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2018 Columbus Survey

Publication date: 
August, 2019
CandidCF Insight

Based on a survey of more than 250 community foundations that collectively hold more than 90 percent of the field's assets, the 2018 Columbus Survey report found that total community foundation assets increased 0.12 percent on a year-over-year basis, to $86.8 billion. A significant number of U.S. community foundations saw their asset growth stall in fiscal year 2018, following a 19 percent jump in total community foundation assets in 2017. The survey also found that for community foundations in every asset-size cohort, except those with less than $25 million, the median budget-to-asset ratio was slightly higher than in FY17 — "an effect," according to CF Insights director David Rosado, "of slowed asset growth, coupled with increasing budgets that reflect many in the field increasing their focus on community foundation-led initiatives and leadership efforts."

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