CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change


Learning Opportunities

Executive Leadership Institute

The Executive Leadership Institute is a year-long program focusing exclusively on community leadership for community foundation CEOs and community foundation Vice Presidents (VPs).

Are you a CEO or Vice President interested in learning more about this year-long program focusing exclusively on community leadership?

Caroline Merenda, Program Director, at

As local needs grow and local leadership is disappearing, community foundations are stepping up and using their many assets to work with residents and partners across sectors to tackle tough issues. They are taking on a community leadership role. ELI reflects a growing recognition in the field that the practice of community leadership requires specific skills and strategies.

Want to deepen your foundation’s impact?

Who should participate in ELI? Community foundation CEOs and VPs:

This year-long program includes:

Here's what your colleagues are saying about participating in the Executive Leadership Institute:

I’m leaving today with a number of actionable ideas that I intend to implement right away.  That, alone, is worth the price of admission.
Grant Oliphant, President & CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Often I come to these kinds of programs looking for answers and leave disappointed.  I leave ELI meetings with answers - and many great ideas to explore back home.
Neil Steinberg, President & CEO, The Rhode Island Foundation

ELI has pushed my thinking, and my practice, in ways I could never have done alone. Learning directly from peers in the field has been invaluable.
Clotilde Dedecker, President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Kudos to the resource team for providing another amazing professional development experience that both energizes us and "fills the reservoir" for the challenges we will surely face!
Kathi Horton, President, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Thanks to all for the rich experience and ideas. My head is still bursting with all the possibilities!
Juanita T. James, President & CEO, Fairfield County Community Foundation

After 40 years in nonprofit management, I thought I’d learned everything I needed to know. But, ELI is really something special. The candor and honesty here has been refreshing, challenging and incredibly valuable.
James Williamson, President, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

For more information contact
Caroline Merenda, Program Director, at