Cultivating Community Engagement

Cultivating Community Engagement

CFLeads launched the Cultivating Community Engagement Project to uncover, document and promote practices among community foundations and other community philanthropy that support stronger resident engagement in shaping the community’s future.

Cultivating Community Engagement (CCE) Panel — made up of 34 philanthropic leaders, researchers, government officials, and people from neighborhood and community groups who have worked closely with residents — deliberated over nearly a year. The result: A Call to Action for more resident engagement by community foundations and recommendations for important changes in community foundation practice found in the updated Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation.

Resident Engagement Network

Immediately following the release of these two documents, eight community foundations came together for a year to better understand resident engagement and learn how to advance their practice. 



Ten lessons emerged from this work and are more fully discussed in the report, Powerful Partners: Lessons from Community Foundations about Resident Engagement, and illustrated through real-life examples in Community Foundations and Resident Engagement: Stories from the Field. In addition, the Resident Engagement Guidebook, created in collaboration with The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, helps community foundations assess their readiness for this work.