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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Shaping the global agenda to maximize city leadership on the SDGs

Brookings Institution report on the experiences of vanguard cities in implementing the SDGs.

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Hacking the Sustainable Development Goals: Can US Cities Measure Up?

This report shows that the majority of SDG targets are relevant to US cities and data are generally available to track progress locally, although gaps exist. It provides recommendations to help fill these gaps and create the conditions for better use of data to drive local progress on the SDGs.

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Borrego Valley Endowment Fund Sample Policy with “Do No Harm” Approach

By expanding its purview beyond an exclusive focus on healthcare in Borrego Springs, the BVEF Board has made a strategic decision to expand the focus of the Fund and will partner with other nonprofit organizations to create maximum beneficial impact that is community-wide, self-sustaining, and enduring.

A Paradigm Change: The Case for Private Philanthropy in the Arts in Germany, the Netherlands, and France

A report on the need to increase private philanthropy for the arts and humanities in Germany, the Netherlands, and France after recent cuts in government subsidies.

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Fidelity and Schwab Ban Gifts From Donor-Advised Funds to NRA-Affiliated Charities

The two biggest donor-advised-fund sponsors in the United States, Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable, have banned new donations to 501(c)(3) organizations affiliated with the National Rifle Association, citing reports of Internal Revenue Service investigations into the gun rights group’s network of nonprofits.

Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building

This report from Foundation Centers highlights the key findings and outcomes from a workshop on data strategy and capacity building in Kenya.

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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.