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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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.

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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Philanthropy and the SDGs: Getting Started

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' guide for philanthropy to get started with the SDGs.

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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.

Philanthropic Journalism Funding in Germany

This report from the Journalism Funders Forum analyzes and summarizes grantmaking to German journalism and media outlets.

The Global Landscape of Philanthropy

This report from Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) presents an anlysis of the current trends in global philanthropy.

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Case Study: Expanding Philanthropy - Mission-Related Investing at the F.B. Heron Foundation

Prepared by the Southern New Hampshire University's School of Community Economic Development and available through Mission Investors Exchange, this case study explores the details of the F.B. Heron Foundation's rationale, exploration, and implementation of its mission-related investment strategy, and reviews tools (including PRIs), specific investments, interim outcomes, and lessons learned. The case study provides a walk-through of how Heron applies its Mission-related Investment Continuum to its portfolio.