Become a Legacy Fellow. Change your corner of the world one project at a time

Changing the world, even just a corner of it, takes more than good intentions. If you’re like most people, it can be difficult to decide what to do and where to start. The Legacy Fellowship takes the guess work out of how to get from here to there.

“The Legacy Fellowship is life-changing and the most skyrocketing help toward true leadership.”

Stephanie Smith, Legacy Fellow


This is a nine-month leadership development program to train you or your team to design and launch a community benefit project for younger and future generations.

Together, with other fellows, SAGE’s coach and advisors help you define an area of need and then break down a solution into small steps. Upon completion, you’ll have turned your good intentions into a project that has changed your corner for the better.

The 2018 Legacy Fellowship begins on October 20, 2018, and will end with a closing dinner and ceremony on June 20, 2019.

SAGE will begin accepting applications for the next Legacy Fellowship in the spring of 2018. Check back here for further details.

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Here’s what else you should know.

Who can apply? What projects can I pursue?

Any adult is eligible to join—employees, retirees, and all others. You can join the fellowship as an individual or as a team with family, friends or colleagues.

To apply, complete the General Application and submit it to SAGE.

Looking for ideas?

Check out our great project ideas for nonprofits or your community, and our more general examples of project roles and ideas.

For more inspiration, see the projects led by our Legacy Fellow Alumni.

What is the tuition?

Tuition for the nine-month program is $1,500. This covers the coaching, the retreat and meals, all nine training workshops, and the closing dinner and celebration. If applying as a team, the tuition can be shared by team members.

SAGE offers a limited number of tuition waivers for those unable to pay the tuition. To apply for a waiver, complete the Tuition Waiver Application.

How do employers participate?

Employers are encouraged to sponsor an employee or employee team as an investment in their community, and in organizational leadership. To offer this program to employees, consider using SAGE’s Sample Employee Benefit.

Who is the coach?

Dan Duggan is an exceptional coach, inspirational speaker, and teacher with over a decade of experience facilitating yearlong leadership development programs and 20-years of experience as a successful business executive.

As a principal with LionHeart Consulting, Dan has facilitated over 25 yearlong leadership development programs. Over 90% of participants have rated his program either in the top 5% or “best ever” professional and personal development programs. Through deep caring, humor, and strong coaching, Dan helps people become more confident and masterful leaders and to accomplish what they never thought possible.

Click here to read testimonials about Dan’s expertise in leadership development and project management.

As a fellow, what am I expected to do?

To help you achieve your goals, we ask fellows to agree to these commitments:

  • Attend all-day retreat, and 7 out of 9 evening workshops, scheduled once a month for 9 months.
  • During the first 3 workshops, define and develop your project. In the remaining 6 workshops, hone and apply your skills.
  • Dedicate 3 hours per week to design and complete your project (115 hours total over 9 months), beyond scheduled meetings.

If you apply as a 2-3 person team, you can share the tuition and service commitment. Each member is expected to attend the workshops.

How will I be supported?

SAGE will support you with:

  • Expert coaching – The retreat and workshops will be facilitated by SAGE’s coach, who will also be available between sessions to provide coaching and advice. Workshops will also include guest speakers with specific expertise.
  • Content experts – Pro bono consultants with a range of expertise are available to provide project and strategic advice.
  • Recognition – At our closing dinner, we celebrate your accomplishments with partners, friends, volunteers and other guests and promote it in the media.

For some, your project will have a defined end point; for others, it will be the start of a living legacy. For all, our program will unite a community of Fellows bonded by their desire to give forward through projects of their own design.