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

Grantmakers and Governments: The Possibilities of Partnership

While both governments and philanthropic organizations are committed to community investment, the two sectors do no often partner on projects.  This paper is intended to help philanthropic funders understand more about the context for working with government, as well as the opportunities and challenges they may encounter if they intend to work with government at any level. 

India Philanthropy Report 2018: Understanding Tomorrow's Strategic Givers

This report from Dasra explores strategic giving in India by examining how philanthropists can give more effectively to increase the impact of their giving.

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NGOsource

NGOsource helps U.S. grantmakers streamline and save in their international giving. NGOsource is a project of TechSoup and was started with support from the Council on Foundations.

A Portrait of Canadian Foundation Philanthropy

A report from Philanthropic Foundations Canada on trends resources, and strategies in community philanthropy in Canada.

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Alternative Investment Funds Publications and Resources

From PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, these publications and resources cover issues surrounding investments other than stocks, bonds and cash.

Navigating the Territory: A Guide to Impact Investing for Donors

You can become an impact investor today. This guide created by The Philanthropic Initiative will help you learn the different options you have for aligning your financial assets with your social goals to help for-profit and non-profit social benefit organizations become stronger and more sustainable. If you're an individual, family or foundation intrigued by the opportunities presented through impact investing, this guide will help you get started.

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Center for Court Innovation: Violence Prevention and Public Health Resources

A collection of podcasts and publications from the Center for Court Innovation.

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Fundraising Standard Online Certificate Program

The Standard is a 40 hour program of online learning designed to give participants a thorough introduction to the process of fundraising and get them started on their first fundraising campaign. It provides an introduction to the nonprofit sector and its associated fundraising ethics, before taking the lid off what we know about giving (who gives and why). You'll receive a thorough grounding in the science and practice of communication design and how to raise substantively more money simply by avoiding common errors that nonprofits typically make and focusing on donor satisfaction and wellbeing.

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Carry Your Cash: Supporting Community Finance with Cash Deposits

This guide, published by Confluence Philanthropy, focuses on how a foundation can leverage its assets in service of its mission by investing cash locally through community-based financing. It reviews the different types of depositories, as well as the steps on how to get started carrying your cash, and also features two foundation case studies.

Canada Giving 2017

An overview of charitable giving in 2017 authored by Charities Aid Foundation. This report looks at trends in charitable giving in Canada. It explores how people of different ages and social groups give, the way they give, the rise of online or text giving, the importance of sponsorship and the different causes people support.