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U.S. Community Foundation Asset Growth Stalls While DAF Giving Outpaces Trends

The latest results from the Columbus Survey of community foundations, reflecting fiscal year (FY) 2018, are now live. This annual effort by CF Insights, a service of Candid, establishes a baseline understanding of where the community foundation field is today. It also helps inform those within the field who want to know how they compare with peers. This year, more than 250 community foundations, which together manage over 90 percent of the estimated dollars in this segment of the field, contributed their data to inform our findings, now available on our refreshed Columbus Survey Results Dashboard.


Connecting with Community Foundations: Your Partner Next Door

My colleague Jillian Rosen and I were both at grantseeking organizations before we joined the community foundation field. Having engaged with many other foundations during that time, I learned to deeply value the nature of community foundations—they are inherently more accessible, engaged, and respectful than many other institutional funders. It’s why we’re both so grateful to be working at a community foundation and pleased to present some background and tips for how YOU can engage YOUR community foundation.


If You Live Here. Give Here.

Across the country, throughout the year, community foundations sponsor giving days to raise money for local nonprofits. Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, shares the results of Middle Tennessees May 2 giving day, The Big Payback.

EVERY person in Middle Tennessee has been touched by a nonprofit. Their lives are better for it.
Maybe they were born in a nonprofit hospital.
They were certainly educated in a nonprofit school.
Every time they go to their church, synagogue or mosque ... they reap the benefits.
When they take out a book from the library or go to the theater or rescue an animal. ...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018—for 24 hours—it was again time for Middle Tennessee to come together to pay back these nonprofits for the life-changing work they do.
I mean, would any of us want to live in a community without schools, hospitals, religious institutions, animal shelters, art museums, and the rest?


The Best Idea Is Found in These Rooms

The following article is cross-posted from Alliance magazine blog. Based out of the UK, Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment.

The best idea is in these rooms! A conference that only has one goal—exchanging as much knowledge as possible—is only as good as the ideas that are shared. Its success is measured by the participants’ willingness to pick up these ideas and pass them on.

Therefore it comes as no surprise that the workshop on “Understanding the needs of local communities” was completely booked and more participants than expected followed the remarks of Cindy Lindsay (CF Canada), Beate Hirt (Healthy City Slovakia) and Christina Vaileunu (CF Bucharest).


New Report: 21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Community Foundations

It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a new report, “21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Community Foundations.” You can download the report for free from the GuideStar website.


Become the Go-To-Resource on Your Community

I’m thrilled to announce that GuideStar’s newest tool—GuideStar Local Nonprofit Directoryis now available. By combining our powerful search functionality with in-depth information from our Nonprofit Profiles, we developed a community-based nonprofit directory that could be tailored to any region and hosted on any website.