CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change


Community Leadership Networks

“THE best learning experience possible.”

Community Leadership Networks (CLNs) are action-oriented, cumulative, peer-learning networks for groups of community foundations that want to work together to improve their practice of community leadership. CLNs provide sustained forums for groups of 6–12 community foundation teams to work together to build their capacity, explore new approaches and share promising practices. Each team has 2–6 participants consisting of the CEO and at least one board member. 

The CLN is based on the Framework of Community Leadership by a Community Foundation, which provides a definition of community leadership by a community foundation, laying out a number of building blocks that describe the key elements that are in place for a community foundation to fully realize its community leadership potential.

What your community foundation colleagues have said about participating in a CLN

“I learned of the unbelievable potential community foundations have to make significant impact in the communities they serve.”

“This has been one of the most powerful experiences I have had during my work with the foundation.”

“I would strongly recommend that each foundation participate in a CLN at some point.”

Interested in participating?

If you are interested in participating in a future Community Leadership Network, contact Caroline Merenda, Program Director, at, for information.