California’s future depends upon the success of the communities of color that comprise the majority of our state’s population. In recognition of that fact, the David and Lucile Packard, William and Flora Hewlett and James Irvine foundations created the Community Leadership Project (CLP) to increase the capacity and sustainability of small community-based organizations serving low income people and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, the central coast and the San Joaquin Valley.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation was selected in a rigorous competitive process to join the CLP to work with and award operating and capacity-building grants to 11 carefully selected nonprofit leaders and organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. From 2009 to 2012, the grantees collaborated in networks and received technical assistance to create and implement solid organization plans, complete leadership training and develop other capacity-building strategies. During this time, the community foundation was able to leverage an additional $500,000 from multiple funders and donors to supplement the original $1,000,000 grant it received from the CLP.
After evaluation of the CLP’s impact in 2012, Packard, Irvine and Hewlett decided to create CLP2.0 to carry on and expand the work. Again, the community foundation was selected as a partner and will be re-granting $60,000 in operating and $20,000 in capacity-building grants over three years to ten organizations selected in a letter-of-intent process during the spring of 2013.
Watch the videos of the CLP grantees on SVCF’s YouTube channel.