CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change


Learning Opportunities

Executive Leadership Institute

CFLeads is now accepting applications from CEOs and VPs interested in being part of the 2017 cohorts of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI).

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

Apply Now for
CFLeads ELI for CEOs
Applications due November 1, 2016

Apply Now for
CFLeads ELI for VPs
Applications due December 1, 2016

Caroline Merenda,
Director of Operations and Program Services

As local needs grow, 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:

"This has been the most on-target, impactful professional development experience of my career. CFLeads continues to challenge me and my foundation to step up our game for bigger community impact."

Chris Barge, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives,
The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

"Fabulous and unique opportunity to learn from community foundations of all sizes. Thank you!"

Fred Blackwell, CEO,
The San Francisco 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

"I came to every meeting eager to hear about the progress of my peers and grateful to share the steps in my journey."

Isaiah M. Oliver, Vice President of Community Impact,
Community Foundation of Greater Flint

For more information contact
Caroline Merenda, Director of Operations and Program Services,