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Community Leadership Assessment Tool

October 1, 2020

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.Take the assessment online at candid.org/howwelead.

State of the Community Foundation Field in Europe 2020

January 1, 2021

Building an understanding of the shape and work of the community foundation field is important not only in raising awareness of its scale and scope, for those operating within it and those with an interest in local development, but also to inform further development of the field.In an exceptional year for all societies worldwide, ECFI has conducted its biennial assessment of the community foundation (CF) field in Europe. This report has been informed by a survey of community foundations support organisations (CFSOs) and intelligence gathered through our ongoing engagement with the field.This report provides a snapshot of the field, highlights changes and trends, and identifies some key issues relevant to its further development. There are reflections on the role that community foundations played in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but also on how this impacted on the community foundations themselves, and how this has altered their thinking and strategies.The analysis of community foundations support organisations (CFSOs) differentiates them by type and shows how this essential part of the field has developed. The work of community foundations support organisations is described and there is a focus on two important areas – what they did differently following the outbreak of Covid-19, and how they are supporting the field in respect of embracing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Conclusions are drawn from the analysis of the field which will inform ECFI's work which aims to strengthen and promote the community foundation movement in Europe.

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.

Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers

February 8, 2016

The new report from JobsFirstNYC and the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, highlights national examples of effective sectoral employment programs for youth. It lays out strategies for developing and maintaining strong partnerships among industry experts and youth development practitioners, to boost employment rates among young adults and improve business outcomes. Finally, it details lessons learned from JobsFirstNYC's Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP), a successful, first-of-its-kind pilot to test whether sector strategies could be specifically effective for young adults who are out of school and unemployed.Drawing on the promising results of several sector-based employment programs for young people throughout the nation, this report explores how:By expanding and deepening access for young people to sectoral employment initiatives, policymakers and funders can help young people find alternative pathways to jobs, job stability, and advancement;Community-based and young-adult-serving organizations can play a critical role in connecting young people to employment;Collaboration across organizations is essential, and financial incentives to support partnerships must be built into future efforts; andSectoral strategies can yield even greater gains when they go beyond strategies focused on job placement to partnering with employers to identify ways to improve workers' conditions while also supporting business success.

Benchmarking Diversity: A First Look at New York City Foundations and Nonprofits

October 8, 2009

New York City foundations and nonprofit organizations have racially diverse staffs, according to a new report by Philanthropy New York and the Foundation Center, but this diversity decreases at higher levels of seniority. A substantial number of foundations and nonprofits are tracking information about the racial and ethnic makeup of the grantees and populations that they respectively serve. The study is the first of its kind in New York City and the nation to examine "both sides" of the equation -- with survey data from 95 grantmaking foundations and 540 nonprofit organizations in the five boroughs.

On the Brink of New Promise: The Future of U.S. Community Foundations

September 1, 2005

Explores the evolution of community philanthropy, and analyzes the combination of factors that have recently altered the entire field. Looks at new options and opportunities, and outlines the changes necessary in order to adapt in a new environment.

Better Together: Regional Alliances and Small Community Foundation Sustainability

July 1, 2005

Examines the role regional alliances play in helping community foundations achieve financial sustainability, focusing on those with less than $20 million in assets. Includes five case studies that represent a distinct alliance model.

September 11: Perspectives From the Field of Philanthropy -- Volume Three

January 1, 2004

Assesses the philanthropic sector's response to September 11 through interviews with leaders in the field. Provides lessons learned in the government-philanthropic relief effort, highlighting unresolved public policy issues. Includes recommendations.

9/11 Relief and Regranting Funds

December 1, 2003

This report provides an overview of the activities and beneficiaries of the funds and agencies involved in 9/11-related disaster relief and recovery, drawn from data compiled by the Foundation Center through September 2003. Reflecting differences in sources of information, the report offers two distinct and complementary views of the funds:Part I discusses findings from our 2003 survey of large and small relief funds and agencies. The survey provides a broad perspective on the activities and practices of 9/11-related charities and considers the impact of size and sponsor type on patterns of assistance, sources of support, and timetables for distributing aid. More importantly, it sheds light on some of the planning and operational constraints involved in the delivery of disaster relief and the creative responses and collaborative efforts required to overcome these difficulties and achieve results.Part II documents total contributions raised and distributed by 40 of the largest 9/11 relief and regranting funds. The analysis tracks the purposes and beneficiaries of nearly $2.2 billion distributed by these charities for relief and recovery efforts through September 2003, and projects distribution patterns for unspent funds.

September 11: Perspectives From the Field of Philanthropy -- Volume Two

January 1, 2003

Assesses the philanthropic sector's response to September 11 through in-depth interviews with leaders in the field, including material that underscores the significance of the aid provided by philanthropic and charitable organizations.

The State of the Nation's Ecosystems 2008

September 1, 2002

Provides the product of five years' work by nearly 150 individuals from environmental organizations, businesses, universities, and federal, state, and local government.