Many nonprofits start with a great vision to meet even greater needs, but themselves lack the training or expertise to become a strong organization. KLF's CFC program gives them a better start through concentrated learning, activities and consulting that lends expertise in areas as diverse as program capacity, fund raising development, measurement of program outcomes, marketing, strategic planning, and creative partnership development to meet community needs.

To date, over 52 organizations have been helped through CFC, and they in turn have touched the lives of over 219,487 individuals in our five-county greater Knoxville area.

In addition, KLF training has assisted these organizations in raising over $2.2 million from new sources of funding.


KLF's Center for Communities is transitioning into the Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN). ABN offers various training opportunities throughout the year. For more information about ABN training opportunities visit

The Center for Communities monthly training is sponsored by:

Evening Degree Completion Programs in: -Nonprofit Management -Leadership and Ministry

For more information go to



"The Joy of Music School has gotten a significant boost in several areas of our operations. KLF pledged to help us build our capacity. There's no question that has happened. As a result of KLF's Center for Communities program we are becoming a healthier, stronger, more stable organization. Along with those improvements comes even better long term potential. For us, that's the key to fulfilling our mission."
Francis Graffeo | Executive Director | The Joy of Music School

"KLF has been such a blessing to our organization and the Knoxville region. Our ministry has matured and become more stable because of the work KLF has done with us. The technical training has been invaluable. We are able to reach more clients and do a better job."
Barbara Mitchell | Teen Challenge of East TN

"The technical assistance and support provided for us by the Knoxville Leadership Foundation played a huge part in moving us from a small start-up ministry with limited vision to a well-respected, nationally-recognized organization. In three years we have achieved milestones that normally would take decades to reach. Thanks to the staff of KLF and the consultants hired by KLF, we have the capacity to serve many more women and positively effect many more lives."
Eva Pierce | A Hand Up for Women

"Thank you KLF for all of the hard work, love and the mentoring expressed to Lost Sheep Ministry. God, with your help, made the difference in our ministry and has increased our capacity to reach the homeless and at-risk youth in our city. Destination Hope grew out of this faith-based initiative, 3 year program, that has allowed five ministries to do what was almost impossible to reach the women on the streets of Knoxville alone."
Maxine Raines | Lost Sheep Ministries

Organizational Assessment


Anderson County:
Alpha House
CASA of the Tennessee Heartland
Choices Resource Center
Community Mediation Services of Anderson County
Contact Helpline
Crossroads Ministries
Emory Valley Center
Junior Achievement
Keystone Adult Day Program
Oasis of Love
Paradox Teen Center

Blount County:
Blount County Literacy Council
Blount County Children's Home
Haven House
H.O.M.E. Inc.
Joshua Resource Center
Mane Support, Inc.
Martin Luther King Community Center
Patch Ministries

Claiborne County:
Servolution/Pump Springs Baptist Church

Hamblen County:
Lakeway Area Habitat
Children of Hope

Jefferson County:
Stepping Out, Inc.
Appalachian Outreach
Dandridge Community Trust
Jefferson Co Habitat

Knox County:
Academic Mentoring Academy
A Hand Up for Women (aka: Knox County Christian Womens Job Corps)
Austin Homes Residents Council
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley
CASA of East Tennessee
CEC - Mobile Classroom (aka: Community Evangelistic Church)
Centro Hispano de East Tennessee
ChildHelp Tennessee
Community Mediation Center
CONNECT Ministries
El Puente
Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church
Eternal Life Harvest Center
Family Promise Knoxville
Focus Prison Ministries
Fountain City Ministry Center
Girl Talk
Greater Warner Tabernacle
Hands and Feet Ministries
Hosanna Pantry (aka: New Covenant Fellowship Church)
House of Courage
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship - Knoxville Urban Project
Jesus Centered Ministries
John Jordan Community Center (aka: Peace and Goodwill Church)
Joy of Music School
K-Town Youth Empowerment Network
Knoxville Family Justice Center
Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach (KICKO)
Lady Ladd's Kids in Performing Arts Academy
Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church
Locked Down on the Outside
Lost Sheep Ministry
Lutheran Services in Tennessee
Montgomery Village Ministries
Mt. Olive Christian Academies
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
New Hope Baptist Church
Partners for Children
Peace At Last Ministries
People Empowering People Project (PEPP)
Public Defenders,Community Law Office
Revival Fire Ministries
SOAR Youth Ministries
Teen Challenge of East Tennessee
The Restoration House
TennCorp Community Services Volunteers, Inc.
Tribe One
Urban Family Outreach, Inc.
Wesley House Community Center
West End Academy
Word of Life Ministries
YOKE Youth Ministries

Loudon County:
Christian Womens Job Corps Loudon County

Roane County:
Bria-Shannel Committee

Sevier County:
Christians Reaching Out Serving Seymour (CROSS)
Douglas Coop
Live-it Ministries
Sevierville Housing Residents Council
Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries
Taking Care of Children, Inc.
Widows Ministry Center