Over the years we have met many truly outstanding leaders that have shaped our thinking on issues and inspired us to support new ways of doing grant making. We are strongly drawn to Robert K Greenleaf’s definition of Servant Leadership: “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”
Knowing the importance of leadership in the non-profit world, we wish to cultivate the development of and provide opportunity for leaders to connect, reflect and advance their causes. Leadership development is necessary at every level of the organization, from client to CEO. We welcome applications that promote servant leadership development within non-profit agencies and public institutions.