Address: 316 Adams Street #3 Toledo , OH 43604 View Map
Phone: (419) 241-7371

About Us

The roots of Leadership Toledo date back to 1976 when members of Trinity Episcopal Church were looking for ways to do something for the downtown community where it was located. A separate not-for-profit corporation called Levis Square Ministries was created to design programs to be presented at a noontime coffeehouse called “My Brother’s Place.” Soon the programs grew to including one-day forums on topics of concern to the community.

The success of the forums led to the creation of ToledoScape in 1980 to foster community involvement among leaders and potential leaders in the greater Toledo area. In 1990,  ToledoScape was renamed Leadership Toledo. Seven years later, the board of Leadership Toledo decided that they should expand to offer the same benefits to youth in the greater Toledo region; hence, Youth Leadership Toledo was born.

In 1998, The Toledo Community Foundation asked Leadership Toledo to expand its youth programming to include philanthropy. In response, Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence (YIPEE) was created to provide area high school students an opportunity to learn about philanthropy. The students’ goal each year is to raise as much money as possible and to thoughtfully distribute the proceeds to youth groups and not-for-profit organizations who deal with issues affecting the lives of teenagers.

Youth Jefferson Awards/Students In Action was added in 2009 as the third youth programming focus for Leadership Toledo. Students in Action is a partnership between Leadership Toledo and the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a national organization with a long history of recognizing community members for service. They selected Leadership Toledo to assist in the development of a youth component to their “Nobel Prize” for public service. The student-led initiative establishes programs in area high schools that teach youth how to be effective servant leaders, provides a component to recognize youth for outstanding service, and use the profiles of winners to encourage more students to volunteer and become involved in our community. All four programs continue to be housed at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Leadership Toledo continues to look for ways to get more individuals involved in the community
to make the Toledo region a great place to be.


Leadership Toledo is building a great Toledo by building great leaders. We urge corporate and community funders to join us in developing the leaders that will guide our region throughout the next century.

Without your help, there is no Leadership Toledo.

Meet our staff and board of trustees!

Youth Programs

Youth Leadership Toledo is a program for fifty high school sophomores selected by high schools  in the Toledo Region because of their leadership potential. Through skill development and educational opportunities, the nine-month program introduces participants to the needs of the community and inspires individuals to take an active role in making an impact.

Juniors and Seniors who graduate from the Youth Leadership Toledo program may chose to stay active in Youth In Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence (YIPEE). Sponsored by the Toledo Community Foundation and facilitated by the staff of Leadership Toledo, students meet September to May identifying key problems facing youth, raise money, review grant applications, and allocate money to deserving nonprofits.

The Students In Action program is a component of the national Jefferson Awards organization and facilitated locally by Leadership Toledo. At each school, student leaders are redefining the culture of their campus to one of service, by heightening peer awareness of volunteer opportunities and by bringing attention to ordinary students involved in extraordinary volunteer work. Student leaders have established both selection criteria and the frequency in which Youth Jefferson Awards will be presented to their deserving classmates.

Adult Programs

Lead. Connect. Grow. Serve

For the over 2000 adult Leadership Toledo graduates, these powerful words best define the experiences shared throughout our 34-year history of inspiring community volunteerism and efforts to expand awareness of community issues.

Leadership Toledo offers adults a nine-month experience that brings various issues faced today by our community to the attention of its participants. Class members from diverse backgrounds come together for intensive sessions that focus attention on the needs of our community and the roles they can play in addressing those needs.

Each monthly session provides for educational and participatory experiences, including dialog and development of professional relationships among class members. In addition to the regular sessions, participants work in teams performing community volunteer projects to be completed by the end of the program year.

Only 40 class members will be selected each year. Tuition is $2500, which includes all materials, a lite breakfast, and lunch at each session.

Leadership Toledo seeks candidates who have already exhibited leadership in their respective spheres of influence and a desire to grow as leaders and members of the community. Participants are chosen to represent various professions and industries so as to provide a wide variety of knowledge.


Leadership Toledo is proud to be the Community Partner of 20 Under 40. Since 1996, 20 Under 40 has recognized Toledo area leaders under the age of 40 who have been influential in our region.

Restaurant Week Toledo is an exciting undertaking organized by Leadership Toledo. Our goal is to increase awareness of the many dining opportunities found here – as well as stimulating business and revenue for restaurants – while supporting the educational mission of Leadership Toledo.

The Chuck Ealey Foundation, in partnership with Leadership Toledo, recognizes students in Northwest Ohio with the Undefeated Spirit Scholarship. The award recognizes area high school seniors who demonstrate an undefeated spirit in sports and in life.

Brookview Dental has partnered with Leadership Toledo to offer our friends the opportunity to get their teeth whitened for free after making a donation to the Smiles for Life campaign. Half of all proceeds from donations are given to Leadership Toledo.