From Charlottesville to Las Vegas, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and now the California fires, it has been a devastating couple of months. The Council will continue to activate our support networks and national reach to provide greater scope in backing the community foundations in affected areas. Should you desire to learn more or understand how you can help, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Countless community foundations have mobilized to direct funders and DAFs to support these disasters. Most have utilized our own field to direct that support, recommending donors make grants directly to the community foundations in impacted communities. Thank you for uplifting your peers in these instances.
The Council stands with our philanthropic sector in doing all it can to respond, recover, and move our communities forward. Please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can help—on this or the everyday issues that arise at your Foundation.
Also, please don’t forget to take a close look at the North American Community Foundation Summit. If these past few months have taught us anything, it’s that we are much stronger together as a field—learning and connecting with our peers across Canada, U.S., and Mexico.
We each share common struggles and a shared vision for community philanthropy, and this summit proves to be one of the most cost effective, diverse, and dynamic learning platform the field has experienced in years. Learn more and join us Feb 5-6, 2018.
Director, Community Philanthropy
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Community First Foundation’s Noah Atencio Named 2017 Scrivner Award Winner
Noah Atencio, Vice President of Community Impact for Community First Foundation in Arvada, Colorado, was awarded the 2017 Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, one of the most prestigious honors for innovative grantmakers. His nomination was based on his leadership in the creation and promotion of The Innovators Society, which funds promising, but not yet proven, approaches to mental wellness. Atencio’s efforts have led to measurable growth of five mental wellness innovations in the Denver area, and the creation of a 512-member network committed to accelerating new solutions for mental wellness. Learn more.
Latest Disaster Info: Need to Know
Many community foundations (CFs) have responded to recent disasters. Learn more about the state of affairs, their approach to responding, and how you can help mobilize your most engaged donors to help, increasing their commitment to you as a steward of giving.
COF Member Story in Brief: Louisville to PR
With telecommunications reporting less than 35% effective several weeks later in Puerto Rico, and 90% of the island still without power, connecting with the staff of Community Foundation of Puerto Rico (PR) proved challenging.
But the Council was able to connect a staff member at the Community Foundation of Louisville with leaders at Community Foundation of Puerto Rico to allow a Louisville nonprofit, Waterstep International to get connected with them as they were on the ground in PR to provide invaluable water systems in disaster situations.
Countless other important connections were made through Harvey, Irma, Maria, and incidents in Charlottesville and Las Vegas. The power of the Council as a national network, holder of critical federal relationships, and ability to activate a broad reach and range of funders was fully demonstrated these past few months.
Thanks to our members for making our work possible.
Disasters. What to do?
Even if your community was spared devastation, there is good reason to have a plan for how you might immediately respond in any given disaster.
Advise: A robust discussion with staff and the board can help map out your desired role and first steps:
Jennifer Barahona, ED at Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation shared:
“In the immediate, the most important thing that they can do is to be extremely clear on who funds are meant to help. That one issue has been the single biggest challenge for us and one that has caused permanent fractures in our community… Donors should select if they want funds to go to victim compensation or to support other things like survivor care – both physical and emotional – in the short or long term. This will save massive headaches down the road. There are far more things to sort out but in the early hours, this issue is the most critical.”
For important lessons and preparedness:
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3 Ways to Pitch a Corporate Partnership for #GivingTuesday
From our partners at Guidestar:
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Advanced Giving for Giving Day? It works.
It's typically a 24-hour intense period of giving, yet Seattle, Omaha, Texas, Colorado and Minnesota are all utilizing “advanced giving” to give donors and nonprofits more flexibility to make the most of Giving Days. For the North Texas Giving Day, 15% of gifts came in that week while the rush of Giving Day itself remained strong.
As Susan Swam Smith, Chief Giving Day Officer at Community Foundation of Texas reported:
“Scheduled giving gave nonprofits some extra time to host Donations Stations or other events – if the Thursday Giving Day date didn’t work for them. And, while the platform is available anywhere in the world on Giving Day, it gave donors who were concerned about their ability to give on that particular day a bigger window.”
In the case of North Texas Giving Day, a few stats and noteworthy conclusions:
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