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Cultivating Community Engagement Project

Cultivating Community Engagement Project

Call to Action

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Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation

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Powerful Partners: Lessons from Community Foundations about Resident Engagement

Powerful Partners: Lessons from Community Foundations on Resident Engagement


Community Foundations and Resident Engagement:
Stories from the Field

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Resident Engagement Guidebook

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Summary of Resident Engagement Findings

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In 2012, CFLeads launched the Cultivating Community Engagement Project to uncover, document and promote practices among community foundations and other community philanthropy that support stronger resident engagement in shaping the community's future.

A Cultivating Community Engagement (CCE) Panel — made up of 34 philanthropic leaders, researchers, government officials, and people from neighborhood and community groups who have worked closely with residents – deliberated over the course of nearly a year. The result: A Call to Action for more resident engagement by community foundations and recommendations for important changes in community foundation practice found in the updated Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation.

Immediately following the release of these two documents, eight community foundations came together for a year to better understand resident engagement and learn how to advance their own practice.

Ten lessons emerged and are more fully discussed in an October 2014 report, Powerful Partners: Lessons from Community Foundations about Resident Engagement, and illustrated through real-life examples in Community Foundations and Resident Engagement: Stories from the Field. In addition, the Resident Engagement Guidebook helps community foundations assess their readiness for this work.

Thanks to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their generous support of this groundbreaking work.

For more information, contact Caroline Merenda, CFLeads Program Director, at cmerenda@cfleads.org or 800.292.6149 ext. 610.