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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Building to Last: A Grantmaker’s Guide to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations

This guide from the TCC Group provides an overview of how grantmakers can launch or enhance a robust capacity-building program that focuses on strengthening their grantees.

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The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life

Why do some veterans have a hard time readjusting to civilian life while others make the transition with little or no difficulty? To answer that question, Pew researchers analyzed the attitudes, experiences and demographic characteristic of veterans to identify the factors that independently predict whether a service member will have an easy or difficult re-entry experience.

Sea of Goodwill: Matching the Donor to the Need

From the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support, this white paper describes a re-integration trinity of education, employment and health care which serve to improve the quality of life for service members and their families.

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Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses

The Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses study reveals the economic costs to society from the high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and reduced labor force participation among U.S. military spouses. The research was conducted by the Sorenson Impact Center, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, in consultation and collaboration with Blue Star Families.

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IRS Publication 4302: A Charity's Guide to Car Donations

Types of car donation programs and their impact on tax-exempt status, taxable income, and deductible contributions.

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Northern New England Community Foundation Impact Investing: A Rural Community Foundation Case Study

In summer 2011, the Maine Community Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation came together, with the help of GPS Capital Partners and TPI, to jointly evaluate the potential for expanding impact investing as a program strategy and donor service. This case study looks at the role impact investing could play in those three community foundations and throughout northern New England.

A Call to Action: Sustaining the Groundswell of Support

From the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support, this white paper provides recommendations intended to act as a catalyst for State and Local government, and are provided with the premise that needs and opportunities exist on a continuum.

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Achieving a Sustainable Urban America: SDSN’s first U.S. Cities SDG Index

This U.S. Cities SDG Index aims to set a framework for action and help urban leaders address the many sustainable development challenges affecting their cities.

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IRS Publication 1771: Charitable Contributions–Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements

Explains the federal tax law for organizations such as charities and churches that receive tax-deductible charitable contributions and for taxpayers who make contributions.

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From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

In this report the World Economic Forum Investors Industries consulted the senior most decision-makers and portfolio managers of the largest and most innovative investors in the world; this facilitated a more realistic vantage point on the challenges in scaling the sector. Working with this group was also instrumental in raising awareness and knowledge among key stakeholders for taking impact investing from the margins into the mainstream.