Districts of Distinction
Recognition in Special
District Transparency Certificate of Excellence
Board and Staff
Special District Leadership Foundation
In 1999, the Special District Leadership Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed to provide educational opportunities to special district officials and employees to enhance service to the public provided by special districts in California.
It is dedicated to excellence in local government. To date, SDLF has designed and implemented the following programs: Special District Administrator Certification, Recognition in Special District Governance, District of Distinction and the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence . The SDA Certification is for management staff of the district, the Recognition is for the governing board members or trustees, District of Distinction is for all special districts as well as the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence. The Foundation Board and CAC are also considering projects like the development of a governance model, mentoring program, public outreach, K-12 educational materials, and more. If you are interested in more information on the Foundation and how your district can help support these valuable activities, contact us at 916.231.2939.
SDLF Scholarship Applications
Education Allowance Fund
The Special District Leadership Foundation has created the 2014 Educational Allowance Fund, designed to provide funding assistance to special district staff and elected officials who are first-time attendees at select events and/or programs.
Dr. James Kohnen Scholarship
This scholarship is for registration fees for all four modules of the Special District Leadership Academy or the Special District Leadership Academy Conference and is open to elected/appointed special district board members from districts with budgets of less than $5 million, who have not previously completed the Special District Leadership Academy.
John Yeakley Scholarship
This scholarship is for registration fees for continuing education related to special district governance and operations for general managers and executive staff of districts with budgets of less than $5 million. Applicants must be currently pursuing their Special District Administrator (SDA) designation.