The Lee Institute serves and strengthens organizations and individuals who share our commitment to building great communities.
Founded in 1997 in honor of corporate and civic leader Bill Lee, The Lee Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides facilitation, civic engagement, consulting and leadership training to nonprofits, governments and community groups across the Charlotte region. We believe passionately in the power of civic engagement, and we know that when people engage in well-designed, informed and inclusive processes, they can create authentic visions and strategies for their own organizations and communities.
Our experience as a nonprofit makes us uniquely empathetic to our clients and partners, and our expertise in process design, organizational development and leadership training makes The Lee Institute an effective collaborator and facilitator. We are known for building creative, customized solutions for our clients, emphasizing collaboration, inclusion and respect for all stakeholders.
The Lee Institute's core programs are its consulting services and the American Leadership Forum. We invite you to learn more about them and let us know how we can be helpful as you, too, work for the common good.
What We Do: Our Services
The Lee Institute's consulting services for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, citizen groups and community advocates include:
Process design and facilitation
Strategic planning and positioning
Board training and development
To begin a conversation about how The Lee Institute's consulting services could support your organization's mission, please email
AMERICAN LEADERSHIP FORUM
The Lee Institute is proud to host the Charlotte region's chapter of the American Leadership Forum (ALF), an intensive year-long leadership program whose mission is to join and strengthen established leaders in order to serve the public good.
Widely respected for both its innovative programming and its impressive alumni network, ALF annually selects 25 participants from the 14-county Charlotte region, representing the business, government, nonprofit, education, faith and community sectors. These leaders immerse themselves in monthly programs taught by authorities in team building, ethics, dialogue across differences, appreciative inquiry, systems intelligence, innovation and more.
We invite you to learn more about ALF by visiting our American Leadership Forum website. We are now accepting applications for the 2013/2014 ALF class and hope you will consider becoming part of the American Leadership Forum family this year.
THE OLIN NISBET ACTION FUND
Olin Nisbet was an early advocate, friend and a significant, important supporter of the effort to protect The Duke Mansion and establish The Lee Institute. To honor that history but more importantly to create a permanent, living testimony to Olin, a group of Olin’s friends and family led by Ed Crutchfield are creating The Olin Nisbet Action Fund.
The Olin Nisbet Action Fund
Each year, there are issues and concerns in the community where the expertise of The Lee Institute would be helpful and advantageous but there is no possible funder identified. The earnings from The Olin Nisbet Action Fund will support The Lee Institute in focusing on such an issue. The Nisbet Fund will be a combination of a rapid response and seed money fund – providing resources where needed to allow The Lee Institute to help bring the community together. The initial goal for this effort is to raise $250,000, establishing The Olin Nisbet Action Fund as a permanent named fund as a part of The Lee Institute. The endowment of The Lee Institute is held at The Foundation For The Carolinas. All gifts to The Olin Nisbet Action Fund are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law and are payable over five years. For more information,