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

Brazil Giving 2019

An overview of charitable giving in Brazil.

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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.

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.

DAFs, PRIs, L3Cs - Tools of Social Impact Investing

This paper from Americans for Community Development outlines an entirely different way to get a significant portion of the capital needed while providing a charitable deduction.

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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.