Leadership Trust Initiative

Leadership is more than a character trait or holding an identified position of power and influence. It is a combination of factors that help an individual move beyond his/her own individual needs to engage in and respond to the needs that exist within the larger public community. This is not only leadership; it is the what it means to be a citizen.

The Leadership Trust Initiative (LTI) is based on the core value that leadership isn't something a person does or a position that person holds, but rather who that person is, what the person believes in, and why that person believes in those things. Most important of all, leadership is about how a person lives his or her life in such a way it is consistent with these values. Leadership isn't about being out front or being recognized - it is about having the courage to stand up for what it is a person believes in have the conviction, determination, and most important of all, the integrity to do what is necessary to secure these same rights and opportunities for all the citizens in your community.

The Leadership Trust Initiative is designed to address the reality that the leadership resources in the New Richmond Area Community have been decreasing over the past few decades. Individuals have become disinterested or discouraged from civic engagement. The Leadership Trust Initiative, originally funded by a three-year grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, is designed to provide a two-part intensive leader-development opportunity. The first part is training for a diverse group of community leaders. The second provides graduates of the Leadership Trust Initiative with the opportunity to share what they have learned with those around them through an expanding LTI network.

The Leadership Trust Program is designed to help individuals understand the role of a leader as one who must establish trust and, once established, make sure that this trust is held sacred at all cost. This program will translate leadership in a way that helps participants understand that being a leader doesn't necessarily mean being the captain of the ship - the one that stands out front, giving orders - but also the individual who, in the ancient mariner tradition, has the maps and can navigate in a changing world. The maps we have been using no longer work. We need new maps and new map makers. LTI is about helping citizens identify, fulfill, and sustain their capacity as leaders and contribute to our community's sustainability and self-determination.

For more information on how one can be involved in LTI, please talk to any of the Directors for the New Richmond Area Community Foundation or contact Lisa Woletz (Leadership Destiny Driver Champion) at lwoletz@fn-cb.com. Applications for LTI-9 are currently available. Class begins March 28, 2017.


LTI-7,November, 2015


Our Mission

As we engage in service-based philanthropy, we are committed to cultivating the dreams of our citizens; nurturing the possibilities for our communities; facilitating the leadership and developing the resources necessary to bring these dreams and possibilities into reality.

Our Vision

The New Richmond Area Community Foundation is the center point for service-based philanthropy, creating collaborative partnerships that identify needs in the communities we serve. We develop strategies to provide citizens in these communities with diverse opportunities to meet these needs through their commitment and the giving of time and financial resources.

Our Values

The New Richmond Area Community Foundation believes that being engaged in and giving back to one's community is an essential component of citizenship.