CFLeads Snapshot: February

CFLeads Snapshot: February
CFLeads had an exciting month with new staff announcements, speaking engagements, and an in-person Staff Advance in Charlotte, NC!

CFLeads welcomes Meghan Cummings as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Impact, and Operations

At the beginning of February, CFLeads named Meghan Cummings as its new Senior Vice President of Strategy, Impact, and Operations.

In this newly formed position, Cummings will work closely with the President and CEO to execute strategy and advance the practice of community leadership among U.S. community foundations. She will also work closely with the staff leads on programs to advance CFLeads’ strategic objectives: building community leadership capacity for impact, galvanizing progress on community issues, sharing knowledge for community change, organizing the field for improved community outcomes, and leading with operational excellence.

We look forward to officially welcoming Meghan to the team in mid-March!

CFLeads staff convene in Charlotte, NC for Quarterly Staff Advance

At the end of February, CFLeads staff met at the beautiful Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte, NC.

We spent two days focusing on our CFLeads 2.0 work plan led by The Bridgespan Group and centering our work in racial equity. With an amazing guest facilitator, Linetta Gilbert (Gilbert & Associates, LLC), an uplifting message from the comedian Akintunde Warnock, Sr., and brand new staff members, we had a rich and productive team-building experience. We departed from Charlotte with a deepened understanding and commitment to the CFLeads 2.0 ambitious plan.

Thank you so much to our host, Foundation For The Carolinas, and to our special guests!

Danka Klein celebrates 90 days with CFLeads

Danka Klein, Director of Development and Marketing, completed her first 90 days with the CFLeads team in February!

Danka comes to CFLeads with over 12 years of experience leading a rural community foundation in Liberty, Indiana. Now as a key thought leader on the CFLeads team, Danka is motivated to empower community foundations on their path to community leadership. During her first 90 days, Danka has advanced strategies that connect CFLeads to local and national partners, initiated a strategic development plan and had overseen marketing and communications activities. 

We are so lucky to have Danka on the CFLeads team. Please join us in congratulating Danka on her first 90 days!

Driving Economic Mobility: Using Urban Institute’s Upward Mobility Framework and Other Resources for Community Foundations

In collaboration with Urban Institute, CFLeads published a blog post summarizing their Upward Mobility Framework and how community foundations can best utilize this resource. The blog post covers:

  • Upward Mobility Framework;
  • Mobility Metrics;
  • Planning Guide for Local Action;
  • How Community Foundations Can Leverage the Resources and more!

North Carolina community foundations gather in Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Leonard Brock, CFLeads’ Vice President for Learning and Impact (Issues) presented to over 40 North Carolina community foundation staff members at the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers session in Winston-Salem, NC.

Leonard presented on the building-blocks of community leadership and focused on how CFLeads can best support community foundations in their community leadership journey. Thank you to all the North Carolina community foundations for actively participating in this engaging session!

  • Join CFLeads and Press Forward for a webinar about local journalism on March 20. Register here.
  • Sign up for a webinar with CFLeads and HUD about the U.S. housing supply on March 27. Register here.
  • CFLeads is looking for a Program Associate and Database Manager to join our team! Learn more and apply today.
  • Register today for the Practice and Purpose of Policy course with CFLeads and COF on May 21 & 22.
  • Become a CFLeads Investor! Join the national network of community foundations committed to community leadership and support our work.