Community Foundation

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Released: 09/2012

In this reprint from the Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy published by the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University, the authors focuses on a particular approach to large-scale, community-based educational change – Local College Access Networks in the state of Michigan – to answer two key questions: What factors serve to shape the social change agenda? How can community foundations serve to promote and advance the agenda?

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Resource Type: Report
Funding Area: Education



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Released: 08/2005

This research project finds that regional alliances take multiple forms and, despite inherent challenges and potential pitfalls, are a valuable vehicle for community foundations seeking to minimize operating costs and enhance service quality.

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Released: 12/2013

While civic foundations and community foundations share some similar characteristics, this document clarifies the primary differences between the two types of organizations.

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Resource Type: Fact Sheet



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Released: 03/2013

Drawing on surveys, focus groups, archival documents, and interviews with youth participants and adult advisors and leaders, this report documents the impacts on youth, the participating community foundations, and on the Michigan communities.

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Topic: History



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Released: 12/2007

This study of high net-worth philanthropy explores the philanthropic patterns of high net-worth households by looking for statistical differences in the way certain groups of individuals donate relative to other high net-worth households.

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Released: 06/2006

A community foundation's accomplishments, effectiveness, and sustainability traditionally have been calculated against the "yardstick" of asset size. Smaller foundations are continually working toward the magic $10 million in assets. However, the field is changing and asset size is no longer the best measure of a community foundation's impact. The discussion presented in this report explores other benchmarks for assessing the performance of community foundations.

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Resource Type: Report



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Released: 01/2006

Community foundations in Michigan have successfully partnered with state government to strengthen communities, engage citizens and build a better future. This report identifies several projects during the 20-year period of 1986 - 2006 which show how community foundations have made a difference in Michigan communities.

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Resource Type: CMF Publication



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Released: 09/2011

Leaders of community foundations agree on the importance of strategy, but new research indicates that few actually use it in the programmatic and donor-related work of their organizations. That key finding is contained in the report titled Rhetoric Versus Reality: A Strategic Disconnect at Community Foundations, released by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP).

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Released: 12/2013

This organizational assessment tool can help assist community foundation directors prior to strategic planning sessions.

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Released: 03/2008

Adopted by the Council on Foundations' Community Foundation Leadership Team on 3/4/2008, this document outlines the official definition of a community foundation.

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Resource Type: Best Practice



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