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.

CFExpress Training: Module 16

The bonus Module on Sustainable Development Goals is a tremendous addition to the express training program. Module 16 may jog board and staff discussions on systemic change, equity, and the application of the ready-made tool for donor and program development, investments and operations, internal culture building, and alignment of the budget to allow for all to be “rowing” in the same direction.

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. 

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Anti-Defamation League: Funding Hate - How White Supremacists Raise Their Money

It’s one of the most frequent questions the Anti-Defamation League gets asked: Where do White supremacists get their money?

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.

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Tax Policy Center: Balancing Hate, The First Amendment, And Tax-Exempt Status

Is hate speech constitutionally protected? Do groups that express hate in their words and deeds deserve tax-exempt status? Is the IRS equipped to judge what is hate and what is merely odious? Does it even matter? The House Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing on this fraught subject last week. And the answers, it turns out, are very complicated.

A Snapshot of South African Philanthropy

This report from Resourcing Philanthropy summarizes philanthropic trends in South Africa.

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Building Community Capacity for Participation in Evaluation

From GEO, what does it mean to truly and authentically engage a community in evaluation? Grantmakers working on place-based grantmaking already have the incentive and drive to support in-depth evaluation, to understand the impact of the initiative, and to identify opportunities to improve their work. Effective evaluation of these complex and multi-faceted efforts is grounded in the perspectives of community stakeholders.

How Many People Will the World Leave Behind? Assessing current trajectories on the Sustainable Development Goals

This Brookings Institute's 2018 report shows that while progress is being made on the SDGs, much more -- and faster -- work needs to be done to ensure nobody is left behind.