Examine and Refine Your Leadership Practice with CFLeads

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $50.00
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Streamline your community leadership strategy using the CFLeads Framework for Community Leadership and CF Insights Community Leadership Assessment Tool


Join the staff of CFLeads as they share insights about the practice of community leadership from the garnered collective knowledge of the community foundation field.  
The Framework for Community Leadership, developed by CFLeads, is a framework designed and refined by practitioners in order to help community foundations better understand and practice community leadership. In this conversation, CFLeads will begin with an introduction to the Framework before diving deeper into one of the building blocks of the Framework to demonstrate application techniques in your own leadership work. 
In the second half of the webinar, you’ll learn how CF Insights’ new Community Leadership Assessment Tool provides a set of detailed indicators to help community foundations better work across several dimensions of community leadership: 

“The Community Leadership Assessment Tool focuses on foundations’ engagement in community leadership activities, including their commitment to community leadership work and a self-assessment of their foundation’s performance on these activities. Its development was informed by conversations among community foundations who desired a structured mechanism to assess their community leadership activities and communicate the impact of their work beyond financial metrics.” 

There will be plenty of time for peer sharing, reflection, and questions. Join us as we refine our community leadership practice together! 


Len Bartel, Senior Director of Strategy and Learning, CFLeads 

Len Bartel joined the CFLeads team as Senior Director of Strategy and Learning in January 2018. In this role, he develops approaches and frameworks that advance community foundation learning, assesses and refines current learning opportunities, and promotes a culture of reflection, learning, and continuous improvement. Len believes that community foundations are critical to reimagining the commonweal and advancing equity. He is also committed to the notion that, as in politics, all change is local and community foundations play a vital leadership role in building and supporting communities of solution. 

Len comes to CFLeads with over 20 years of experience in the social sector – 13 years spent working within community-based organizations whose services ranged from community and economic development to rural health care, and the last 9 years working in philanthropy. Len served nearly 8 years as a program officer at the Maine Health Access Foundation where he designed their healthy communities strategy, lead evaluation of their place-based work, managed the foundation’s first program-related investment, and served a multi-funder effort to support nonprofit organizational assessment, development, and sustainability. 

In recognition of his philanthropic leadership, Len has served as an outside reviewer for HUD’s Sustainable Community Regional Planning Grant Program; he was also selected to two national fellowship programs – The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity, and Smart Growth) fellowship, and the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy, sponsored by Grantmakers in Health. Len is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he now lives with his wife and two sons. He’s an avid photographer and enjoys hiking the many gorges in Upstate NY with his family. 


Deborah A. Ellwood, President & CEO, CFLeads 

Deborah believes that community foundations are uniquely positioned to be vital partners in building strong communities and is passionate about helping the field be all it can be. As President and CEO of CFLeads, she guides the strategic direction of the organization and builds alliances that help community foundations deepen their impact. 

Since Deborah joined the organization in December of 2009, she and the CFLeads team have developed and refined highly successful and popular learning opportunities, uncovered and promoted important community leadership practices, and substantially increased the number of organizations that engage with and invest in CFLeads. 

Deborah has a broad background as an advocate, policy analyst, grantmaker, fundraiser and community builder. She served as both a board and staff leader during 10 years with Rochester Area Community Foundation (Rochester, NY), setting strategies that led to greater partnerships, more focused grantmaking and deeper community impact. While at the foundation, she founded a children’s advocacy organization, launched a successful community-wide after-school alliance and led many other community initiatives. Deborah was also co-chair of the public policy subcommittee of the Council on Foundations’ ProNet affinity group. 

An award-winning graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Deborah has been an advocate for low-income children and families at Children Now in California, the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She also developed and taught a popular course on children and public policy at the University of Rochester and served as director of development at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which is leading community development efforts in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood. 


David Rosado, Director, CF Insights

As director of CF Insights, a service of Candid, David helps community foundations make smarter decisions about the way they operate, leveraging data and knowledge shared by a network of engaged community foundations across the United States. David works to set CF Insights’ overall strategy while overseeing its operation, maintaining its data architecture, and perform scans of community foundations on emerging issues in the field. Under David’s supervision, CF Insights has continued to expand the scope of their annual survey of community foundations, launched a repository of community foundation-focused publications and research, and developed a tool to help those in the field track their community leadership journey. 

David brings more than a decade of experience providing services to the community foundation field. He has been with CF Insights since 2015, starting in the role of member services manager. Prior to that, David served for seven years as Foundation Center's grants analyst for community foundations and as Community Foundations Liaison. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in marketing from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Who Should Attend

This program is intended for community foundation staff and board members.


What You’ll Take Away 

An understanding of the CFLeads Framework for Community Leadership and how it might help your staff and board better understand how community leadership integrates into and affects other facets of foundation work.  

An understanding of CF Insights’ Community Leadership Assessment Tool and how to use it with your staff and board.  




  • IPA Members ($0 per webinar): To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the "Register Now" link above and to the right.
  • Members of CMF or POH: Members of CMF and POH must register through their association’s website.
  • All Others ($50 per webinar): Non-members can register by logging into IPA’s website. If you do not have an account, you may create one here.

About the Midwest Webinar Series 

This program is part of the Midwest Community Foundation Webinar Series, which is produced in partnership by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Council of Michigan Foundation, and Philanthropy Ohio. Members of CMF and POH should register with their respective association.  



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