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Cultivating Community Engagement


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $25,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2013–December 31, 2014
  • Location Accord, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

CFLeads is a national learning cooperative that advocates for and advances the practice of community leadership among community foundations. The Cultivating Community Engagement project has the following objectives: 1) uncover and document practices among community foundations that promote and support stronger citizen engagement in shaping the community’s future; 2) test the identified practices through a peer learning network in which network participants adopt and adapt the new practices; and 3) refine and disseminate recommendations on best practices and examples of effective community engagement to community foundation professionals. In its first phase, a 34-person panel oversaw and contributed to the development of a case statement and key practices for resident engagement by community foundations. In the second phase, the panel has been testing the findings through a peer learning network. A grant increase will allow the grantee to synthesize, publish, and broadly disseminate the results throughout the community foundation field.