Fulcrum Fellowship

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The Fulcrum Fellowship is an intensive, hands-on program designed to equip leaders with the community investment, racial equity, and adaptive leadership knowledge and skills to ignite lasting change in communities.

The Fellowship recognizes that the environments in which people live, work, and play powerfully determine the choices and opportunities they have to shape their lives. However, legacies of racial discrimination and disinvestment impede communities from realizing their environmental, social, and economic priorities. Grounded in an action-learning framework, the Fulcrum Fellowship positions leaders to collaborate across silos and sectors to change how community investment is organized and deployed.

Apply to Join the Class of 2023 

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About the Program:

This 15-month program includes six multi-day seminars (some in person, some virtual), monthly coaching calls, ongoing staff support, and resource sessions in response to Fellows’ needs and interests. Fellows will:

  • Use the capital absorption framework to create and execute a robust pipeline of investable, high-impact opportunities that address inequities
  • Apply systems thinking to tackle challenges associated with racial inequities and economic marginalization
  • Design strategies and take action on urgent issues within their communities, with a particular attention to scale and systems change
  • Become skilled leaders prepared to inspire and facilitate powerful collaborations
  • Learn about financial tools to achieve greater scale and impact
  • Be part of an active and racially diverse network of committed, mutually supportive leaders working toward the same critical goals


Apply To join the class of 2023 

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Click here to explore the profiles of the current Fulcrum Fellows.

Click here to check out profiles of Fulcrum Alumni.

Transforming investment in communities


CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The California Endowment.

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