CHECKLIST: How Community Led Is Your Organization?

Download this checklist to find out what it means to be a community-led organization, and identify the ways your organization can become more community led.



This tool outlines a definition of “community-led change,” which GlobalGiving developed in collaboration with its nonprofit partners, with peers and researchers, and with the Movement for Community-Led Development.

Key Takeaways

Community-led means being accountable to the vision and priorities set by a community. Community-led approaches put the people most affected by the work in the lead, ensure diverse representation in planning and decision-making, mobilize the community’s own resources, and use feedback to improve. This checklist contains:

  • A definition of community-led
  • 5 questions to ask to measure your nonprofit’s progress toward being community-led
  • Methods your organization can try to become more community-led


Length: 1 page
Level: Introductory
Recommendations: Download and print out this reference and bring it to a discussion with your team. How community-led is your organization, and what are steps you could take to become more community-led? Set aside about an hour for the discussion.

Download the checklist now to start your journey to being a community-led nonprofit.

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