Community Leadership Fund

We believe that unrestricted dollars fuel innovation, responsiveness and exemplary service to our donors, our grantees and our community. Yet gifts with no strings are not common. That’s why we appreciate them so much and use them so carefully.

Our impact

The Community Leadership Fund is a load-bearing wall, supporting every aspect of our work. It is our R&D facility and our passing gear, as well. Gifts to this Fund are used to sponsor research; host community conversations; launch new programs that fill the key gaps we find; and conduct due diligence on several million dollars of grant distributions to several hundred nonprofits each year.

Speaker at Immigration Initiative Event

$75 Million +

in grants and scholarships since inception


200 +

site visits yearly with local charities


5,000 +

residents have joined town hall discussions


Stories of our impact

For our 20th anniversary in 2014, we gave a gift to the community: a free public talk by Sal Khan, the Founder and Executive Director of Khan Academy, perhaps the most heralded education nonprofit in the country at this time. Despite a violent hailstorm and a power outage in the Lincoln Theater, 600 parents and teens turned out to see Mr. Khan, lighting his talk with hundreds of smartphones held aloft in a darkened auditorium.

Speaker at 2014 20th Anniversary

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