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Stein Fellowship

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Would you like the opportunity to be mentored by the most successful and connected of Jacksonville leaders? Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child?



United Way of Northeast Florida has pioneered a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Jacksonville’s best and brightest to do just that.


David and Linda Stein have a vision to connect young professionals with established community leaders and ensure a greater Jacksonville for generations to come. With their generous $1 million gift to the United Way of Northeast Florida, the Stein Fellowship was created to promote philanthropy and community leadership, and inspire students to achieve.


This program grants members of United Way’s young professionals group, Atlantic Circle, with the opportunity to build a professional and personal relationship with an established Tocqueville Society member (individuals who give an annual gift of $10,000 or more to United Way) as well as mentor a student through United Way’s Achievers for Life.

Kenya Bell

Manager, Leadership Giving

For interest in Builders Society or Stein Fellowship

Office: 904-390-3295


"This unique to Jacksonville program was built on the premise to pay it forward. While the work is limited to a year, the benefits provided can last a lifetime. There is no better way to truly Live United."

David Miller, Stein Fellowship Chair & Tocqueville Mentor

Program Overview

Major components of the Stein Fellowship include the following:



A Tocqueville Society mentor will be hand-selected for each Fellow. They will meet regularly to establish a relationship and mentor the Fellow on their professional and philanthropic goals. Over the course of the Fellowship (approximately one year), Fellows will mentor a student through United Way’s Achievers For Life initiative, and make a real difference in the life of an at-risk student.


Professional Development

Fellows will attend four professional development forums centered on philanthropy and United Way’s work in the community.



Fellows will attend a three-hour, in-depth orientation about United Way of Northeast Florida and its impact in the community. Training will also include tips on how to mentor a middle school student.



Develop lasting connections with other young professionals and leadership donors throughout the program year and beyond.


Prospective Fellows


Eligibility Requirements

  • Career young professional under the age of 40
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional and/or volunteer work
  • Dedication to personal and professional development
  • A minimum gift or pledge of $500, due upon acceptance into the program.
    • Gift or pledge must be directed to United Way of Northeast Florida and must be exclusive of corporate match programs. To become a United Way leadership donor, participate in the Stein Matching Gift Program.
    • There are two ways to make your gift or pledge:
      1.  Through your employer’s United Way corporate campaign
      2.  Through United Way’s Mobile Cause website
        • Click Sign Up Here and then select Atlantic Circle (Young Professional) on the dropdown
        • Make a one-time payment by typing $500 into the amount field and selecting the appropriate box OR make recurring online gifts over a one-year period on a monthly or quarterly basis and select the appropriate box ($42/month from July 2019 – June 2020 or $125/quarterly)


Program Timeline

  • Deadline to submit application: July 31, 2019
  • Interview of applicants: Weeks of August 5 and August 16, 2019
  • Notification of Stein Fellows: Week of August 26, 2019
  • Stein Fellow Orientation and Introduction to Achievers For Life Mentoring: September 19, 2019
  • Educational Forum #1: October 2019
  • Poverty Simulation: November 2019
  • Fellow Mentor Matching Ceremony and Stein Fellow Alumni Reception: November 2019
  • Educational Forum #2: December 2019
  • Educational Forum #3: February 2020
  • Stein Fellow Social: March 2020
  • Educational Forum #4: April 2020
  • Stein Fellow Social: May 2020
  • Class of 2019-2020 Graduation: October/November 2020


How to Apply

Submit the following:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • In 300 words or less, answer one of the following:
      • What do you hope to gain toward your professional and philanthropic development through participation in the Stein Fellowship?
      • What is the biggest social issue facing our community today? And how would you change it?
      • What do you think has been your most valuable contribution to the community of Jacksonville?



Stein Matching Gift Program

The Stein Matching Gift Program encourages young professionals to incorporate philanthropy in their personal and professional lives through a four-year step up giving program.

An individual will make a first time gift of $500, or increase their current gift to $500, directed to United Way of Northeast Florida’s mission or the high-quality education strategic priority. This gift will be matched, making the donor a member of United Way’s Leadership Circle at the Silver level of giving. Over the next three years, the donor will increase their personal gift to reach $1,000 (Silver level).


Suggested Step-Up Program Levels:

  • 1st year . . . . . . . . .$500
  • 2nd year . . . . . . . . $650
  • 3rd year . . . . . . . . $825
  • 4th year . . . . . . . $1000


A current leadership donor ($1,000 a year or more) who increases his/her gift a minimum of 10% to the United Way of Northeast Florida’s mission or high-quality education strategic priority area, will receive a dollar-for-dollar match of the increase. The young professional will be recognized at the combined level of giving in United Way’s Leadership Circle.