External Resources

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The Four Ps of Marketing: A Roadmap to Greater Visibility for Community Foundations

Visibility is vital to community foundations as they seek to gain credibility and attract new resources. But how can younger and smaller community foundations best use their limited marketing budgets? What audiences should they target first? How important is broad public awareness — and how much investment does it merit? This paper, written by Williams Group, addresses these questions and offers a tested model along with relevant examples and worksheets to help any community foundation create and manage its marketing program.

ICNL Philanthropy Law Reports

The Reports present timely information on national laws and regulations affecting philanthropy. Each report was authored by a local expert in partnership with ICNL

Foundation Center Issue Lab on Gun Violence

A collection of publications, news articles, and issue papers on gun violence from the Foundation Center.

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CDFI Fund Map of All Census Tracts Eligible for Designation as a Qualified Opportunity Zone

View the census tracts eligible for Opportunity Zone designation.

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Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy

This study conducted by Forward Change provides a holistic, in-depth picture of the career experiences of 43 philanthropic professionals of color ranging from Program Officers to CEOs working in a diverse array of foundations. The study surfaced a set of potentially common points of entry, career pathways and obstacles of professionals of color in philanthropy, as well as the factors that helped shape those pathways.

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Trends in Disaster Philanthropy: Examining 15 Years of Disaster Giving to the Asia-Pacific

Give2Asia's report looks at 15 years of its grantmaking to understand giving patterns, program impact, and opportunities in the philanthropy sector.

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 in Canada, 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.

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Philanthropists Across the Political Divide Must Work Together to Cure Extremism

The U.S. Capitol insurrection and the deeply politicized impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump put into sharp focus that America’s body politic is seriously ill. We are, in fact, contending with parallel pandemics. While our political malady may be less immediately deadly than the coronavirus, it could prove just as dangerous to our institutions, our civic life, and our nation’s long-term well-being.