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Leadership Foundations' Strategic Partners work with us to address the complex challenges facing our cities today.

Athletes in Action

Athletes in Action

Athletes in Action (AIA) is the world’s largest sports ministry, with programming in more than 200 countries. 

Leadership Foundations partners with Athletes in Action through the Global Youth Initiative’s Sport for Development program by providing culturally relevant training to coaches and youth participants.

Street Psalms

Street Psalms trains the heads, hearts, and hands or urban leaders to love their city and seek its peace.

As Leadership Foundations’ training partner, Street Psalms works alongside the LF network through global training hubs to developing incarnational leaders in vulnerable urban communities. 

Independent Sector

Independent Sector is the only US-based national membership organization that brings together a diverse community of changemakers at nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs working to strengthen civil society and ensure all people in the US thrive. Leadership Foundations and each local Leadership Foundation are members. 

Leadership Foundations also partners with Independent Sector leadership in creating space for generative faith-based participation in civil society.  

construction for change

Construction for Change

Construction for Change partners with nonprofits, NGOs and government ministries to build spaces where people can become healthier, better educated, and increase economic mobility.

Leadership Foundations partners with Construction for Change in select locations.  

Breaking Ground

Leadership Foundations is proud to serve as an affiliate partner of Breaking Ground, a collaborative web commons that seeks to inspire a dynamic ecosystem of thinkers and doers to respond to the needs of the world’s current realities.  


An online platform and app, eCoach gives young athletes access to professional, world-class coaches through expert instructional tips, drills and video analysis tools.

Leadership Foundations partners with eCoach to utilize sports as an avenue for youth development. In partnership with the NBA Coaches Association, eCoach distributes content through an online app, providing basketball training to coaches and youth participants in LF’s Global Youth Initiative, free of charge.



ReWire trains people, pastors and communities to be “contemplatives in action.” Training participants bring the hope of Jesus to the broken, the poor, and the marginalized of our world through an intentional and strategic plan designed to move churches and individuals toward transformed hearts and Kingdom living.

Leadership Foundations partners with ReWire to engage suburban congregations on behalf of the marginalized.

Centre for Contextual Ministry

Centre for Contextual Ministry

Based at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, The Centre for Contextual Ministry was established to focus on the training of community leaders in Africa and beyond, for contextual engagement in their communities.

Leadership Foundations partners with The Centre for Contextual Ministry as the training and development partner in Africa.

Bakke Graduate University

Building on a global, urban, theological network created over 30 years by Ray Bakke and others, Bakke Graduate University is a unique network of thinkers, leaders, and practitioners in the global Christian church.

Leadership Foundations partners with Bakke Graduate University by offering online classes on urban theology and practices to learn the new realities of the global urban world.

Texas A&M Department of Sport Management

Leadership Foundations partners with Texas A&M University on the Global Youth Initiative’s Sport for Development program. Texas A&M oversees the Sport for Development programming, research, and outcome measurement, ensuring sound sports programming is developed and implemented in local Leadership Foundations across the world. 

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City As Playground Anthology

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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.