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Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation

July 1, 2013

In 2007 -- 2008, CFLeads convened the National Task Force on Community Leadership to define community leadership from a uniquely community foundation perspective. The result: Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation. The Framework incorporates levels of building blocks essential to consistent, effective leadership. This Framework serves as a foundational document on community leadership for the field. In 2012-2013, CFLeads convened the 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. After deliberating over the course of nearly a year, the Panel issued a Call to Action for more resident engagement by community foundations and made recommendations for important changes in community foundation practice. This call for more resident engagement resulted in the Panel's updating of the Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation.