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2019 Columbus Survey Results

October 1, 2020

The data, findings, and rankings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2017 Columbus Survey responses from 238 community foundations.

2018 Columbus Survey Results

June 1, 2019

The data, findings, and rankings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2018 Columbus Survey responses from 251 community foundations. 

2017 Columbus Survey Results

July 20, 2018

The data, findings, and rankings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2017 Columbus Survey responses from 269 community foundations. 

2016 Columbus Survey of Community Foundations: List of Top 100 Community Foundations by Asset Size

August 16, 2017

Includes results of the 2016 Columbus Survey of Community Foundations that pertain to the top 100 community foundations by asset size. The table includes the community foundation name, amount of assets at the time of the survey, and fiscal year end.

Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size Top 100 Lists - FY 2016

August 16, 2017

In this publication, CF Insights highlights attributes that characterize community foundations in ways beyond asset values.Participants in the FY 2016 Columbus Survey are ranked based on:– by Distribution Rate—The distribution rate is calculated by dividing the foundation's total grants by total assets (including supporting organizations) at the end of the foundation's fiscal year. The percentage of total assets in donor-advised funds (Percent Total Assets DAF) is the total amount of IRS-classified donor-advised funds divided by total foundation assets.– by Gifts Per Capita—Gifts per capita is calculated by dividing the foundation's total gifts (including supporting organizations) by the population of the foundation's service area. The service area is defined by each community foundation.– by Number of Transactions—Total transactions represent the number of gifts and grants processed annually (including supporting organizations). The average transaction size represents the total dollar value of gifts plus the total dollar value of grants divided by the total number of transactions.

2016 Columbus Survey Results

August 16, 2017

The data and findings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2016 Columbus Survey responses from 253 community foundations. 

Immigration Strategies

May 18, 2015

Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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Special Collection: Sustainable Fisheries

November 1, 2014

This collection, which has been launched with the involvment and the contribution of The Rockefeller Foundation, an EFC member, explores issues around fisheries management, describing some of the challenges faced by small-scale fisheries worldwide and evaluating their efforts to address these challenges and to improve the health and well-being of the people who are dependent on these threatened environments.

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Improving Access to Palliative Care

May 12, 2014

This collection brings together evidence and insights about the millions of people who are denied access to palliative care and what organizations worldwide are doing to help them.

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Communications for Social Good - Discussion Guide

April 1, 2004

This discussion guide contains six sets of questions designed to help foundations, and the nonprofit organizations they support, to plan effective communications campaigns. The questions are excerpted from the paper, Communications for Social Good, by Susan Nall Bales and Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., and cover the key elements in the design of successful campaigns: defining the problem, audience, messenger, medium, and evaluation strategy. The questions are included here for the convenience of readers who wish to use them for individual review or group discussion purposes.

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Ideas in Philanthropic Field Building: Where They Come from and How They Are Translated into Actions - Discussion Guide

March 1, 2004

This discussion guide contains four sets of questions designed to help foundation program staff examine their own practices for identifying and assessing the viability of ideas for foundation investments and field building. The questions are excerpted from the paper, Ideas in Philanthropic Field Building: Where They Come From and How They Are Translated into Actions, and included here for the convenience of readers who wish to use them for individual study or group discussion purposes.

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Toward More Effective Use of Intermediaries: Discussion Guide

September 1, 2003

This study guide is designed to help you think through the concepts presented in Peter Szanton's monograph, Toward More Effective Use of Intermediaries, and consider how you might apply them in the everyday practice of philanthropy. The guide contains a series of exercises intended to stimulate individual reflection and serve as the basis for group discussion.

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