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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State Advocacy Rules

You may be aware of the federal laws and regulations that impact advocacy work, but did you know that states often have their own rules to be aware of? Foundations that engage in advocacy activity at the state and local level should understand the rules at play within their states. Our colleagues at Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative offer state law resources on campaign finance and ballot measures, lobbying disclosure and voter registration. These state laws can change frequently, particularly as courts continue to look at permissible limits of political activity, so please check back regularly.

Unleashing the Potential of Philanthropy in China

A report commissioned by the UN Development Programme on the state of philanthropy in China, with a special focus on the practical governance and policy-related reforms needed to unleash the true potential of this sector in China. 

Levers for Change: Philanthropy in Select South East Asian Countries

This report from Singapore Management University examines the public policies influencing charitable descision making in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

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Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response

A guidebook from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund detailing lessons learned from their efforts in the disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts after the rash of tornadoes that devastated Alabama in April 2011.

From Chaos to Community

The guide aims to inspire individuals and citizen groups to act in organized, effective ways to help people in communities hit by disasters to reclaim their future. It includes concrete suggestions and clear steps towards recovering, rebuilding and re-establishing a sense of security, safety and vitality in these communities. Through models of successful past recovery efforts and widsom from survivors, From Chaos to Community will help those affected by disaster join together, rebuild, and even pay forward their experience to survivors of future disasters as they tackle their own challenges.

Corporate Philanthropy in Asia

This report for the National University of Singapore and the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy provides an analysis of entrepreneurial social finance in Asia,

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The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy

From TCC, which developed the Core Capacity Assessment tool, this resource investigates how organizations can put these core capacities to work in achieving organizational sustainability in difficult economic times.

2018 Impact2030 Summit Executive Summary

With the theme of Accelerating Impact, the 2018 IMPACT2030 Summit celebrated the next evolution of IMPACT2030’s strategic priorities to Activate, Collaborate, and Measure. They have compiled key outcomes and calls-to-action in an Executive Summary.

Expanding Public-Private Partnerships

From the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support, this white paper released at the 2013 Fall Conference for Community Foundations highlights successful examples of partnerships, challenges to public-private partnerships, and a way ahead in supporting our military families.

Giving USA 2019

Amid a complex climate for charitable giving, American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $427.71 billion to U.S. charities in 2018.