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 six-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 coaches 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 2019-2020 Legacy Fellowship begins in the fall of 2019. The start date is flexible and scheduled based on the availability of the incoming fellows. The program will end with a closing dinner and ceremony in May of 2020.

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 program is $1,500. This covers the coaching, the retreat and meals, five monthly sessions, and the graduation dinner and celebration. If applying as a 2-3 member team, the tuition can be shared by team members. After our graduation, you are invited to receive personal coaching and support at no additional cost for an additional six months to advance your project.

SAGE offers a limited number of partial tuition waivers for those unable to pay the full tuition. To apply for a partial 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 are the coaches?

Paul Werder is founder of LionHeart Consulting and has over 30 years of experience developing leaders. Paul’s clients are consistently surprised at the relevance, inspiration and practical applications that he brings to every coaching conversation. Click here to read testimonials about Paul’s expertise in leadership development and project management.

Steve Higgs is Executive Director of SAGE where he has trained and supported nearly 60 Legacy Fellows over the past five years. Steve also manages all of SAGE’s other programs and serves as a liaison between fellows and numerous program advisors.

SAGE has engaged additional advisors to support our Legacy Fellows. SAGE also regularly connects incoming fellows to program alumni.

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 4 out of 5 sessions, scheduled once a month for 5 months.
  • During the first 3 sessions, define and develop your project. In the remaining 2 sessions, hone and apply your skills.
  • Dedicate 3 hours a week to design and develop your project and to achieve a major milestone (75 hours total over six 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 sessions.

How will I be supported?

SAGE will support you with:

  • Expert coaching – The retreat and sessions will be facilitated by SAGE’s coaches, who will also be available between sessions to provide coaching and advice. Sessions may also include guest speakers depending on the topics that fellows need to cover.
  • Content experts – Pro bono advisors with a range of expertise are available to provide project and strategic advice.
  • Recognition – At our graduation ceremony and 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.