Executive Leadership Institute for VPs

Executive Leadership Institute for VPs
ELI for VPs 2021-22 Cohort
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 vice presidents. Over the year, ELI cohorts meet three times for two-day small group meetings which includes time for structured peer counseling – always a big hit with our participants! 


“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.”

Chris BargeVice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

ELI creates the space for VPs 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 CEOs. Separate cohorts are created for community foundation VPs and for CEOs to create an intimate peer-to-peer environment.


“[ELI for VPs] was exactly the experience I needed as I began my community foundation journey, especially during this time of significant transformation.”

Pamela Gray PaytonChief Impact and Partnerships Officer, San Diego Foundation

2021-22 Cohort

Below are the participants in our current 2021-22 ELI for VPs cohort:

To see previous ELI for VPs cohorts, visit our alumni page.

ELI for VPs Alumni

Previous cohorts of the Executive Learning Institute for VPs.

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