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 advising – 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.”
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.
“I came to every meeting eager to hear about the progress of my peers and grateful to share the steps in my journey.”
We are taking ELI for VPs virtual this year! Through our interactions with community foundations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the critical role they are playing in communities across the country. While we are not able to gather in person, the ability to learn from our peers is so important as we all work to navigate a crisis for which there is no playbook.
Applications are open to join this one-of-a-kind, now virtual program! Visit our application page below to get started.