Leadership Institute

Community Memorial Foundation believes that leadership requires the capacity to turn vision into reality. That’s why we provide grantee board members and staff leadership with training in key areas of organizational development.

Strengthening Leaders, Strengthening Organizations

After soliciting feedback from grantee focus groups, Leadership Institute workshops will focus on three areas:
  • Financial Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Racial Equity | Racial Justice
Workshops are open to board and staff of CMF grantee partner organizations; up to two people per organization may attend.

Workshops will be facilitated by Janine Hill of Soar Strategies, and will be conducted via Zoom.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend both Part 1 & Part 2. Due to limited capacity, workshops will be offered multiple times. Only two people per grantee organization may attend, and these individuals should have the power and decision-making authority to make the cultural shifts necessary for sustained racial equity work.

Racial Equity | Part 1

This session explores why racism exists, how racial equity is both a process and an outcome, and how our personal experiences influence the way we show up with our colleagues and partners.


Racial Equity Assessment

This session premieres a customized racial equity assessment tool for grantee organizations.


This session will build upon the concepts in Part 1, while providing concrete tips and organizational examples of successful racial equity strategies.

September 9: 8:00 โ€“ 10:00 AM

September 21: 10:00 AM โ€“ 12:00 PM

October 13: 3:00 โ€“ 5:00 PM


Equity Learning Circles

CMF will host a series of equity learning circles in early fall to provide grantees with a forum to discuss their racial equity journeys and brainstorm next steps to apply these principles in their own work.

Registration information is forthcoming. Grantees must attend either Racial Equity | Part 1 or Part 2 to attend the Equity Learning Circles.

Questions? Please contact:

Tom Fuechtmann, Senior Program Officer, at 630.654.4729


Reference Materials

Organizational Racial Equity Assessment Tool
Racial Equity Assessment Q&As


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