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Community Leadership Webinar June 11, 2009 Widening the Tent: Building Relationships for Community Leadership. Welcome. Second Community Leadership Webinar Hosted by CFLeads & the Council on Foundations 200 participants from 90+ CFs. Agenda.

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Community Leadership Webinar

June 11, 2009

Widening the Tent:

Building Relationships for Community Leadership

welcome
Welcome
  • Second Community Leadership Webinar
  • Hosted by CFLeads & the Council on Foundations
  • 200 participants from 90+ CFs
agenda
Agenda

Lauren CasteelVice President, Philanthropic Partnerships

The Denver Foundation

Tom Wilcox President & CEOBaltimore Community Foundation

Q & A

national task force on community leadership
National Task Force on Community Leadership
  • 30 philanthropic leaders
  • 12 months
  • 2 frameworks – individual community foundation and field-level
cl framework value
CL Framework Value
  • Many pathways to community leadership – not prescriptive
  • A way to unpack complex concepts and processes
  • A tool for planning that starts from analysis rather than intuition
  • A tool for taking stock and evaluating progress
  • A means to target the right actions to achieve desired results
  • Finally…a definition of community leadership
community leadership definition
Community Leadership Definition

The community foundation is a catalyzing force that creates a better future for all by addressing the community’s most critical or persistent challenges, inclusively uniting people, institutions and resources, and producing significant, widely shared and lasting results.  

framework for community leadership first level building blocks
Framework for Community Leadership, First Level Building Blocks

A.

Values, culture and will

B.

Relationships

C.

Resources

D.

Understanding and skills

b relationships building block first level building block
B. Relationships Building BlockFirst-Level Building Block

The community foundation continuously builds the relationships to exercise community leadership.

building block b second level building blocks
Building Block B: Second-Level Building Blocks

B.1 The community foundation is positioned to join with or convene those involved in, affected by or concerned about an issue.

B.2 The community foundation engages and supports other community leaders.

b 1 join with or convene
B.1 – Join with or convene
  • Core expectation for staff & board
  • Nurtures relationships & trust
  • Has access to diverse group of leaders
  • Hands on in neighborhoods
  • Bring vulnerable and voiceless to the table
  • Reach outside the community, as needed
b 2 support other community leaders
B.2 – Support other community leaders
  • Joins other leaders’ efforts
  • Builds capacity of community leaders
  • Supports new leaders, especially from under-represented communities
  • Believes groups should choose their own leaders
community foundation leadership
Community Foundation Leadership

RELATIONSHIPS

Lauren Casteel

Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships

The Denver Foundation

second level building block
Second Level Building Block
  • The Community Foundation is positioned to join with or convene those involved in, affected by or concerned about an issue.
relationships
Relationships…

1a. Building and outreach are

core expectations for community foundation staff, board and volunteers.

How???

tdf strategic plan
TDF Strategic Plan
  • Mission: We inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community.
  • Vision: We envision a community where all residents in Metro Denver have opportunity for a high quality life… The ability to give of themselves and connect with their community.
our values
Our Values
  • Leadership:

-We listen to and learn from our community.

  • Equity

- People.

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Inclusiveness:

We practice and champion inclusiveness in our community. We honor diverse strengths, needs, voices and backgrounds of all members of our community.

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Accountability:

…honor the charitable intentions of our donors…

1b the community foundation nurtures relations and fosters trust throughout the community
1b. The community foundation nurtures relations and fosters trust throughout the community.

Listening Campaign

community grants
Community Grants

Workshops

Site Visits

Technical Assistance

donors
Donors
  • Information, support, ongoing education, professional advisors.
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1c. The community foundation has access to a diverse group of leaders through its board, staff, donors, volunteers, grantees and partners.Who???

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Our diversity spans the spectrum of abilities, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, linguistic differences, national origins, political perspectives and sexual orientation.
  • Inclusiveness Initiative
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2008/2009 board “majority minority.”

All project and grantmaking advisory committees comparable diversity.

  • Interpreter provided for staff,
  • classes in ASL or Spanish.
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1d. The community foundation is actively and directly involved in

those neighborhoods and places

where it is doing community

leadership work.

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1e. The community foundation engages the vulnerable and the voiceless in community problem solving .
comprehensive gang model
Comprehensive Gang Model

Community members, nonprofits, government and former gang members coming together in churches and parks.

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1f. The community foundation builds relationships with those outside the community whose connections, resources, interests and abilities may support community leadership work.
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2a. The community foundation follows or joins efforts initiated and led by others.

What???

philanthropic leadership committee
Philanthropic Leadership Committee
  • Poverty -

compilation report building on research by others

  • Invited reflection
  • Interviewed others - RE: Gaps
hunger
Hunger
  • Feedback from food banks
  • Critical Needs Fund
  • Donor engagement
  • Short-term strategy to meet immediate needs
policy advocacy
Policy & advocacy
  • State system for enrollment

- Poverty Reduction Task Force

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2c. The community foundation engages and supports new leaders, especially from groups underrepresented in the community’s leadership structure, to succeed and gain influence.
impact
Impact

Nonprofit Internship Program

The Community

Donors

Nonprofits

lessons learned
Lessons Learned

The development of internal and external relationships with all of our stakeholders leverages and enhances our work. In challenging times - it is important to value all of the assets we have available to us in service to and in partnership with our community.

cool tool
Cool Tool!

www.nonprofitinclusiveness.org

vision programs and relationships make big things happen in baltimore
Tom Wilcox

President and CEO

Baltimore Community Foundation

Vision, Programs and Relationships Make Big Things Happen in Baltimore
bcf relationship building architecture
BCF Relationship-Building Architecture
  • Improve credibility in community
  • Create a bold vision
  • Share ownership
  • Support other community leaders’ interests
  • Create expectations
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2001 Strategic Plan Goal V

BCF will participate in crafting and articulating a broad civic agenda for the region, which will serve as a framework for BCF’s programmatic work.

improve credibility
Improve Credibility

Diversify board

Democratize grantmaking

diversify the board
Diversify the Board

Baltimore a majority-minority city

Needed to strengthen ties in African-American community

5 of first 7 new board members African-American

Remains high-powered fiduciary board

democratize grantmaking
Democratize grantmaking

Delegated grantmaking to committees

Committees composed of BCF board & community members

Each major initiative has its own board

Staff works for committees

Promotes buy-in and ownership

create a bold vision
Create a bold vision

Unifying theme

Offer many entry points

Focused on results, not BCF

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Catch-22

People reluctant to locate / invest in city that’s unsafe, lacking family supports

City requires tax base to increase safety, family supports

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Baltimore boasts

a growing economy in which

all have the opportunity to thrive

Diversity infuses all grantmaking

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Invest in Baltimore

Baltimore boasts

a growing economy in which

all have the opportunity to thrive

Diversity infuses all grantmaking

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Invest in Baltimore: Many paths, one vision.

Baltimore boasts

a growing economy in which

all have the opportunity to thrive

Diversity

Youth

Promoting Baltimore

Transportation

Neighborhoods

Education

Arts & Culture

Environment

Human Services

Diversity infuses all grantmaking

healthy neighborhoods initiative1
Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative

Identified need city hadn’t recognized

Created plan to revive neighborhoods that “could go either way”

Mayor’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative

Political cover  instant relationship with mayor

healthy neighborhoods inc
Healthy Neighborhoods Inc.

Community Development Board

Created Initiative

Used discretionary dollars, raised funds and contributed substantial amounts

Make-up: ½ bank presidents and ½ neighborhood leaders  new relationships yield benefits in the community

healthy neighborhoods inc1
Healthy Neighborhoods Inc.

Payoff:

Originally 6 neighborhoods, now 35

City provides annual funds for operations and revolving loan fund

City gains millions of dollars in previously-unrealized tax revenues…

more payoff benefiting kids
More Payoff…Benefiting Kids

BCF & partner advocacy  City applies new tax revenues to fund after-school initiative created by BCF’s Children & Families Committee

the moral
The moral

All of this was made possible by empowering committees to act on their own.

create high expectations
Create high expectations

Created an evaluation tool for BCF board performance

BCF and initiative board members expected to contribute financially, raise funds and advocate

 Commitment becomes the norm

lessons learned1
Lessons Learned

Create shared vision for your community

Create culture of shared responsibility and ownership

Create clear expectations about participation and contribution by volunteers

Create structures for broad engagement

lessons learned2
Lessons Learned
  • Bring in public officials and co-investors at front end
  • Increase relationship capital by measuring and communicating impact
  • Give credit away
  • Keep focus on issues, not political affiliation
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Q & A
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  • To remove yourself from queue, press *2
  • Please state your name & community foundation before asking your question
  • Direct your question to one of the presenters
  • In interest of time, community foundation staff and board only
thanks
Thanks!
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