Leadership Long Beach Exceeds Fundraising Goal in its First Annual Community Campaign

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leadership-long-beach meets fundraising goalLeadership Long Beach, long known for its significant presence because of its well-regarded leadership programs, has reached its Community Campaign Fundraising goal of $30,000. The success of this first venture is due to the fund development efforts of alumni and the cultivation of new donors. Along with recent grant funding from the Dwight Stewart and the Ackerman Foundations, Leadership Long Beach is poised for a terrific year ahead.

The 2010-11 LLB Board of Directors was recently installed by Former Mayor Beverly O’Neill at a dinner hosted by Assistant City Manager Reggie Harrison (LLB 1997). Tom Farrand, president of Farrand Research Corp, and a member of the LLB Class of 2008, was elected as board president.

“Like most non-profits, last year was a challenging year for Leadership Long Beach. I am proud that we were able to weather that period by following our leadership principles and we are now in a position to have a very successful year in helping to strengthen our community.

We, as an organization, are open to change and are looking for new ways to give back and serve our City through the guidance of our leadership principles,” said Tom Farrand, LLB board president.

The organization has focused on educating and motivating leaders on issues important to the well-being of the city of Long Beach for the past 21 years. Through the demonstrated leadership and trusteeship of more than 700 adult graduates and 200 youth graduates, Leadership Long Beach alumni contribute nearly 30,000 volunteer hours each year. Additionally, 48 percent of its graduates are currently serving on local non-profit boards and City commissions. They are a vital source of principled leaders committed to the city of Long Beach.

Leadership Long Beach has much to celebrate going into its 22nd year: (1) the upcoming adult Institute class is nearly double the size of the most recent class; (2) the 60 applications received thus far for their much respected Youth LLB program; and (3) the shift from a greater focus on city employees to more representation from non-profits and business leaders in its adult class. The program is also entering into its fourth and final phase of the much praised Atlantic Avenue Connected Corridor project. This endeavor was designed to transform neighborhoods into one community by creating connectivity and empowering stakeholders along Atlantic Avenue. Through the vision and generosity of the Long Beach Community Foundation and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, this project has truly transformed the community with increased civic engagement, sustainable change, visibility and community awareness. The final component of this project will be to create an evaluation model to sustain other neighborhoods of our city.

As the organization looks to the future, it is focusing on enhancing and increasing its program offerings, reaching further into the diversity of the community and industries, and strengthening the Long Beach community. Leadership Long Beach is proud of its commitment to Long Beach and to the leaders who have graduated from this program who serve as key stakeholders and pillars of strength and leadership.

Leadership Long Beach’s mission is to develop and connect principled leaders to strengthen the community. For more information about Leadership Long Beach please contact Jeff Williams, Program Director, at (562) 997-9194 or visit the Leadership Long Beach website.

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