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January 2017 Newsletter

Creating Transformational Leaders: 2016 Ladder to Leadership Cohort


Community Memorial Foundation graduated its 2016 Ladder to Leadership cohort at the La Grange Country Club on January 11th. Developed by the Center for Creative Leadership, Ladder to Leadership is a 16-month training program for emerging non-profit leaders. It uses training sessions, mentorship and action learning projects to improve the skill sets of these individuals and, in turn, bolster their organizations and the communities they serve. The 2016 cohort included 16 fellows from various CMF grantee organizations.

Ladder to Leadership is one of the Foundation’s key capacity building initiatives. It also represents an important step toward nurturing the development of leaders that are well-trained, service-oriented, and reflect the diversity of our communities — a Value of the Regional Health and Human Services Agenda. Says 2016 Fellow April Dislers, “This journey, making the entire region become healthy, starts with one person at a time.”

Click here to watch the 2016 Ladder to Leadership Fellows discuss how the program has made a difference in both their personal and professional development.

Revised Grant Application Deadlines

Effective immediately, and beginning with the spring 2017 grant cycle, the Community Memorial Foundation grant application deadlines have been revised as follows:


Spring Cycle: March 15 at 5:00pm

Fall Cycle: September 15 at 5:00pm

While the application deadlines have changed, all other submission processes remain the same, as do the Foundation’s funding priorities. Further information on the responsive grants program and application process can be found here.

We appreciate your accommodation of this revised timeline, which will allow Foundation staff to conduct thorough examination of all requests in a timely and efficient manner. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to Foundation staff with any questions.

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