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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Handbook on Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes

From Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, this handbook on responsible investing provides the blueprint for foundation asset managers interested in multiplying their organization’s impact on society through options that link mission with investments that create long-term value to society

Doing Good Index 2018

The inaugural Doing Good Index examines the enabling environment for philanthropy and private social investment across 15 Asian economies, including China, Indonesia and The Phillipines. Composed of four areas–tax and fiscal policy, regulatory regimes, socio-cultural ecosystem, and government procurement–the Index reveals how Asian economies are catalyzing philanthropic giving.

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The History of Violence

This publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explores the history of violence and the reasons why it has become a greater focus for public health in recent decades.

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Community Foundations, Meet Opportunity Zones

Discover how you can position your community foundation to best take advantage of opportunity zones.

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Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits

From The Chicago Community Trust, this guide is for all nonprofit organizations that share The Chicago Community Trust's commitment to diversity.

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SDG Partnerships Agenda 2030: Accelerating Progress

Philanthropy University, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and GSVlabs published a new report on the SDGs and how the various sectors, including philanthropy, can drive progress towards achieving the SDGs.

Philanthropy in Brazil

A working paper from Alliance magazine, WINGS, and Philanthropy Network for Social Justice analyzing terms and trends of philanthropy and social investment in Brazil. This report examines the political atmosphere for philantrhopy, as well as the current status, challenges, and potential of the sector.

The Potential of German Community Foundations for Community Development

The study from Maecenata Institut aims to determine the potential community foundations in Germany have for community development.

Bringing Foundations and Governments Closer: A Cross-Country Analysis

This study from The Development Center of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a cross-country analysis of the current state of collaboration between foundations and the government in Mexico, India, Myanmar, and Kenya and offers recommendations for improved relations

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Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

The interactive Field Guide takes community foundations through three main stages of the impact investing journey: Learn, Design, and Activate. At each stage, visitors can click on various topics within that stage to learn more about what the topic entails and how other community foundations have approached place-based investing.