Community foundations are beginning to deepen and shift how they work, adopting an anchor mission that seeks to fully deploy all resources to build community wealth. Moving into territory relatively uncharted for community foundations, they are taking up impact investing and economic development — some in advanced ways, others with small steps. This report offers an overview of how 30 representative community foundations — including The Seattle Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation — are working toward adopting this new anchor mission.
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A collection of sample member recruitment letters and other tools.
How can funders work together to have an impact on public policy? PolicyWorks for Philanthropy has been asking this question as part of an effort to help affinity groups use policy engagement as a strategy to achieve shared program goals.
Sample document retention policies from philanthropy-serving organizations.
Against a backdrop of the “shrinking space” for civil society, philanthropy associations and networks play an increasingly important role in helping their members address societal issues that are complex and publicly and politically sensitive. This session will explore current challenges and lessons by reflecting on experience, based on case studies in Europe and the United States related to philanthropy's role in tackling issues arising from terrorism and migration/immigration.
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The two-day Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation. It is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, and board members, or for other community foundation staff looking for a good refresher.
Seminal work on community foundations, published in 2005.