The Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”

– Booker T. Washington
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives established the Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership to provide strategic support to our work in Rochester and across the country.

It exists at the heart of FDFI to support and strengthen the individual and collective impact of antiracism and anti-hate leaders in Rochester – particularly those in civic, community and nonprofit roles that can contribute to building strong children and families –carrying forward the progressive vision and leadership imperative of Frederick Douglass.

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Theory of Change

At the core of this work, the Leadership Center has produced a theory of change to focus our priorities and our community on those activities most likely to create the outcomes we desire.

The model argues that Racial Equity happens when Leaders are Intentional, Relational, Effectively Collective, and Accountable for measurable and sustainable Change.

Foundation Built on Collaboration & Education

Through guidance and education, we can strengthen the individual and collective efforts of those fighting for racial equity and sustainable change.

Hank Rubin, Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership, Rochester NY

Dr. Hank Rubin

Founding Director of The Frederick Douglass Center for Collaborative Leadership

Dr. Hank Rubin is a nationally respected authority on community, nonprofit and civic leadership. His bestselling book, Collaborative Leadership: Developing Effective Partnerships for Communities and Schools, has helped define and change strategies of collective impact and collaborative leadership. Hank is a Rochester native whose engagement in antiracist activities began in the turbulence of the 1960’s. Hank has served as executive director, dean, superintendent, and on multiple nonprofit and civic boards. He recently retired from the Rochester Area Community Foundation and serves as a Commissioner of the Rochester Housing Authority.

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