and entrepreneurial challenge.
The Presidio TrustSan Francisco, CA
The Presidio Trust’s mission is to preserve the Presidio, a park and former military base located in San Francisco, California, and transform the space for a new national purpose. The organization is developing an Online Platform for Talent and Leadership Development, a web-based platform for leadership development targeted at cross sector, social purpose professionals. The Platform is an online resource with modules of leadership curriculum that provide emerging social purpose leaders with an accessible and approachable environment to develop their skills, build their network and challenge their mindset to become more adaptable and collaborative.