Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Community Leadership Project

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are partnering on Community Leadership Project, a six-year, $20 million initiative to build the capacity of organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in three targeted regions of California: San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and the Central Coast.

The Community Leadership Project began in 2009, with an initial three-year investment of $10 million. The three foundations funded general operating support to small nonprofits as well as an array of capacity-building models and approaches. Ultimately we worked with 27 intermediaries to provide substantial levels of support to 100 small organizations and to offer trainings, workshops and leadership development opportunities to more than 300 leaders and organizations. The mid-point evaluation showed that the initiative made a difference for participating organizations in a variety of ways. Some organizations pioneered new approaches to financial stability, others adopted a new focus on strategic planning, and many others report strengthened leadership skills.

In 2012, the three foundations renewed the Community Leadership Project for a second and final three-year phase, making changes to the program based on feedback from grantees about what is working well and what can be improved. The foundations’ goal in Phase II is to increase the sustainability of a group of approximately 60 small, community-based organizations.

We awarded $8 million in grants in 2012. In addition, the foundations will consider up to $2 million in challenge grants as the initiative concludes in 2015.

For more information, visit the Community Leadership Project website.

For the story of one group of Community Leadership Project grantees, and what this support has meant for them, check out this video.