Community Foundation Seeking Training Program Applicants

July 17, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation is now accepting applications from groups seeking admission into The Leadership Classroom (TLC) class of 2012-2013. TLC is a training program specially designed by the Community Foundation for active and potential leaders within Syracuse neighborhoods. It is a unique opportunity to learn advanced leadership skills alongside other leaders in an interactive setting.

Participants build skills in leading groups and projects, learn more about neighborhood resources and how to gather community support. Participants also build lasting relationships with and learn from other leaders who are also involved in neighborhood and community work.

Enrollment in TLC is free of charge. All training sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., one Saturday a month, from November-June. Childcare assistance and meals are provided. After completion of the course, participating groups receive a $3,500 grant to implement a community project.

The application deadline for nonprofit and grassroots groups wishing to apply is August 31, 2012.  Visit the TLC page to download an application. Questions may be directed to Olive Sephuma at 422-9538 or

The Leadership Classroom is an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. Established in 1927, the Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $130 million. It awards close to $6.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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