Funder launches leadership-training effort

CCL campus in Colorado Springs
CCL campus in Colorado Springs

In response to what some are calling a leadership crisis in the sector, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership are teaming up to boost the skills of nonprofit leaders.

The “Ladder to Leadership” program will focus on strengthening the skills of early and mid-career professionals working in nonprofit health-care and health-related groups.

The foundation’s $4.15 million commitment to the effort includes a $150,000 planning grant to the Center for Creative Leadership, based in Greensboro, N.C., to develop the program.

Over the next four years, the two organizations will select 30 people from each of nine communities throughout the U.S. to participate in a 16-month training process.

“The three-part curriculum includes a mixture of face-to-face training sessions, individualized executive coaching, and team project work all within the context of the communities in which these leaders work,” Karen Dyer, director of the education and nonprofit sector of the Center for Creative Leadership, says in a statement.

The nine participating communities were chosen based on demographics, need and the commitment of community partners and include:

  • Central New York
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Eastern North Carolina (specific area to be determined)
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Mid-South (western Tennessee, eastern Arizona, northern Mississippi)
  • New Jersey (specific area to be determined)
  • Starr County, Texas

Central New York will be the first community to participate and is accepting applications from nonprofit professionals in the nine counties surrounding Syracuse, Ithaca and Utica in New York State.

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