CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change


Learning Opportunities in Brief

Want to deepen your impact? CFLeads offers a wide variety of learning opportunities including webinars, conference sessions, issue networks, community leadership networks and courses, national symposia and more. Read on to learn more! 

Issue Networks Learn More

Coming together to make progress on critical community issues

WHAT: Improves knowledge, builds peer connections, and changes systems and policies, building on our community leadership networks described below. Offered in partnership with content experts. (current networks include the Asset Development Action Alliance and the Community Foundation Equity Network)

WHO: 6-10 community foundation teams made up of senior staff, board members and community partners with an interest in making progress on a particular issue.

HOW: Multiple in-person meetings over 12-18 months

Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) for CEOs and Vice Presidents Learn More

“Magical” peer engagement

WHAT: A year-long, peer-to-peer, intensive learning opportunity. Cohorts made up of up to a dozen community foundation CEOs or Vice Presidents (VPs).

WHO: Cohorts of CEOs and cohorts of VPs who want to engage with colleagues about the opportunities and barriers facing community foundations as they embrace a community leadership strategy.

HOW: 3, 2-day in-person meetings over a year.

Introduction to Community Leadership Learn More

A first if its kind course open to all community foundation staff members interested in deepening their knowledge of community leadership

WHAT: An introductory class intended to build the skills, knowledge, and resources of community foundation staff to embrace and/or deepen their community leadership practice.

WHO: All staff from community foundations with support from senior leadership are invited to participate.

HOW: A 1.5 day course offered multiple times per year.

Community Leadership Network (CLN) Learn More

Powerful team-based learning to strengthen your community leadership muscle

WHAT: A tested and successful program to build peer connections and advance practice.

WHO: 7-10 community foundation teams made up of senior staff and board members with an interest in improving their community leadership practice.

HOW: 3, 3-day, in-person meetings over a year

Community Leadership Assessments

Interactive learning with your peers

WHAT: A self-assessment using the Framework for Community Leadership to identify your foundation’s community leadership strengths and challenges.

WHO: Community foundation leaders interested in assessing their community leadership capacity.

National Symposia

Large gatherings of community foundations peers dedicated to particular issues or the field as a whole

WHAT: An opportunity to explore key issues and challenges facing communities, and to convene as a peer group around community leadership (examples include the Fall Forum, held biannually for CFLeads investors).

WHO: 50-75 community foundation leaders, includes expert speakers and peer stories


Let us know what interests you!

WHAT: Illustrations of great community leadership in practice.

WHO: Good for community foundation staff and board members.

Email your ideas for future webinars to