CF Insights asks a very simple but important question: "What if each community foundation could know what all community foundations collectively know?" This collection features research produced and funded by community foundations, and other resources relevant to the field. Contact us at cfinsights@candid.org and visit us at cfinsights.candid.org.

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2012 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts Point to New Heights

July 31, 2013

With this report, CF Insights' aim is to share a snapshot of community foundation asset growth and activity during 2012. The findings are based on 276 community foundation responses to the Columbus Survey as of June 2013.

Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size Top 100 Lists - FY 2012

May 31, 2013

In this publication, CF Insights highlights attributes that characterize community foundations in ways beyond asset values.2012 Columbus Survey participants are ranked based on:– Most Active Grantmakers—distribution rates, with percent of donor-advised assets– Most Gifts per Capita—gifts per capita, with population of community served– Most Activity—total gift & grant transactions, with average transaction size

Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size Top 100 Lists - FY 2011

May 14, 2012

In this publication, CF Insights highlights attributes that characterize community foundations in ways beyond asset values.2011 Columbus Survey participants are ranked based on:– Most Active Grantmakers—distribution rates, with percent of donor-advised assets– Most Gifts per Capita—gifts per capita, with population of community served– Most Activity—total gift & grant transactions, with average transaction size

Do More than Grow: Realizing the Potential of Community Foundation Donor-Advised Funds

April 1, 2012

Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) have been a growth engine for community foundations since the 1990s but the aspiration today is for DAFs to do more. In Do More than Grow: Realizing the Potential of Community Foundation Donor-Advised Funds, new data and analysis of donor behavior reveals the significant untapped strategic value in community foundation DAFs.

Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size Top 100 Lists - FY 2010

June 6, 2011

In this publication, CF Insights highlights attributes that characterize community foundations in ways beyond asset values.2010 Columbus Survey participants are ranked based on:– Most Active Grantmakers—distribution rates, with percent of donor-advised assets– Most Gifts per Capita—gifts per capita, with population of community served– Most Activity—total gift & grant transactions, with average transaction size

Trends Across the Community Foundation Field: Columbus Survey 2010 Results: Guideposts Point to Growth

May 23, 2011

Provides a snapshot of community foundation asset growth and activity during 2010. Findings are based on over 250 community foundation responses to a Columbus Foundation survey as of March 2011. Looks at trends, grantmaking, operating expenses, and other metrics.

Seeking Shared Success: Business Model Innovation Through Mergers, Affiliations, and Alliances

February 1, 2011

Learn how alliances, affiliations, and mergers represent a path to enhanced sustainability and greater impact for community foundations. Hear perspectives from community foundation leaders, access tools for considering a new structure, and read case studies from six community foundations.

Foundations for Civic Impact: Advocacy and Civic Engagement Toolkit for Community Foundations

September 30, 2010

Offers guidance for community and public foundations on supporting grantees' policy and civic engagement activities, including rationale, rules for foundations as grantmakers and as advocates, sample grantmaking materials, success stories, and resources.

Fueling Impact: A Fresh Look at Business Model Innovation and New Revenue Sources

May 1, 2010

Do you want to know how community foundations are finding innovative new sources of support, and diversifying their revenue base? How new revenue sources strengthen each community foundation's differentiation and sustainability?Difficult economic times in 2008-2010 have been an important wake-up call -- a reminder that diversifying revenue sources is an essential component of a strong business model.

2009 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts on the Path to Recovery

April 8, 2010

With this report, "Guideposts on the Path to Recovery," CF Insights' aim is to share 2009 highlights following a February 2009 report that looked in depth at 2008 results. This report is based on over 200 community foundations' contributions to the Columbus Survey as of March 2010.

Learning from the Future: A Resource for Planning Ahead – Five Stories of Community Foundations Using the Stress Test

April 6, 2010

The Economic Scenario Planning (ESP) model is designed to help community foundations of any size and shape create five-year forecasts and plan for multiple scenarios. Community foundations using the model cite important benefits, often revising goals or making operating model changes as a result.The stories that follow demonstrate how using the ESP model helps to:* Integrate perspectives to create a common plan.* Provide a reality check for future goals.* Structure a process to facilitate board discussions about the future.* Catalyze a new call to action.* Track progress towards goals.Stories from five different community foundations highlight differences in motivations for using the model, the way they see the future, and the decisions they are making. However, one benefit is common throughout – having a picture of the future grounded in data helps them create or change the dialogue about what defines sustainability for their foundation in the months and years to come. 

2008 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts for Growth and Grantmaking

February 16, 2010

This report, developed from Columbus Survey data, highlights trends in common metrics across the community foundation field. The report provides 2008 results. This field-wide data begins to answer the question of how community foundations have fared in the economic crisis. It is important to note that the data is a composite representing a wide range of community foundations and communities across the US. The objectives of this report are first, to describe field-wide trends in the aggregate, and more importantly, to offer a resource to understand the performance of an individual organization in the context of the field.