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1847 Philanthropic Selected to Host a Young African Leader


1847 Philanthropic is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host Maria Cabral, a Fellow from Mozambique in the Professional Development Experience (PDE) component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders from August 6 to September 14, 2018.

Launched in 2014, The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The program fosters closer relations and empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities. Selected from a pool of more than 37,000 applicants, the highly accomplished seven hundred 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows are leaders in public service, business, civil society, education, agriculture, and other fields. These young leaders, between the ages of 25 and 35, are playing a role in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

The 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows are participating in academic and leadership institutes at 28 U.S. campuses around the United States through the end of July.  After the Fellowship’s culminating Summit in Washington, D.C., 100 competitively-selected Fellows remain in the United States to take part in Professional Development Experiences (PDE) – six-week professional placements with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies. The PDE component allows Fellows to grow as young professionals and contribute their skills and insights to American organizations.

1847 Philanthropic was established to enhance the long-term viability and financial stability of indigenous organizations. 1847 specializes in assisting to diversify donor based funding strategies that support the continuing growth and strength of organizations. Ms. Cabral will be incorporated into the 1847 team by managing client projects related to fundraising strategy and strategic planning.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is supported in its implementation by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit and join the conversation with #YALI2018.


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