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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2013 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts for Growth and Aspirations

July 29, 2014

With this report, CF Insights' aim is to share a snapshot of community foundation asset growth and activity during 2013. The findings are based on 285 community foundation responses to the Columbus Survey as of April 2014.

Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size Top 100 Lists - FY 2013

April 23, 2014

In this publication, CF Insights highlights attributes that characterize community foundations in ways beyond asset values.2013 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

Align, Adapt, Aspire: Ten Years of Community Foundation Business Model Evolution

September 20, 2013

Community foundations understand how the traditional community foundation business model falls short of new aspirations. Sustainability is an ongoing challenge and many community foundations work towards continually adapting their business model to support a changing context and achieve enough clarity to do so in a way that is aligned with values, strategy, and culture. In In Align, Adapt, Aspire: Ten Years of Community Foundation Business Model Evolution, CF Insights examines the evolution of community foundation business model and highlights principles behind successful community foundations given shifting community needs, donor priorities, and economic circumstances.

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.

Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact - A Conversation with Workshop Faculty

June 11, 2013

In early 2013, more than 60 leaders of mature collective impact initiatives gathered in Cincinnati for a three day workshop to discuss their work leading backbone organizations, and to learn from each other about how to improve their practice. The workshop was organized by the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, FSG, the StriveNetwork, and the Tamarack Institute.At the close of the three day workshop, leaders from FSG, Strive, and Tamarack participated in a discussion on critical questions raised by workshop participants. The conversation touched on a range of topics including articulating the value of the backbone organization to funders and community partners, measuring the success of the backbone organization, and building shared leadership for collective impact work. This report reflects that panel discussion.

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

Case Studies: How Four Community Information Projects Went from Idea to Impact

February 1, 2013

Making positive change happen in communities requires the free flow of quality information. We need it to achieve the results we want in education, public safety, environmental protection, youth development -- and just about any other issue that we care about. If the news and information environment is in trouble, so is civic life. Community and place-based foundations across the country are recognizing that, in an increasingly digital world, credible news and information are among the most powerful tools they have to spark community change. Over the five years of the Knight Community Information Challenge (KCIC), more than 80 foundations have invested in various media projects -- strengthening local and state reporting, encouraging citizen dialogue and supporting digital literacy skills -- to advance their goals for a better community.This report offers four case studies on how different foundations used information to improve the healthy functioning of their communities. The cases highlight the following: Why did each foundation support local media? How did it connect to their strategic priorities? What steps did they take to make their project successful? And what impact has it had on the issues they care about? Sharing these cases we hope provides valuable lessons for other foundations considering supporting local news and information efforts and broadening their commitment to using media and technology to engage residents.

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

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.

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.