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Community Leadership Assessment Tool

June 30, 2021

The Community Leadership Assessment Tool is an instrument whose development was informed by conversations among community foundations who desired a structured mechanism to assess their community leadership activities and communicate the impact of their work beyond financial metrics. At the foundation-level, this tool is designed to inform practice. At the field level, results from this tool will be aggregated to provide a broader perspective on how foundations are engaging in community leadership efforts.Updated June 2021: Now includes a crosswalk with CFLeads' Framework for Community Leadership. More details about this crosswalk can be found in the Guidance section of the document, and throughout the Community Leadership Assessment Tool.Take the assessment online at

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism: Beyond Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An introduction to CFC's commitment to supporting and progressing anti-racism

January 1, 2021

As an organization, CFC's purpose is "Relentlessly pursuing a future where everyone belongs." Without anti-racism, and confronting the inherent inequalities and discrimination in our society, it is not possible to create the true space of belonging that is needed and necessary for a just and equitable future.CFC has been a historically white-led organization. While this remains the case, ongoing programming has worked to engage and include input from Black, Indigenous and people of colour, on intersectionality and intersectional feminism, Indigenous resilience, and equity principles in emergency grantmaking. These have been starting points that have helped us further reflect on systemic racism in Canada, however we know we need to do more, and we need to help local community foundations do the same. During recent years, the organization has been privileged to grow and be able to support additional staff members, including Black, Indigenous and people of colour staff and board members who were welcomed to the team full-time, but the organization acknowledges that up until recent years, there has been limited Black, Indigenous or people of colour representation on our staff, board and in our program design.Given that we are still at the start of an anti-racism journey, we did not feel it was appropriate to share or market this package as a guidebook. Until we do more of our own inner work to address inherent systems of racism and white supremacy in our systems, we are not in a position to designate ourselves as leaders in this space.This invitation is not meant to be an exclusive guide, toolkit, or one-stop-shop for anti-racism materials for community foundations. Rather, this is a space to begin a conversation on the community foundation movement's shortcomings, and to take pause to reflect on where we need to go.

The Sustainable Development Goals and Your Community Foundation - Guidebook and Toolkit

August 6, 2020

This Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Guidebook and Toolkit is meant for staff and board members of community foundations at all stages of engaging with the SDGs.The Guidebook and Toolkit is intended to meet community foundations where they are at, to provide practical examples, ideas and steps for aligning current community foundation work with the SDGs, and to provide next steps to deepen their impact through the SDGs. This document is divided into two sections. The first section is an SDG Guidebook. It will introduce the SDGs and provide global, national and local context for the Goals. It will explain why Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and community foundations are well positioned to align with the SDGs and how the SDGs can deepen collective impact.The Guidebook includes:* An overview of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs* How the global community came together to adopt the SDGs* Key concepts that underlie the SDG Framework and relevance to the work of community foundations* What CFC is doing to advance the SDGsThe second section of this document identifies practical approaches to align current work to the SDGs through an SDG Toolkit. In many cases, community foundations in Canada are already doing work towards meeting the SDGs, and the Toolkit is designed to show how to align current work with the SDG Framework.

Foundations & Catalysts for Systems Change: Next Steps for Oregon's Policymakers

August 1, 2018

Early education and K-12 systems require transformative changes to address racial, ethnic, linguistic and economic disparities in school readiness and success.

Voter Engagement Toolkit for Community Foundations

April 2, 2018

The new foundation toolkit lifts up concrete ideas and examples for community and public foundations to encourage voter engagement among their grantees and networks. Strategies range from communications, resource sharing, and nonprofit trainings to integration into programs and grantmaking or donor and grantee education.

Building Bridges for Local Good : A Guide to Community Foundations in Europe

September 1, 2017

This report, produced by the European Community Foundation Initiative on the eve of their first annual conference, provides a look at the diversity which characterizes the approximately 670 community foundations in Europe. In 27 European countries, citizens are actively committed at a local level to improving their community. The differences in the general political, economic and sociocultural conditions become secondary; what connects people is their common goal. The report considers the field from a social science point of view, reflects on the future of the movement on the continent, and also provides a snapshot of the support organizations working to support community foundations in Europe.

A Handbook from the Fund for Our Economic Future

October 28, 2016

Effective collaboration can result in enduring, positive community change, yet it remains elusive for many. The Fund for Our Economic Future, with support from the Akron Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Lorain County and the Stark Community Foundation, has created a resource guide for civic leaders grappling with collaboration in their communities. "Collaboration: A Handbook from the Fund for Our Economic Future" encapsulates the Fund's lessons from its experiences operating within multiple collaborative environments over the last 12 years and offers concrete guidance on how to move from "collaboration" to true, effective collaboration. Author Chris Thompson, who was with the Fund since its early days and recently started his own consulting practice, takes stock of the Fund's collaboration work to date and draws the following lessons:Collaboration is a process through which independent stakeholders assume shared responsibility for achieving a mutually beneficial common goal. Collaboration should never be the goal; it is a means to the goal.Before collaboration is even possible, specific preconditions -- a compelling cause, galvanizing leadership and high-performing organizations -- need to be met.Effective collaborations all have three common elements -- capacity, process and leadership.

Corporate Guide to Disaster Response and Preparedness

June 29, 2016

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), a global leader in innovative grantmaking and customized philanthropy services, created this guide to help prepare and support corporate social responsibility (CSR) practitioners in their efforts to contribute to disaster relief preparedness and response.

Entendiendo el Impacto de la Inmigración en la Región Metropolitana de New Haven

March 1, 2015

Entendiendo el Impacto de la Inmigración en la Región Metropolitana de New Haven explora como la inmigración impacta el desarrollo de ambos, la Región Metropolitana de New Haven y Connecticut. Utilizamos datos recopilados por agencias federales, estatales y gobiernos locales; al igual que información generada localmente por DataHaven y La Fundación Comunitaria para la Región Metropolitana de New Haven (The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven). El Informe fue escrito por Mary Buchanan y Mark Abraham de DataHaven, con asistencia del personal de La Fundación Comunitaria y no debe ser interpretado como representativo de los puntos de vistas oficiales de DataHaven o La Fundación Comunitaria para la Región Metropolitana de New Haven.

The GoodWork Toolkit

December 10, 2014

The GoodWork Toolkit is not a prescribed curriculum; it is called a "toolkit" because it contains a variety of tools that may be used in a number of combinations. Its design is grounded in our own experience using the materials with educators and students, and in research about human learning and development. In short, we know that just teaching about good work is not sufficient if we hope individuals will actually do good work.The Toolkit is based on a set of principles about how to most effectively encourage individuals to care about and to carry out good work. The materials are designed to guide participants through a series of questions central to understanding the importance of good work in our society.

Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Plan

December 1, 2014

Community foundations have proven themselves to be cornerstones of support to the community, especially in times of need and disaster. When emergencies or disasters strike, the Foundation must be well-prepared to quickly and effectively help itself in order to be able to help others.The Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Plan (hereafter referred to as Disaster Plan) outlines the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc.'s strategy for responding to an emergency or disaster, provides information essential to continuity of critical business functions and identifies the resources needed to:ensure safety of staff and visitorsprotect assets and vital records (electronic data and hardcopy)protect the physical structures on Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. propertycommunicate effectively with staff, board members and the Noble County communitymaintain continuity of mission-critical services and support operationsprovide timely emergency support and grant making service to the communityIn planning for an emergency and its potential aftermath, the process is organized as follows:Emergency planning includes procedures and steps done prior to a disaster and immediately after to protect staff, property and assess damage.Disaster recovery is the steps taken to restore some functions so that some level of services can be offered.Business continuity is restoration planning, completing the full circle to get our organization back to where it was before an interruption.Please note that no two emergencies are identical. Therefore, no single plan of action can anticipate and address every possible circumstance. The instructions contained in this plan are intended to serve as guidelines only. They may not be appropriate in all cases. At no time should staff risk personal safety in complying with any of its provisions.

Financial First Aid Tool Kit: Financial Tips for Accumulating and Managing Wealth

March 14, 2013

Wealth building is an anti-poverty strategy that helps low- and moderate-income people move toward greater self-sufficiency by accumulating assets, the basis of wealth. The document is designed to provide information to help individuals and families build and protect their assets. The information can be used by individuals or families, as well as organizations working to increase financial security.When low-wealth families are provided the tools to save and grow their money, the generational cycle of poverty can be broken.The Foundation for the Mid South believes that building wealth requires increased access to effective financial programs and information. When families possess the tools and knowledge to get their finances on track, they can begin to grow their savings, maximize their income, and acquire assets.