CFLeads Snapshot: February

CFLeads Snapshot: February
Dozens of community foundations from across the Americas strengthened their community leadership this month through CFLeads programs and events. Read below to see how these outstanding community foundations have been utilizing the skills they learn to serve their communities.

Programs & Events

Executive Leadership Institute

Screenshot of a Zoom call with the ELI for CFOs cohort.

Launching a new cohort of ELI for CFOs

Our second Executive Leadership Institute for CFOs cohort met for the first time, exploring the unique role they play in advancing their community foundation’s community leadership work. This virtual cohort includes:

ELI for CEOs Knight Cities wraps up in Washington, D.C.

The 2022 ELI for CEOs Knight Cities cohort gathered for their final meeting at the beginning of February in Washington, D.C. Thank you to the Greater Washington Community Foundation for hosting us!

Congratulations to the following ELI for CEOs graduates for deepening their community leadership practice:

ELI for VPs discuss their foundations’ racial equity journeys in Miami

The 2022-23 ELI for VPs cohort recently came together in Miami for their second meeting. Thank you to Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, President and CEO at The Miami Foundation for hosting and for sharing how the foundation has started to shift its practices to engage community and advance equity.

Thank you also to Pam Ross, Vice President of Community Leadership & Equitable Initiatives at Central Indiana Community Foundation for speaking about the foundation’s trust-based philanthropy work has emerged from its racial equity and community leadership activities.

Cross-country learning in Guadalajara

In February, 117 community foundation leaders, staff and partners from across the Americas met for the Connecting Communities in the Americas Gathering in Guadalajara, Mexico, for two days of strategy sharing and envisioning of a community philanthropy that is locally driven, inclusive and transformational.

Participants from ten countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean shared their perspectives on current issues in philanthropy in their regions, how they are practicing community leadership and nurturing local giving. A big thank you to Corporativa de Fundaciones for playing the role of host community foundation!

It was so inspiring to share this time with philanthropy colleagues across the Americas. We have some beautiful differences, but so much in common. I am so grateful that I could attend.

36 community foundations deepen their public policy knowledge

We were pleased to partner with the Council on Foundations in February to offer a training that provided community foundation leaders and staff with the knowledge and resources needed to excel in advocating for the nonprofits and communities doing the hard work of social change.

Thank you to the following speakers:


Report: Advancing Economic Mobility in our Communities

The results from our two-year Economic Mobility Action Network pilot are now available! Advancing Economic Mobility in our Communities documents the outcomes of six community foundations across the country coming together to develop economic mobility agendas for their communities, using a racial equity lens:

Blog: A community leadership approach to gun violence prevention

Birds eye view of the cohort. Everyone in the picture is sitting.
Members of the Gun Violence Prevention Network in Milwaukee

Our newest blog post shares highlights from the four community foundations that participated in the first cohort of our Gun Violence Prevention Network: