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Who is GEL for?

Membership is open to high-impact community leaders from around our Central Coast region – from nonprofits, philanthropy, healthcare, education, government, the private sector, and changemakers in other community leadership roles. Each GEL member will be placed in a diverse, cross-sector group, where they will bring their unique experiences and expertise to benefit all the members.

Who knows more about growing leaders than Leading From Within?

Commitment & Fees

What is the timing and cost of the new program?

The first GEL groups will begin meeting in September 2024. The membership fee for GEL participation is $800 per month (discounted to $9,000 per year if paid in full in advance of the first session). Registrants must commit to full participation for a minimum of 12 months, and they can renew their membership in future years if they choose. 

As a GEL applicant, you and your agency are responsible for the annual GEL membership fee.  If you and your organization need additional support to make that commitment, here are two possible approaches.

Funder/Donor Support Many GEL participants will supplement what their organization can pay with financial support from an outside funder/donor.  You can invite interested funders to learn more about GEL on our website and by attending an Information Session.

Scholarships – LFW expects to have a limited amount of scholarship funds available to help a diverse group of leaders and leaders from small budget organizations to participate in GEL.  You are welcome to apply for an LFW scholarship, understanding that funds are limited and it is quite possible you will not receive one.

Start the process

GEL applications are due June 26 for our 2024-25 groups

Growing Edge Leaders Application and Commitment Form

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GEL Application and Commitment Form

Welcome! Please answer the following questions thoroughly, so we can get to know you and how GEL participation may serve you. NOTE: Once you begin this form, you may 'Save and Continue Later' or plan accordingly to complete in one sitting. Your responses are confidential to LFW.
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 512 MB.
If selected, I am committed to the following during my GEL membership (at least 12 months):*

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