Chan Zuckerberg Initiative selects CWR

CWR is proud to announce its selection by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Community Fund to execute a capacity building program serving 35 agencies in San Mateo County. The program aims to achieve two important goals: (1) Connect key nonprofit leaders with each other to share learning and support; and (2) Inject needed expertise in targeted areas of organizational need.

For the first goal of peer connection, CWR will design and facilitate monthly gatherings of three different leadership cohorts. The cohorts, each consisting of about a dozen executives, will meet from September to the end of the year. The first cohort meeting in September drew reviews from participants such as:

This time was a lifeline for us - I drew so much encouragement from being with some amazing peers.

I've been part of a lot of fellowship programs. This felt different - so much more connective and warm!

Thank you for bringing us together. Just being together with a collection of other strong female executive directors was a breath of fresh air.

I loved the meeting design and how we were matched with other CEOs.  I got to talk one on one with a fellow leader that worked in the same building (before the pandemic) - but we just never had time to connect until now!

The second part of the program injects CWR's expertise into the participating organizations in four key areas:

  1. Marketing/Communications
  2. Fundraising
  3. Data and databases
  4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The CWR team will provide capacity building services in these areas, often in the form of executive coaching and facilitation. These projects will run from October to early 2021.

We are thrilled to partner with a visionary funder like CZI that is investing in the local nonprofit ecosystem. Stay tuned for more lessons that emerge from this important project.

See here for a list of the agencies that are part of the 2020 CZI Community Fund.

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