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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Mission Possible: Emerging Opportunities for Mission Connected Investment

From the New Economics Foundation, Mission Possible considers how foundations might more effectively use a proportion of their endowment in support of the change they set out to create – their mission. Starting from the premise that paths are made by walking, it explores the potential of ‘mission-connected investment’ or MCI – defined as investment which promises a market return but also helps to achieve mission.

Philanthropy in Nigeria

This resource from Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group provides resources and information on the Nigerian philanthropc sector

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.

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Personal Strategy: Mobilizing Your Self for Effective Grantmaking

From Grantcraft, whether it's introducing new ideas into your foundation or offering constructive feedback to a grantee, grantmakers can develop personal strategies to meet the "soft" challenges of grantmaking. Effective personal strategy helps practitioners use their understanding of self and role - as learner, analyst, bridge builder - to manage the tensions that come with the job. In this guide, contributors discuss the elements of personal strategy and how it helps grantmakers to leverage their strengths in service to their objectives. The guide also explores why some grantmakers are able to think and work like "naturals" - and how the rest of us can emulate their style.

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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.