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Browse these timely, relevant resources curated by our team of experts to deepen your knowledge of best practices, data insights and more. If you have suggested resources for inclusion in the Knowledge Center please contact our team.
Grantmaking With Purpose - Sample Grant Materials
This resource is intended to provide sample documents for the initial stages of the grantmaking process.
Raising Your Voice For Change: The Why and How of Advocacy
As a vehicle for strengthening society, philanthropy plays a key role in shaping policy at the local, state and federal levels. Advocacy is one of philanthropy’s most impactful tools for effecting change, allowing organizations to elevate the voices of the commu
The Basics of the Grantmaking Process and Due Diligence
This resource is intended to fill a gap in available source material to provide a useful overview for grantmakers of all sizes and types. It outlines the general steps of the grantmaking process while highlighting areas where due diligence components can be incorporated.
Foundation Operations and Management Report 2023
This resource – the only one of its kind for foundations operating with few or no staff – offers key industry benchmarks, along with data on the evolution of lean foundations.
FAQS About Disasters
This resource is intended to explore frequently asked questions involved in managing disaster funds, specifically issues of concern to private foundations, community foundations, corporate foundation/giving programs and other public charities that manage grantmaking.
An Operations Checklist for Foundation Compliance
This resource is intended to provide an overview of compliance needs and opportunities for both private foundations and public charities with grantmaking operations.
Comparing Philanthropic Giving Structures: Private Foundation or Community Foundation-Based Fund?
This document is a reference tool for considering which philanthropic giving structure is most appropriate to the unique situation and priorities of these individuals and families.
Midwest Family Foundation Webinar: Transparency vs. Privacy in Family Philanthropy
How visible and accessible should your family's philanthropy be to others? It's a classic question with multiple correct answers based on faith, family tradition, regulatory frameworks, strategy and many more factors.
Protecting Your Data: How You Can Enhance Your Organization's Cybersecurity
Phishing emails, spam texts and cybercriminals are leveraging more sophisticated ways to try and access your personal and organizational information. How can you protect your data?
Charitable Gaming and Auctions For Grantmaking Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations
This guide provides an overview of the regulations and practical considerations of different types of charitable gaming available to nonprofit organizations.
A Data-Informed Dialogue on DAF Payout
Explore the study's key findings and consider how these knowledge insights can inform foundation policies, practices and grantmaking goals in our efforts to support equitable thriving communities.
Data-Informed Dialogue: Examining Private Foundation Payout Rates
CMF partnered with the research team at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Plante Moran Financial Advisors to update, deepen and expand critical research around the relationship between the mandated 5% payout rate and actual distribution rates of private foundations.