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Community Leadership Program Now Accepting Class Project Proposals from Local Non-profit Organizations

July 3, 2018

DES MOINES, IA — The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is seeking proposals for its Community Leadership Program class projects. Each year, the Community Leadership Program partners with local non-profit organizations on projects that provide meaningful leadership development opportunities for Community Leadership Program participants and help local non-profit organizations address critical organizational and community needs.

Non-profit organizations may submit a proposal to be considered as a class project partner. Proposals are encouraged to present goals that address organizational and community issues that need problem solving, program development, or other involvement that requires creative thinking from a variety of individual perspectives. Nonprofit organizations will be strongly encouraged to submit projects that align with one or more of the ten areas of focus within the Capital Crossroads plan as well as demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion within our community. Five projects will be selected and 10 class members will be dedicated to each project throughout the nine-month Community Leadership Program.

“The class projects help non-profit agencies solve complex issues they face every day. This focus encourages class members to fine-tune their leadership skills, which benefits them, the non-profits, and our community. Last year, class participants contributed more than 4,200 hours to their project partners and the issues they champion,” says Amy Jennings, Leadership Institute Executive Director.

Class Project Chair, Brianne Fitzgerald, added, “The project portion of the Community Leadership Program provides three invaluable benefits: it allows the class members to apply the proven leadership methods taught within the curriculum, it encourages them to stretch in order to grow as leaders, and it results in stronger, more sustainable non-profit organizations in our community.”

There will be a question and answer session for interested non-profit organizations on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Non-profit organization leaders who are considering proposal submission are asked to attend and register for this session to better understand the project requirements.

Project proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018. More details, including full requirements, the proposal form, and additional examples of class projects may be viewed at gdmli.com/classprojects.

About the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute develops, connects, inspires, and challenges community champions through life-changing leadership experiences. In three decades, more than 2,000 leaders have participated in Institute programs, gaining a greater understanding of our community and opportunities for civic improvement. Please visit gdmli.com for more information.