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Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation

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The Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation is a seminal document that defines community leadership from a uniquely community foundation perspective. Developed by the National Task Force on Community Leadership, a group of 36 community foundation leaders convened by CFLeads over a decade ago, the Framework articulates the building blocks essential to consistent, effective leadership. It is the foundational document on community leadership for the field. 

A few years after the creation of the initial Framework, CFLeads convened the 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.  After deliberating over the course of nearly a year, the Panel issued a Call to Action for more resident engagement by community foundations and made recommendations for important changes in community foundation practice. This call for more resident engagement resulted in the Panel’s updating of the Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation.