Ford Foundation Leadership Program

Posted by on October 10, 2002

[From the RFP Bulletin]

Ford Foundation Invites Nominations for Leadership for a Changing World Program

Deadline: January 7, 2003

Leadership for a Changing World, an initiative of the Ford Foundation ( ), in partnership with the Advocacy Institute ( ) and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University ( ), seeks to recognize, strengthen, and support emerging leaders and to highlight the importance of community leadership in improving lives. The program annually recognizes twenty outstanding leaders or leadership groups not yet broadly known beyond their immediate community or field.

Leaders recognized by are active in a range of areas and fields, including economic and community development, human rights, the arts, education, human development, sexual and reproductive health, religion, media, and the environment. Awardees will receive $100,000 over two years to support their work and will be provided an Independent Learning Account of $30,000 for supporting activities that advance their efforts. The funds will be made available to the nonprofit organization associated with the awardee. (Arrangements can be made for fiscal agents if awardees are not formally associated with a 501(c)(3) organization.)

Over the two-year program, awardees will participate in semi-annual program-wide meetings designed to provide opportunities for shared learning and collaboration among awardees and other leaders. Awardees will work with program officials to help raise public awareness of their efforts and to explore their unique approaches to leadership, and will also contribute to a research effort to deepen under- standing of leadership in communities.

Nominators are invited to identify leaders who demonstrate a range of qualities, including the ability to find effective, systemic solutions to tough social problems. The program is looking for leaders largely unrecognized outside of their field or community as well as leadership that is sustainable beyond any individual effort. Nominees must be U.S. residents working on domestic issues and must have been involved in the work for which they are being nominated for at least four years. A nominator may be anyone who is well acquainted with the nominated leader or the leadership group and can attest to the qualifications of the nominee.

See the Leadership for a Changing World Web site to download the program brochure and nomination guidelines and forms.

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