Executive Leadership Institute for CEOs

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

As communities across the country face increasing challenges and competing needs, community foundations are stepping up, leveraging their many assets to work with residents and partners across sectors to tackle tough issues. 

ELI is a year-long learning opportunity that focuses exclusively on community leadership for community foundation CEOs. Over the year, ELI cohorts meet three times for two-day small group meetings which includes time for structured peer advising – always a big hit with our participants! 


ELI has pushed my thinking, and my practice, in ways I could have never done alone. Learning directly from peers in the field has been invaluable.

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker President & CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

ELI creates the space for CEOs to learn from their peers while working towards their own community leadership goals. This program is a great fit for any community foundation leaders 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

We also offer ELI for community foundation Vice-Presidents. Separate cohorts are created for community foundation VPs and for CEOs to create an intimate peer-to-peer environment.


A must-attend! No greater learning experience or opportunity exists in the community foundation field.

Shelly O’QuinnPresident & CEO, Innovia Foundation

2022 Cohort

CFLeads is excited to announce the formation of our newest Executive Leadership Insititute (ELI) for CEOs cohort, generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation! 

Our 2022 ELI for CEOs Knight Cities Cohort includes:

About Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation is a group of social investors who support democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in community, research in areas of media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once had newspapers.

Learn more about our previous cohorts by visiting the Alumni link below.

ELI for CEOs Alumni

Previous cohorts of the Executive Learning Institute for CEOs.

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CFLeads is excited to announce the formation of our newest Executive Leadership Insititute (ELI) for CEOs cohort, generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation! 

Executive Leadership Institute – Program Overview

A program overview for the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) for CEOs and VPs.