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LF INITIATIVES

We are dedicated to supporting our members and have witnessed over the past 40+ years what this sort of investment can do. We develop leaders by connecting, developing and equipping  our members through a variety of initiatives. 

How We Serve Our Network

Stages Of Impact

Stages Of Impact

The SOI Online Platform is LF’s primary mechanism to increase the capacity and effectiveness of LF member cities’ work. The SOI strategy is informed by the Wheel of Change (asset-based change model) with the three strategic functions. This online platform aggregates complex data into reports and dashboards and supports the Senior Associates strategy, training curriculum, and network trend identification/predictive modeling.

Innovation Center

Innovation Center

The Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center provides a creative space to generate and scale innovative programs, partnerships, and practices to support cities around the world.

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Senior Associates

Senior Associates

Each of our affiliates is coached by a Senior Associate-a veteran leader who has run a successful organization, has a demonstrated track record of mentoring colleagues and embodies the Leadership Foundations vision, mission, and values. Using LF’s SOI Platform, Senior Associates work with members to develop a custom plan to deepen their impact and mastery of the Wheel Of Change. 

Board Training Initiative

Board Training Initiative

The LF Board Training Initiative, in partnership with the M.J. Murdock Trust, engages staff and board leadership in an intensive year-long initiative that couples training, individualized coaching and personalized work plans to increase board engagement and performance.

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Member Services

Additional services and benefits are made possible through the LF Global Office and coordination of network resources:

Accreditation: A reoccurring Peer Review process that builds on the LLFs submitted SOI data to assess the health, viability, and sustainability of LLFs.

Global Community & Global Office: LLFs are supported by and connected to a world-wide network of transformational leaders.

Independent Sector : Automatic membership to support development, knowledge sharing, public policy, and other IS benefits.

LF Communiques: Monthly LLF President emails, and regular LF podcasts, newsletter, blog, etc. to convey relevant and valuable content.

LLF Presidents and Network Retreat: Training, fellowship building, and knowledge-sharing opportunities for new and current LLFs.

LF Training Essentials with SA coaching: Opportunity for LLF Presidents to review LF core theology, concepts and resources with guided coaching from their SA.

Prayer: Daily email and weekly calls provide opportunities to pray with and for the LF network.

Network Partnerships: Opportunity for LLFs to engage in network-wide connections and partnerships.

Targeted Task Groups: Teams of LLF representatives, LF staff, LF board members, and experts mobilized to achieve a specific purpose.

Tools and Templates: Access to documents, processes, and other tools to help guide LLF work and avoid reinventing the wheel.

Training and Webinars: Opportunities throughout each year to develop as individuals and organizations ranging from webinars to in-person conferences.

Collaborative Grant Center: The CGC identifies funding opportunities for the LF network through public sector and other national or private funding sources.

Activation Fund

Activation Fund

The Rapid Spread Of COVID-19 is ravaging vulnerable urban communities throughout the world. Leadership Foundations, a global network of faith-based intermediary organizations, has stepped up to serve as a distribution and delivery system for investment to rapidly address the many needs produced by the crisis.

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How We Work Together

Global Youth Initiative

Global Youth Initiative

When our youth thrive, our cities thrive. The Global Youth Initiative sees the limitless potential of our youngest citizens, empowering and developing youth as leaders.

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Public Theology

Public Theology

Offering tools and venues for people of faith and people of good will to engage in meaning-making conversations through civil discourse to foster the work of reconciliation in the people and places where LF works. 

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A Time Tested Method

The Wheel Of Change

Tapping into more than 4 decades of experience, our Wheel Of Change consists of 3 interconnected functions that work together to drive positive and lasting change in cities throughout the world. 

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Diversity and Equity

Diversity and Equity

Through the CCIC, The Propel Leadership Project is leveraging our diverse network to create an equity model for leadership in the non-profit sector. 

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New Book Launch

City As Playground Anthology

 is now available for purchase in print and Kindle.

Celia Vigil

Communications Associate

What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.