||The Community Leadership Project is a time-limited partnership among the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Over the past six years, this project has strengthened small and mid-size community organizations serving low-income people and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. Through collaborations with regional intermediary organizations, the three foundations have made general operating support grants, and supported leadership development and technical assistance, for hundreds of organizations since the project’s launch in 2009, with plans to continue through 2015.
During the first phase of the project (2009–2012), underwritten with $10 million, 100 small and mid-size organizations received financial support, and 300 organizations and leaders developed skills through trainings and workshops. The Phase 1 evaluation found that community-based organizations participating in the Community Leadership Project were already becoming more financially stable, building leadership and becoming more resilient as a result of the initiative. During the second phase (2012–2015), the foundations honed their focus on organizational sustainability, dedicating $8 million toward the goal of helping 56 community organizations develop strong and resilient leadership, become more adaptive and grow more financially stable.
Now, as the project nears its final year, the three foundations are committing an additional $2 million in a final phase for one-year general support or capacity-building concluding grants. These grants will be made eligible to current Community Leadership Project grantees through the intermediaries.