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Funders Learning Circle

The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is a national organization of those who fund, study, run and provide services to leadership development programs. We connect our learning, practice and resources out of a shared commitment to developing leadership that can transform society. Our learning is generated and shared through learning circles organized around common geography, issues and affinity. A Funders' Learning Circle was launched at an LLC national gathering in 2004 to explore questions and issues specific to the experience of funding leadership development. Over 40 Circle participants have been engaged in inquiry and knowledge development activities.

Why join the LLC Funders Affinity Circle:

The Funders' Learning Circle provides a safe environment for those who work in philanthropy to explore the issues of leadership development specific to grant makers. The Circle also provides an opportunity for participants to develop sustainable relationships of peer learning and mutual support that are sustained and active between formal meetings. Lessons from the Funders' Learning Circle contribute to a growing knowledge base about the effective practice of leadership development that is strengthened by the perspective of funders. To preserve an environment conducive to learning and candor, discussion that takes place in the circle remains confidential. Summary documents do not attribute remarks to specific participants unless there is a prior agreement and clear reasons for identifying spokespersons for specific issues or work.

The Funders' Circle meets at least twice a year, in the fall and at the LLC national gathering, Creating Space, held each spring. Between these meetings, members of the circle find opportunities to support each other on projects and share information. Over 40 grantmakers with a focus or interest in leadership have participated.

For more information: Contact Deborah Meehan

Leadership Development: Investing in Individuals PDF file [download] [more info]

Grant makers invest in leadership development for many different reasons. There are three broad categories of goals and benefits that grant makers are interested in when they support this work: Stronger and more effective leaders and organizations; Social change in a community, region, or field; and, Benefits for the grant maker’s own organization.

Authors: Deborah Meehan, Ellen Arrick

Subjects: leadership development, funders, grantcraft, guide, guides-tools-reports

09/28/2003 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Making a Significant Difference: Harvesting Outcomes and Results of Community Leadership Investments

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The Leadership Learning Community, the Bush Foundation, Clearway Minnesota, and Consumer Health Foundation hosted 25 funders and evaluators with deep knowledge about, and passion for, making a significant positive difference for people and communities through leadership investments.
 

One of our goals was to harvest learning about significant outcomes and results from community leadership investments.  We used a modified “Most Significant Change” process with everyone creating a large stickie with a headline about their outcome or result (and one or two notes underneath to explain).  We worked as a group to cluster the stickies into five topic areas for deeper discussion and learning. 

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International Leadership Association Conference

Date: 
11/12/2008 - 4:00pm - 11/15/2008 - 4:00pm US/Eastern

Global Leadership: Portraits of the Past, Visions for the Future will be taking place this fall in Los Angeles California. Featured guests include Christine Loh, Connie Rice and Jay Conger. read more »

Agenda: 
See PDF attached below.
Location:
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA
United States

Meeting of Funders and Evaluation Learning Circles

Date: 
10/27/2008 - 9:00am - 10/28/2008 - 1:00pm US/Eastern

"You cannot solve problems with the same level of consciousness that was used to create them." --Albert Einstein read more »

LLC Event: 
LLC Event
Agenda: 
This meeting will bring together leadership funders and evaluators to address some of the following questions: * What changes in design, curriculum and recruitment strategies of leadership programs
Location:
St. Paul, MN
United States
Summary of Results from a Leadership Development Cost-Benefit Analysis Survey PDF file [download] [more info]

The purposes of conducting and evaluating the results of this survey were to: explore the benefits and potential hazards of cost benefit analysis; harvest early learning about what constitutes a strong return on investment (e.g. numbers, strategic impact, etc.) and how it is achieved; and,explore methodologies and approaches for gathering data about the return on leadership investments.

Authors: Claire Reinelt

Subjects: cost benefit, roi, return on investment, program costs, funders, evaluation

04/22/2008 - 09:42 - 3 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Evaluating the Emergence of Leadership Within Networks and Communities of Practice Microsoft Powerpoint file [download] [more info]

Powerpoint presentation on Berkana Institute's theory of change, the evaluation questions they are asking, and the challenges they have faced. This presentation was given at a Boston LLC gathering on September 21, 2007.

Authors: Debbie Frieze

Subjects: evaluation, boston, networks, communities of practice, Berkana

09/22/2007 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Claire Reinelt

A Scan of Leadership Development Efforts in the Greater Washington Region PDF file [download] [more info]

The production of this scan is an outgrowth of meetings of Greater Washington region grantmakers to explore opportunities for working together to accelerate positive changes in the region. The funders group identified the need to build the leadership capacity in the region and collectively decided to commission a scan to better understand the leadership needs and the strengths and limitations of local leadership and capacity building efforts. They partnered with the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, an organization committed to building the strength, visibility, and influence of the nonprofit sector. The Roundtable invited the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) to conduct the scan.

Authors: Deborah Meehan, Leadership Learning Community, Claire Reinelt, Raquel Gutierrez

Subjects: leadership development, funders, washingtondc, scan, collaboration

05/27/2005 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Learning about Networks

Welcome to the Evaluation Learning Circle blog space! We invite you to register to our site and create your own blog to share resources, ideas, and stimulate conversations about leadership development evaluation that are important to you. Here's my first blog post.... In the last few years there has been growing interest among those in the leadership development field to develop and strengthen leadership networks. One of the tools for understanding networks is Social Network Analysis (SNA). read more »

Blueprint Research and Design External website [view] [more info]

Blueprint Research & Design, Inc. helps grantmaking foundations, individual and family donors, and philanthropic networks to achieve their missions. Our learning products fall into three interrelated categories: * Strategy & Program Design * Organizational Learning & Evaluation * Philanthropic Industry Analysis Visit the link below to see the list of documents (pdf format) available for download.

Authors: Amy Luckey

Subjects: evaluation, funders, philanthropy, research, program design

07/18/2007 - 13:04 - 0 comments - 0 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Address:
701 St. Paul Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-547-6600
Fax: 410-547-6624
Website: http://www.aecf.org
Regions Funded:
Leadership Development Support Offered:

Mission Statement and Connection to Leadership Development:

The Foundation and its partners are working to build a field well resourced with leaders capable of creating better futures for disadvantaged children and families.

Description of Relationship with/Involvement in Leadership Development Work:

We do this work by identifying emerging leaders and improving the skills of managers who can oversee cutting-edge organizations, implement complex system reforms, and lead struggling community-based groups. Our contribution to building a field of leaders seeks to:

  • Supply major systems reform and community change efforts with qualified and capable leaders knowledgable in what works to improve outcomes for children and families.
  • Strengthen the leadership, organizational capacity, and financial sustainability of public and nonprofit grantees whose work is essential to the Foundation’s mission.
  • Support parents and residents across communities as they learn skills and take up leadership roles in the Foundation’s major initiatives.

Organizational Profile Part II

Leadership Development Funding Focus Area:
Leadership Development Theories Supported: Field Capacities Developed by Program:
Handbook of Leadership Development Evaluation External website [view] [more info]

This book provides broad and practical information about how to conduct leadership development evaluations using a variety of approaches, many of which have been recently developed. We have intentionally sought authors from a variety of sectors (nonprofit, academic, for-profit, and governmental agencies) to increase the diversity of perspectives, expertise, and experiences represented in these pages. The target populations and program designs covered in this handbook are also diverse; we believe this book represents a powerful opportunity for cross-program and cross-sector learning. In the rich online companion to the book we offer brief summaries of each of the chapters along with resources for each chapter and links to the resources where possible. This information is available by clicking on the book's section titles or chapter headings. To learn more about the content or ordering the book, visit the companion site now (click on the link below to access the companion site).

Authors: Kelly Hannum, Jennifer W. Martineau, Claire Reinelt

Subjects: leadership development, handbook, guide, evaluation

11/29/2006 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 0 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

Exploring Personal Transformation in Leadership Development PDF file [download] [more info]

The Evaluation Learning Circle engaged interested circle members in an inquiry process to better understand how personal transformation links to organizational, community, and social/systemic change, and how to evaluate it. Eighteen topics for inquiry were proposed. Participants were asked to engage in their own inquiry process over a six month period in advance of our gathering in September. Prior to the meeting, participants were asked to share the results of their inquiry. During the session, we had three conversation catalysts that focused on the benefits of investing in evaluation collaborations for cross-program learning and building the knowledge of the field. Four domains of change, and representative indicators, emerged from our collective responses as well as potential directions for evaluation work and a list of resources. Download the summary document of the process and the session below.

Authors: Claire Reinelt, Kim Hsieh

Subjects: evaluation, funders, cross program

11/27/2004 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Commissioning MultiCultural Evaluation PDF file [download] [more info]

Foundation resource guides entitled Commissioning Multicultural Evaluation and supporting materials. Participants worked with guiding principles for multicultural evaluation to assess the cultural proficiency of leadership development evaluations.

Authors: Hanh Cao Yu

Subjects: bay area, multicultural, leadership development, guides-tools-reports, evaluation, california endowment

06/18/2007 - 10:32 - 0 comments - 4 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

Supporting the Next Generation of Intercultural Leaders: A Dialogue With Young Leaders PDF file [download] [more info]

This document summarizes a focus group of young people, ages 18 - 28 who came together to address questions of intercultural leadership. They spoke to life experiences that compelled them to reach out across their own cultures, the skills that enabled them to do this successfully, and lessons about how to cultivate these abilities in leaders.

Authors: Taj James

Subjects: pipeline, nextgen, leadership, intercultural, generational transfer, emerging, bridging, boundary-crossing leadership

11/05/2001 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Cultivating Bridge Leadership PDF file [download] [more info]

Bay Area leadership development programs met to identify skills critical to bridging competency and practices that develop these skills.

Authors: Leadership Learning Community, Deborah Meehan

Subjects: losangeles, leadership, corecompetencies, california, bridge leadership, boundary-crossing leadership

08/05/2001 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

A Dialogue with Bridge Leaders PDF file [download] [more info]

The LLC convened a gathering of 15 recognized Bridge Leaders in Los Angeles. The LLC was asked to host this discussion by 5 California foundations responding to a request from the community in the aftermath of the LA riots. Participants were asked how to cultivate and support bridge leaders.

Authors: Leadership Learning Community, Deborah Meehan

Subjects: losangeles, leadership, corecompetencies, california, bridge leadership, boundary-crossing leadership

08/05/2001 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Multiple Styles of Leadership: Increasing the Participation of People of Color in the Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector PDF file [download] [more info]

The Leadership Learning Community has partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on a research project to draw on the combined experience of more than 100 leadership programs with regard to strategies for increasing the access to and sustainability of leadership positions for people of color in the sector. The first phase of the project focused on the "pipeline," was titled "Lessons from the Field of Leadership Development: How to Increase Leadership Opportunities for People of Color" and was led by Deborah Meehan. The second phase of the project was titled "Multiple Styles of Leadership: Increasing the Participation of People of Color in the Leadership of the Nonprofit Sector" and was led by Elissa Perry. Download the notes from one of the focus groups and reports from both phases of the work below.

Authors: Kate Oppenheimer, Jamie Schenker, Elissa Perry, Deborah Meehan

Subjects: bay area, race, pipeline, next generation, leadership styles, generational transfer, emerging leaders, culture

05/15/2007 - 13:52 - 0 comments - 5 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

Blog Entries

  • Claire Reinelt

    The Leadership Learning Community, the Bush Foundation, Clearway Minnesota, and Consumer Health Foundation hosted 25 funders and evaluators with deep knowledge about, and passion for, making a significant positive difference for people and communities through leadership investments.
     

    One of our goals was to harvest learning about significant outcomes and results from community leadership investments.  We used a modified “Most Significant Change” process with everyone creating a large stickie with a headline about their outcome or result (and one or two notes underneath to explain).  We worked as a group to cluster the stickies into five topic areas for deeper discussion and learning. 

    10/31/2012 - 11:34
  • LLC Staff

     

     

    October 24th, 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM | 

    Lunch and Breakfast Provided

    09/17/2012 - 17:10
  • Claire Reinelt

    Welcome to the Evaluation Learning Circle blog space! We invite you to register to our site and create your own blog to share resources, ideas, and stimulate conversations about leadership development evaluation that are important to you. Here's my first blog post.... In the last few years there has been growing interest among those in the leadership development field to develop and strengthen leadership networks. One of the tools for understanding networks is Social Network Analysis (SNA).

    07/22/2007 - 12:04

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Exploring Personal Transformation in Leadership Development 06/27/2007 - 15:29 Elissa Perry
A Dialogue with Bridge Leaders 06/05/2007 - 14:02 Elissa Perry
Cultivating Bridge Leadership 06/05/2007 - 14:09 Elissa Perry
Supporting the Next Generation of Intercultural Leaders: A Dialogue With Young Leaders 06/05/2007 - 14:32 Elissa Perry
Commissioning MultiCultural Evaluation 06/18/2007 - 10:32 Elissa Perry
Blueprint Research and Design 07/18/2007 - 13:04 Elissa Perry
A Scan of Leadership Development Efforts in the Greater Washington Region 07/27/2007 - 12:19 Elissa Perry
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