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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Metropolitan Atlanta: Civic Health Index 2012

July 11, 2013

At The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we define philanthropy as the giving of time, talent and treasure. We know it takes philanthropy to build thriving communities. We know that thriving communities are engaged communities. They are communities that actively participate in philanthropy and civic engagement. At The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, our mission is to strengthen our 23-county region by providing quality services to donors and innovative leadership on community issues. To accomplish this we have to know how involved metro Atlantans are in philanthropy and civic engagement.In 2012, we joined 20 other states and four other cities in producing an annual Civic Health Index. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has prepared this metro Atlanta focused summary on five data points from the 2012 Georgia Civic Health Index specific to metro Atlanta: participation in formal and informal volunteering; participation in groups; social connectedness; electoral participation; and political action. It is our hope that by knowing where we are as a region that we can understand where we need to go in mobilizing our nearly 5.5 million metro area residents to actively get involved in philanthropy and civic engagement to build a greater metro Atlanta.

Tracking Investment and Engagement: A Regional Portrait

January 27, 2012

Presents survey findings about attitudes toward, motivations for, and activities in community involvement, philanthropic giving, volunteerism, and public policy involvement in the metropolitan Atlanta region as of July 2011. Considers implications.

Impact Philanthropy: Higher Education

October 31, 2011

Highlights public policy issues that affect higher education in Georgia; the foundation's commitments to increasing access to higher education, including its scholarship funds; nonprofits in the field; and donor options for supporting students.

The Neighborhood Fund: Celebrating 20 Years of Changing Communities

October 1, 2011

Offers an overview of the small grants program and leadership institute for grassroots organizations. Profiles foundation staff involved with the fund, advisory committee members, grantees, and donors.

The Neighborhood Fund: 20 Years of Connecting People, Changing Communities

August 8, 2011

Outlines the premise and strategy behind the initiative, as well as the history, key components, and lessons of the fund for driving positive community change through grants, leadership development, coaching, and partnerships.

Building Our Communities Through Philanthropy

June 1, 2011

Outlines the foundation's roles, in addition to that of grantmaker, as a regional convener, community leader, partner, and pipeline for nonprofit resources in finding solutions to community improvement and development issues.

Planet Philanthropy: A Guide for Your Philanthropic Journey

May 16, 2011

Outlines for youth the role of philanthropy, nonprofits, and volunteerism in meeting community needs and describes the foundation's Planet Philanthropy workshop for children ages 9 to 15. Includes profiles of nonprofits and resource list.

Grants to Green -- Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Nonprofits

January 31, 2011

Describes how the Grants to Green initiative is helping Atlanta nonprofits reduce energy and water use while increasing cost efficiency by funding green building assessments and implementation, knowledge sharing, leadership opportunities, and evaluation.

Foreclosure Crisis in Metro Atlanta

September 30, 2010

Summarizes the impact of the foreclosure crisis on metropolitan Atlanta by county, lists potential solutions, and profiles area nonprofits focused on addressing the crisis and community development.

Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Opportunities Initiative: Building Capacity for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

August 10, 2010

Describes an initiative to offer support and resources to youth aging out of foster care, including individual development and debit accounts and access to education, jobs, health care, and housing. Outlines impact, CFGA's role, and lessons learned.

Center for Family Philanthropy: Helping Families Grow in New Directions

May 17, 2010

Outlines the center's multi-generational approach and the information, resources, and customized service it offers to help donors expand their philanthropic engagement and connect with effective nonprofits. Includes donor profiles.

Impact Philanthropy: Arts & Culture

October 14, 2009

Provides an overview of Atlanta area arts and cultural organizations; the role of the arts in education, youth engagement, community development, and support for underserved populations; and the foundation's support for the arts between 2005 and 2009.