Investing in Community Leaders
The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is a leadership training and development program designed for community leaders serving Cleveland’s neighborhoods. NLDP seeks to uniquely develop the diverse leadership abilities of engaged Clevelanders who are committed to creating a city and region which works for everyone.
The Mandel Foundation was established by Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel, of Cleveland, Ohio. Its work is grounded in the belief that exceptional leaders, inspired by powerful ideas, are key to improving society and the lives of people around the world. The Foundation has identified five areas of engagement that receive support, which include: leadership development, management of nonprofits, humanities, Jewish life and urban engagement. Click on the logo below for more information.
"The greatest gift anyone can give is hope. NLDP opens your mind to the greater level of possibilities and confidence that you can make a difference. NLDP provides the tools and leadership training to empower you to make it happen.”
“NLDP is a picture of everything that is right with our city; diverse, talented and unique individuals collaborating for a greater goal. The network of NLDP has the potential to restore our city from the ground up.”
"NLDP is an awesome mix of passionate students, great classes and workshops and amazing coaches who affirm us as we are, while nudging us to become all we might become."
“Being a part of NLDP was like receiving a college-level education without choosing a major or taking out student loans. I gained confidence and skills that had an immediate impact on my leadership in the community.”
OUR ALUMNI IN THE COMMUNITY
Each NLDP cohort participates in a 16-session program over the course of the year. Program modules are led by experienced, proven local leaders and are focused on highly relevant, actionable topics specifically designed for neighborhood community leaders.
Who You Are... Is How You Lead
Participants will strengthen their abilities to think strategically and keep themselves and others energized about their work in the community.
Group Facilitation and Team Building
This session helps participants to understand facilitation as a leadership tool by demonstrating ways it can influence group dynamics.
Rallying Your Neighborhood for Change
This session helps to define a strategic community engagement approach and link it with the community change process.
Service to Community and Yourself
This session takes a look at ways to recruit and engage volunteers to your project while being sensitive to their needs and avoiding volunteer burnout.
Program Marketing and Communications
This session will challenge participants to consider how their project or organization is perceived by their core constituency and how to project a positive public image.
Fundamentals of Fundraising
It encompasses topics that include starting a nonprofit organization, formation of a Board of Directors, and the steps to obtain the incorporation of a non-profit organization.