About Our Partner

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a unit of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education. Founded in 1982, the Institute is named for UGA’s first Vice President for Services, Dr. J.W. Fanning. His legacy of leadership development is embodied in the Institute’s dedication to developing leaders of all ages, in every community, from all walks of life.

Fanning Institute faculty and staff design and deliver programs and services in four primary areas of focus.

  • Community leadership development
  • Nonprofit and professional association leadership development
  • Youth leadership development
  • Mediation and conflict resolution

The Community Leadership Program© at J. W. Fanning helps to develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented leaders. The curriculum is divided into five modules relevant to community leadership and includes a variety of activities for each session. Each topic has a broad learning objective with specific goals. J.W. Fanning offers information that allows leaders to learn, understand, or clarify issues on a particular topic as well as apply what they have learned. In addition to the core five, other modules are available. Modules may be delivered by J. W. Fanning Institute faculty and staff or by certified Community Leadership Program Facilitators.

The core modules are:

  1. Understanding Leadership
  2. Communicating Effectively
  3. Making Group Decisions
  4. Building Communities Through Collaboration
  5. Leading Community Change