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Released: 06/2009

In 2009, the Community Research Institute (CRI) at the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University, on behalf of CMF, undertook an analysis of organizational policies of 11 foundations.

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Released: 09/2012

This report explores how variations in foundations' characteristics, activities, and giving levels influence charitable (program-related) administrative expense levels for a sample of the largest independent foundations between 2007 and 2009.

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Audience: All Members



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Released: 11/2008

This report presents findings from the most recent report on the Foundation Expenses and Compensation Project and documents how differences in type, size, and operating activities of foundations affect their finances and charitable administrative expenses.

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Audience: All Members



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Released: 06/2013

This handbook is for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, both public charities and private foundations, and provides an explanation of simple advocacy tactics that will empower you to take action and further your mission.

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Topic: AdvocacyLobbying



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Released: 02/2012

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 examine how Community foundations have a long history of supporting college access, particularly through the management of scholarship programs. This article examines the role of community foundations in the creation and establishment of local college access networks (LCAN) across the state of Michigan.

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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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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: 12/2007

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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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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