External Resources

The Council teams with various philanthropic partners to distribute valuable professional knowledge and thought-leadership to enhance the impact of foundation leaders. If you have any suggestions on additional resources or expertise the Council should offer, please e-mail knowledge@cof.org to share your insight.

In-Depth knowledge on External Content

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Catalytic First Loss Capital

This issue brief from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) details the motivations, benefits, considerations and suitable scenarios behind the use of catalytic first-loss capital in impact investing transactions. Catalytic first-loss capital refers to socially- and environmentally-driven credit enhancement provided by an investor or grant-maker who agrees to bear first losses in an investment in order to catalyze the participation of co-investors that otherwise would not have entered the deal. Catalytic first-loss capital has gained recent prominence in impact investing dialogue as more investors look to enter the market.

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Department of the Treasury Opportunity Zones Resources

View IRS resources on Opportunity Zones.

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Insights and Impacts: Preventing Violence in Military Families

Since 2009, Blue Shield of California Foundation has supported efforts to prevent violence in the homes of military families. Through investments in research, prevention, advocacy, and cross-sector partnerships, these efforts have already made an impact in California.

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When Disaster Strikes: A Guide for Community Foundations

This Community Foundations of Canada resource provides insight into the unique role of a community foundation and outlines key ways they can contribute to supporting their community in the event of a disaster.

Funds and Foundations in France from 2001 to 2014

A report from the Fondation de France. Foundations in France have doubled since 2001. This report examines the structure and funding flows of French philanthropic grantmaking.

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Mexico: From Prosperity to Purpose - Perspectives on Philanthropy and Social Investment Among Wealthy Individuals in Latin America

This report from the Harvard Kennedy School's Houser Institute for Civil Society examines trends in philanthropy and social investment in Mexico.

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Compounding Impact: Mission Investing by U.S. Foundations

By FSG Social Impact Advisors, this report provides the first comprehensive analysis of mission investing by U.S. foundations and analyzes the activity of 92 U.S. foundations, which have made a combined total of $2.3 billion of mission investments.

Engaging Philanthropy in the Post 2015 Development Agenda in Kenya

This article from the United Nations Development Program reports on an initiative for long-term partnerships in Kenya to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

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Basic Tips for Disaster Giving

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has an excellent primer of basic tips for disaster giving that can help funders ask the right questions about how they can help.

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LOCUS National Opportunity Zones Ranking Report

Learn more about which opportunity zones are positioned to bring the most positive impact on their communities.