Strengthen Your Community Leadership Muscle with CFLeads!

Strengthen Your Community Leadership Muscle with CFLeads!

Registration is now open for the 2022 Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) for VPs and CEOs & Board Pairs!

ELI for CEOs Knight Cities Cohort, Pittsburgh, PA

Are you a community foundation CEO, vice president, or board member interested in advancing your foundation’s community leadership practices and deepening your foundation’s impact? Then apply today to be part of our 2022 cohort of ELI VPs or CEOs & Board Pairs!


Executive Leadership Institute

The Executive Leadership Institute is a year-long learning opportunity that focuses exclusively on community leadership for community foundation CEOs, VPs, and board members. Over the year, ELI cohorts meet three times for two-day small group meetings, including time for structured peer advising.

We created ELI for community foundation leaders in response to growing recognition in the field that the practice of community leadership requires specific skills and strategies. 

Apply to join one of our ELI cohorts and experience a peer learning opportunity that your colleagues have called “magical,” “a game changer,” and “unlike anything you can get anywhere else.”


Apply for the ELI for VPs 2022 Cohort

This opportunity is for community foundation VPs who are:

  • Looking to step up their game and deepen their foundation’s impact   
  • Seeking information on the practices that have shown promise elsewhere   
  • Interested in exchanging ideas with their peers and getting advice from colleagues who understand their challenges   

Our first meeting of ELI for VPs will take place in person in December 2022. To learn more about this opportunity, please click the program overview below.

To apply for this unique learning opportunity, please visit the link below and submit your application by Friday, August 12, 2022.


This has been the most on-target, impactful professional development experience of my career. CFLeads continues to challenge me and my foundation to step up our game for bigger community impact.”
ELI for VPs participant

Apply for the ELI for CEOs and Board Pairs 2022 Cohort

Based on our extremely popular ELI for CEOs, the ELI for CEOs and Board Pairs pilot is being offered in response to community leaders’ desire to strengthen their community leadership practice.

ELI for CEOs and Board Pairs is an intensive learning experience for CEOs and one board member (preferably the Board Chair or Chair-Elect) to develop shared language and understanding of the core concepts of community leadership, thereby helping their institutions to step up, be bolder, and lead change – a change that builds strong, resilient communities where all people can thrive.

Our first ELI for CEOs and Board Pairs meeting will take place in person in November 2022. To learn more about this opportunity, please click the program overview below.

To apply for this exciting pilot program, please visit the link below and submit your application by Friday, August 12 2022.


About CFLeads

The Executive Leadership Institute is a project of CFLeads, the national network of community foundations working together to build strong communities. CFLeads advances community leadership practice, shares knowledge and galvanizes community foundations around the key issues of our time. To learn more about our ELI work, visit our website and stay tuned for future updates.


For more information about our Executive Leadership Institutes, please contact Len Bartel, Vice President of Learning and Impact (Capacity-Building), at lbartel@cfleads.org

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