Leadership Toledo Projects

2017-2018 Annual Request for Projects

A key aspect of each Leadership Toledo adult class is the opportunity for class members to expand both their knowledge of local organizations and hone leadership skills through participation in a small group project. Class members self-select their projects from those submitted through this unique process offered to nonprofit and civic organizations. Selected organizations benefit from the energy and talents of a small group of outstanding volunteers wishing to make an impact while helping Leadership Toledo encourage the further development of community awareness, critical thinking skills, and group dynamics.

Often, the best projects result from individuals who take the time to share with others the value of this program. Leadership Toledo invites and encourages all residents to help raise awareness of this opportunity--over 140 non-profit/community organizations have been served! In 2016-2017, from the many proposals submitted, the class selected eight projects, including:  Adelante, Polly Fox Academy, Nature’s Nursery, Hut Outreach, Children’s Theatre Workshop, Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, MADD Poets Society, and The Common Good.

-The agency/organization submitting a project must be a non-profit, group working to become a nonprofit, or civic organization.
-The agency/organization must be an active, collaborative partner in the project
-There must be an agency/organization staff liaison who agrees to work with the project team

-There must be clearly defined staff roles in relation to the group project team member roles
-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
-Capital improvement projects (i.e. clean up/fix up) and fundraising projects will not be considered.

Helpful hints:
-Agencies should view the project as a mutual endeavor that they are equal partners with the Leadership Toledo team. 
-It helps to be flexible. Sometimes projects go in a direction that is different than what the agency or the project team envisioned. The end result can be more powerful than anyone expected. It helps to be prepared to be creative and shift the focus of the project if the “vision” changes, especially if the project was “visionary” to start with.
-Projects can provide the boost your agency needs to get something started that can continue on its own after the project is completed. It is also possible that the project you propose isn’t one that can be completed in the 6 month time frame, but in stages that would allow you to present the next stage to the next LT class.
- Excellent communication is CRITICAL. If staff members don’t meet regularly with the LT group, they may make assumptions that are inaccurate. Insist on routinely attending meetings.

Deadline for submission is Sunday, October 1, 2017 11:59 p.m.
You will be notified by Friday, October 6th if you have been
selected to present to the class. 
Selected agencies will present their projects on Wednesday, October 18th.
Projects will be completed (if possible) by the end of April, 2018

Please note that class participants self-select their projects based upon their community/civic concerns, passions and interests.

2017-2018 Project RFP

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