Community Impact Project


A component of our 10-month Signature Program experience is the Community Impact Project (CIP). This is the laboratory portion of our curriculum where the class members self-select into small groups and work on a project/cause about which they have a collective, vested interest. The goals of the group project experience are to expand our participants’ knowledge of our community’s social services and their respective needs/challenges, and hone his/her leadership, management and team building skills in addressing a need or formulating a solution to a challenge.

Each year, we reach out to local non-profits with a “Request for Proposal” (RFP), so if there are existing project opportunities in an established organization that align with a group’s interest, we can make a successful match.

All RFPs for community impact projects received will be internally reviewed, and those that meet our qualifications will be provided to the incoming class. Members typically select their community impact project no later than the end of the year preceding their graduation year (thus December 2018 for the Class of 2019). Class members who are interested in specific project proposals will contact the submitting non-profit organization to set up an introductory/exploratory meeting.

Work on the community impact projects typically begin between December and January and, depending on the project, finish with the class’ completion of the Signature Program in June. In some instances, project work will continue on past that date.

Please note that class participants self-select their projects based upon their civic concerns, passions and interests; submitted RFPs MAY or MAY NOT be selected for implementation. Should your project be chosen by a group, please note the following expectations of your organization in the process:

  • The non-profit agency/organization cannot be the employer of a group project team member, nor can the participant currently be serving as a board member for the non-profit.
  • The agency/organization must be an active, collaborative partner in the project.
  • There must be a paid non-profit agency/organization staff liaison who agrees to work with the project team and who will continue to work on the project after the project team members have completed their roles (if necessary).
  • There must be clearly defined staff roles versus group project member roles.

Learn more about specific Leadership Columbus group projects and how they have impacted the quality of life in Greater Columbus. 

If you are interested in submitting a Community Impact Project to be considered by the Class of 2019, please complete and submit an RFP by clicking the button below no later than October 12, 2018.

If you have any questions about the Community Impact Project process of the Signature Program and/or the RFP process, please contact Robbie Banks:

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