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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The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self-Assessment Tool

This tool, developed by Living Cities and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, supports communities in understanding what actions they might take to successfully take investment capital and apply it to community development purposes.

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What if we treated violence like a contagious disease?

In this video from TEDMED 2013, epidemiologist Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence says the issue has been misdiagnosed, and instead created science-based strategies that aim to stop violence before it erupts.

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Mission Investors Exchange Opportunity Zones Resources

Learn more from the Mission Investors Exchange about the benefits, risks, and potential of opportunity zones.

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More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant

From the Center for Effective Philanthropy, most of foundations’ efforts to contribute ‘beyond the money’ have little beneficial impact on grantees. More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant reveals that only when foundation staff provide assistance beyond the grant in one of two ways do grantees report a substantially more positive experience with their funders. Three exemplary foundations are profiled: Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Winter Park Health Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.

Effective Philanthropy in Brazil

This report from McKinsey&Company is a study of existing barriers and potential actions to increase and improve effective philanthropy in Brazil.

The Role of Foundations in Public Debates in Germany

This article explores the history of foundations in Germany and assesses their public role, both as contributors of arguments and policy papers, and as objects of public debate.

Mexico Community Foundations: A Comprehensive Profile

This report examines the state of community foundations in Mexico

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Handbook on Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes

From Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, this handbook on responsible investing provides the blueprint for foundation asset managers interested in multiplying their organization’s impact on society through options that link mission with investments that create long-term value to society

Doing Good Index 2018

The inaugural Doing Good Index examines the enabling environment for philanthropy and private social investment across 15 Asian economies, including China, Indonesia and The Phillipines. Composed of four areas–tax and fiscal policy, regulatory regimes, socio-cultural ecosystem, and government procurement–the Index reveals how Asian economies are catalyzing philanthropic giving.

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The History of Violence

This publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explores the history of violence and the reasons why it has become a greater focus for public health in recent decades.