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LeaderSpring, a project of the Tides Center

LeaderSpring, a project of the Tides Center, fosters high-performing nonprofits, strengthens the leadership and management skills of executive directors, and promotes both cross-sector partnerships and leadership renewal.

Through the Community Leadership Project, LeaderSpring provides leaders of color with an intensive, two-year and locally based on-the-job program to strengthen nonprofit leadership and capacity.

Region Served: Greater San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, San Francisco and Contra Costa counties

Phase 1 (2009-2012): $200,000
Phase 2 (current): $150,000

Program Details:
During Phase 1, LeaderSpring provided its core fellowship program for up to 75 leaders in the Bay Area. Most fellowships were awarded to leaders of color. The program featured goal setting, monthly leadership circles, customized study trips and executive coaching, and overnight retreats at the beginning and end of the program. It also allowed fellows to participate in an alumni network upon completion of the program. A hallmark of this program was the opportunity it provided for deep engagement around issues such as power, privilege and difference within a multi-cultural and inter-generational leadership group. LeaderSpring graduates benefit from participation in a richly diverse alumni network now comprised of 158 members.

As a Phase 2 intermediary, LeaderSpring will continue to provide leadership support with largely the same scope and structure to executive directors of CLP community grantee organizations. This grant will allow 10 to 12 CLP community grantees from the Bay Area to participate in the classic LeaderSpring Fellowship.

Selection Process:
Participants are selected through an open and competitive process, using existing LeaderSpring selection criteria.

Watch a video about the LeaderSpring program on our Highlights page.

Project Launched: Summer 2009


Project Contact:
Cynthia Chavez
(510) 286-8949